The Easel

13th December 2022

Turner Prize: Windrush memorial artist Veronica Ryan wins for ‘poetic’ sculptures

Britain’s art world nodded in approval with this week’s announcement that Ryan, a sculptor, had won the Turner Prize. She is the oldest winner of this prize and it comes after years of struggle and invisibility. One works cited by the jury is a public sculpture of a custard apple, a breadfruit and a soursop – recognition of a generation of immigrants to Britain following WW2. Says one critic, Ryan is “the real deal: a thoughtful, secretive, poetic artist”. Said Ryan of the prize, “better late than never”.