Elizabeth Price has won the Turner Prize 2012.

Price, the former 1980s pop musician won for her “seductive and immersive” video trilogy and became the first video artist to win the £25,000 prize for over a decade.

The announcement was made at the Tate Britain in London and transmitted live on Channel 4, where actor Jude Law had the honour of reading out the result, but not before launching an astonishing attack on the government's "cultural vandalism" over the introduction of the English Baccalaureate, which he said would take "arts, design and music" out of schools.


Her winning piece 'The Woolworths Choir of 1979' is three part video that focuses first on the make up and history of churches, before moving on to footage of the 1960s band the Shangri-Las then ending with news footage covering the 1979 fire in a Manchester Woolworths that killed 10 people.

She said: "I can't remember what I thought about it as a child other than it made a significant impression."

Price also criticised the Government and praised her education at a comprehensive school, Putteridge High School, in Luton.
She said: "It's incredibly depressing listening to the comments people made earlier that a young girl from Luton going to a comprehensive might not be able to imagine being an artist and might not have the opportunities I've had."

Price, who started out as a singer with 1980s indie pop band Talulah Gosh, said her career would be "unimaginable" without public support for the arts.

She said she wanted her art to recreate the excitement she felt going to gigs, but admitted: "I gave up doing pop music because I hated being on stage and was very shy."

Price was one of four artists shortlisted for the prestigious prize, including fellow film-maker Luke Fowler, performance artist Spartacus Chetwynd and Paul Noble, who produced a series of detailed drawings of fictional city Nobson Newtown.

Bradford-born Price, who grew up in Luton before studying in London, joins previous winners including Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry.

The Turner Prize sees £25,000 go to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.

She said she was currently working as an artist in residence at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot.

She told reporters her next work involved "looking particularly at thermal and photographic images of the sun" but admitted she did not know what she was going to do with them.

Huffington Post UK said of Price's entry in our review:

"Price takes over a year to make each of her films, and it shows. In particular her 20 minute piece inspired by a fire in a branch of Woolworths in 1979 - in which 10 people died - is beautifully produced short that is the highlight of this year's show.

Set in three distinct parts, In Woolworths Choir of 1979 opens with an examination of the structure of a chapel using photographs, filmed footage and modern graphics. Passing through a middle section featuring music by 60s girl band Shangri-Las, it ends vividly documenting the fire using archive material. It sounds like it should be incoherent, but the strands are woven together by a number of motifs and metaphors.

So much to think about is crammed inside such a short space of time, yet overall, the piece flows almost like a modern music video, using text and sound effects to narrate the story . It's highly technically accomplished, but with a poetic touch. I hope it wins the top prize in December - it certainly deserves to."

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  • "Is it all a fix?" Judge Lynn Barber raised her concerns about the fairness of the judging system in 2006 and many were insulted by suggestions that the public vote was not being properly taken into account. Stuckist protestors soon took up the chant, much to Barber's annoyance. IMAGE: Wikimedia

  • In 1997 a drunk Tracey Emin walked out of a live Channel 4 discussion programme about the award. She claims to have no memory of the event and later described her shock at reading about her behaviour in next day's paper. IMAGE: Wikimedia

  • When Fiona Banner's wall-sized description of a porn film, <em>Arsewoman in Wonderland</em>, was nominated in 2002 it sparked comment from some unlikely quarters. Renowned porn star Ben Dover and Prince Charles joined in the chorus and graffiti artist Banksy stencilled "mind the crap" on the steps of the Tate. IMAGE: Johnny Green/PA

  • It seems the Tate's steps love a bit of the limelight. When artist Chris Ofili used balls of elephant dung as part of his mixed-media prize-winning piece, one angry protester made his views clear by heaping dung on the gallery steps. IMAGE: Matthew Fearn/PA

  • Despite attracting a lot of attention, Tracey Emin's rumpled bed, complete with used condoms and stained underwear, failed to win the 1999 prize. However, it did inspire two young artists to stage a performance piece,<em> Two Naked Men Jump Into Tracey's Bed</em>. Pretty self-explanatory. IMAGE: PA

  • The early nineties may have seen Damien Hirst catapulted into the public eye, but it wasn't due to Turner Prize success. Although he remains the standout nominee of the 1992 prize - with his famous <em>The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living</em> (a shark in formaldehyde) - he didn't actually with the prize till 1995. IMAGE: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment/ PA

  • In 1986 Gilbert and George became the first artists to win with pieces that were not paintings. Their photomontage <em>Drunk with God</em> bagged them the prize. IMAGE: Fiona Hanson/PA

  • 2007 was the first year in Turner Prize history that it was held outside London, with Tate Liverpool hosting the prize. That year, Mark Wallinger won with <em>Sleeper</em>, a film of him walking round a museum dressed in a bear costume. IMAGE: Peter Byrne/PA

  • In 2001 guest of honour Madonna got in trouble when she swore live on air while awarding the prize to Martin Creed. It was before the 9pm watershed and Channel 4 was given an official rebuke by the Independent Television Commission. IMAGE: PA

  • In 1993 the maverick K Foundation attracted media attention when they announced the award of the Anti-Turner Prize, £40,000 to be given to Britain's worst artist, chosen from the actual Turner Prize short-list. They awarded it to Rachel Whiteread. Expensive whim? Not compared with next year's antics - a film of them burning a million quid. IMAGE: Wikimedia

  • Last year's show became the most visited Turner Prize exhibition ever. The prize left London for the second time, being held in Gateshead at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Though one fan, looking pretty in pink, got a little too excited... IMAGE: Scott Heppell/ PA