Turner Bursary for artist whose Birmingham show is inspired by famous lesbian novel

Turner Bursary for artist whose Birmingham show is inspired by famous lesbian novel
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Posted on 13 Jul 2020

An artist whose latest exhibition, currently showing at a Birmingham gallery, features at its centre a video showing a dramatised exchange between two non-binary people, has been selected to receive a Turner Bursary.


Jamie Crewe’s Love & Solidarity, on display at the city’s Grand Union gallery & studios, uses videos, sculptures, drawing and writing to explore ideas of identity, power, desire, community and history. 

The work takes inspiration from Radclyffe Hall’s 1928 lesbian novel, The Well Of Loneliness, and its lasting impressions on generations of LGBTQIA+ people.


The book is a portrait of Stephen Gordon: a masculine lover of women, who wants to be a country gentleman like her father. The book thwarts her desires, and has been an influence on many Anglophone queer and lesbian women, regarded both as a stirring representation and a regrettable antique. 

It has also been interpreted in the field of transgender studies, with some critics arguing that Stephen might be better understood as a trans man.


The £10,000 Tate Turner Bursary Prize replaces this year's Turner Prize and is seen as a way to support a selection of artists through 'a precarious and uncertain time'. 

The judging panel awarding the prize “particularly praised Crewe’s dynamic and poetic retellings of mythology and literature while exploring contemporary notions of gender”.


For further information about the venue and exhibition, visit: grand-union.org.uk

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