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2 out of 4 for NUA in Turner Prize shortlist

The announcement of this year’s four Turner Prize nominees includes two artists whose careers were launched in exhibitions at The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA).

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George Shaw (centre) erects his work in The Gallery at NUA

The sculptor Karla Black received her first exhibition outside of Scotland in NUA’s EASTinternational 2003. She showed sculptures made from lipstick, body lotion, vaseline and makeup powder in the beautiful riverside studio in the Guntons Building in St Georges Street. She has since returned to the city to show at OUTPOST and has now held major museum exhibitions in Basel and Oxford.

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Karla Black works on an installation in The Gallery at NUA

The Painter George Shaw‘s photo-realist paintings portray council estates he remembers from his childhood near Birmingham. Professor Lynda Morris, who holds NUA’s Chair in Art History and Curation, invited him to take part in an exhibition of young painters influenced by movies from Canada, Europe and Britain in 1999, called ‘Pictures in Pictures’. It was shown in NUA’s gallery and at the Arnolfini in Bristol. The exhibition resulted in Shaw being taken on by the major London art dealer Anthony Wilkinson. Later that year Shaw came back to Norwich for EASTinternational 99 at NUA.

Professor Morris said: “This year’s Turner Prize continues NUA’s strong tradition of presenting the works of highly talented emerging artists to its students and the Norwich public through its exhibition space The Gallery at NUA. Norwich has had a role in the Turner Prize in recent years that is every bit as strong as that of Goldsmiths College in London. Turner Prize artists whose careers we have launched and nurtured include Jeremy Deller, Martin Creed, Tomoko Takahashi and Zarina Bhimji.”

Painting by George Shaw

Artwork by George Shaw shown at EASTinternational ’99

Installation by Karla Black

Installation by Karla Black that showed during EASTinternational ’03

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