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What Has the Turner Prize Ever Done for Us?

Magazine arts show. Waldemar Januszczak looks back over three decades of the Turner Prize to learn more about our relationship to the relevance and purpose of contemporary art.

The Turner Prize is probably the most prestigious contemporary art prize in the world. It puts art in the headlines - though not always for the right reasons.

In this programme, critic and broadcaster Waldemar Januszczak looks back over three decades of critical acclaim, public outcry and artistic controversy, hearing from the winners, nominees and judges to find out what the history of the prize can tell us about our relationship to the relevance and purpose of contemporary art.

30 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    James Holden

    Blackpool Late Eighties

  • 00:05

    Wham!

    Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

  • 00:07

    The Specials

    Ghost Town

  • 00:09

    Nils Frahm

    Hammers

  • 00:11

    Massive Attack

    Unfinished Sympathy

  • 00:13

    Blur

    Parklife

  • 00:16

    Radiohead

    No Surprises

  • 00:18

    Mogwai

    Christmas Steps

  • 00:22

    Radiohead

    There, There

  • 00:25

    The Knife

    Silent Shout

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Waldemar Januszczak
Series Producer John Mullen
Executive Producer Janet Lee

Broadcast

BBC Arts

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