Spectacular Hull Minster shines for Turner Prize ceremony

 Turner Prize 2017 winner Lubaina Himid addresses guests at Hull Minster, as artist and musician Goldie and Tate Director Maria Balshaw look on. Picture: Chris Pepper/Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Turner Prize 2017 winner Lubaina Himid addresses guests at Hull Minster, as artist and musician Goldie and Tate Director Maria Balshaw look on. Picture: Chris Pepper/Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Rejuvenated Hull Minster has provided the stunning setting to announce the winner of one of the world’s most prestigious art prizes.

The eyes of the world focused on Hull as the winner of the Turner Prize 2017 was revealed in a spectacular ceremony hosted in the magnificent 700-year-old church.

The Turner Prize exhibition has been drawing crowds to the Ferens Art Gallery since September, with the work of shortlisted artists Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi on display at the refurbished gallery in Hull’s Queen Victoria Square.

The winning artist, Lubaina Himid, was selected by a jury chaired by Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain, and received a prize of £25,000 with the runners-up each receiving £5,000.

The glittering awards ceremony was broadcast live on the BBC News Channel, showcasing Hull Minster’s remarkable renewal under the church’s development project to a national audience.

 Artist, musician and actor Goldie prepares to announce the winner of the Turner Prize 2017. Picture: Chris Pepper/Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Artist, musician and actor Goldie prepares to announce the winner of the Turner Prize 2017. Picture: Chris Pepper/Hull UK City of Culture 2017

It comes as a key phase in the £4.5m transformation of majestic Hull Minster nears completion, with the nave cleared of its central pews to become a flexible venue for worship as well as cultural and community events.

The Vicar of Hull Minster, the Reverend Canon Dr Neal Barnes, said: “It was a huge honour for Hull Minster to host the Turner Prize awards ceremony.

“This was the latest event of so many during our wonderful City of Culture year that have put Hull in the national and international spotlight.

“We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to show the world how our 700-year-old church is being renewed and revitalised at a time of such exciting regeneration for our great city.”

The Turner Prize 2017 exhibition will continue to be open to the public at Ferens Art Gallery until January 7, 2018.