5 December 2011
Last updated at 14:17
The winner of the 2011 Turner Prize will be announced at the Batic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead later - the first time it has been held away from the Tate and only the second time outside of London. The shortlist includes Scottish-based artist Karla Black, renowned for creating pieces (such as this 2011 work) from such materials as Cellophane and lipstick.
Black, 38, says that she selects everyday materials that she "cannot help but use" and has a "pure, physical desire for".
Black's works - inspired by the minimal and conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s - have sometimes consisted of powder and other materials spread across the floor.
Devonshire-based George Shaw's work evokes memories of his upbringing in the 1970s and brings to life familiar moments from the past that have been repressed.
Shaw's work conveys scenes around the Coventry estate in which he grew up. Poets Day depicts the local library and is - typically for the artist - devoid of any human life.
The 44-year-old's pieces are unusual because he only uses the enamel paint used by model makers. Calling them "humble paints", he believes they are "not made for saying the great things in life". The same paints were also occasionally employed by Picasso but he mixed with with oil paints.
Hilary Lloyd harnesses the moving image using video projections and film monitors. She combines the urban environment with small-scale human scenes such as waiters working in a cafe or, as in this case, details of the male anatomy.
Another of Lloyd's works, Crane, consists of a vertical monitor mounted at chest height on two floor-to-ceiling columns.
Lloyd, who was born in Halifax in 1964 and studied in Newcastle. She is now based in London but has exhibited in cities such as New York, Venice and Basle.
The fourth shortlisted artist, Martin Boyce, creates sculptural installations that often bring a sense of the outoors into the gallery space.
The Glasgow-based artist says an image of four concrete trees made for a modernist garden in a 1920s French exhibition has been an inspirational reference for his work.
Boyce's No Reflections re-imagined the 15th-Century Palazzo Pisani in Venice as an abandoned public garden. Photographer Mario Testino will present the £25,000 prize live on Channel 4.