ICFE Art Department can uncross their fingers now that former art student Duncan Campbell has won the 2014 Turner Prize for his essay film ‘It for Others’. The staff, who were on tenderhooks since his nomination are overjoyed that he has won.
Duncan won this year’s £25,000 Turner Prize for a video that reflects on African art and includes a dance sequence inspired by Karl Marx. The jury described the winning film It for Others as “an ambitious and complex film which rewards repeated viewing”.
In 1988 Duncan Campbell was 16 years old when he completed one year PLC art course in Inchicore College of Further Education . “ The journey that our students take after leaving us often surprises and delights us “ says course director Kristina McElroy “ but to say that I was stunned to read that Duncan was a Turner Prize nominee is an understatement. Within the art world to be a Turner Prize nominee is as big an event as gaining a gold medal at the Olympics. ” . After his studies in Inchicore Duncan went much later to complete a BA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster in 1996. Following this he completed a MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 1998.
From 8 November 2014 – 8 February 2015 IMMA presents the first major exhibition in Dublin by Turner Prize Nominee Duncan Campbell. Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell ‘s (b. 1972) artistic production spans several media and concerns itself with the power of stories and the boundaries between the actual and the imagined, historical narrative and media representation, record and interpretation.