Hilary is in the frame for the Turner Prize

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A CALDERDALE artist has been shortlisted for the country’s top contemporary art award.

Hilary Lloyd, who was born in Halifax, is one of the final four in the running for this year’s Turner Prize.

Halifax-born artist Hilary Lloyd, 46, has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize

Halifax-born artist Hilary Lloyd, 46, has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize

The 46-year-old was nominated for her exhibition at London’s Raven Row gallery - her first major show in the capital in a decade.

The installation featured still and moving images, created with video, slides and photography, and also prominently displayed the projectors and monitors used to show them.

According to judges: “It marked a step-change for the artist in terms of the ambition and scale of her project, which investigates the interrelation of moving image, sound and sculptural form in the portrayal of the urban environment.”

Ms Lloyd, who now lives and works in London, is up against Martin Boyce, Karla Black and George Shaw for the award.

It was established in 1984 and is awarded to a British contemporary artist under the age of 50 for an outstanding exhibition in the last year.

With a total prize pot of £40,000, it is one of the richest in the arts world - but it is also one of the most controversial.

Damien Hirst triggered a storm of criticism when he won in 1995 with Mother and Child, Divided, a bisected cow and calf in formaldehyde, as did 1999 nominee Tracy Emin’s My Bed.

The work of this year’s shortlisted artists, ranging from painting to sculpture, will be exhibited at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Work, Gateshead, from October 21.

The winner will be chosen by jury of art experts, chaired by Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis, and will scoop £25,000. The three runners-up will each net £5,000.

The decision will be announced at BALTIC on December 5 and broadcast live on Channel 4, which is sponsoring the prize fund for the 20th year.

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