Turner Prize Betting

Betting on the Turner Prize marks a fairly unique part of the Events Betting calendar as it is one of the only -, if not the only - market related to art. Although it is not a major part of the annual betting calendar, it is one of those events where the media turn to the bookies for guidance on who is favourite to win. It's also one of those events that gives a generally unappreciative nation the chance to voice their predictable response of "a five year old could've painted that"!

Nevertheless, the prize is a prestigious one, and has been won in the past by famous contemporary artists like Damien Hirst and Gilbert and George. The Turner Prize is, of course, named after J.M.W Turner, the famous landscape artist, although it is actaully organised by Tate Britain and has only been awarded every year since 1984 (Turner died in 1851). The prize is intended to recognise artists who have exhibited outstanding work in the preceding year. Only artists under the age of 50 qualify.

Standard betting markets for the Turner prize are straight win markets for each of the four nominees.

Turner Prize 2008 Betting Information

This year's will be awarded in December and will be televised live by Channel 4. The four nominees for this year are Mark Leckey, Goshka Macuga, Runa Islam and Cathy Wilkes, the exhibitions curator, Sophie OBrien feels that this is a really exciting year for the prize. Wilkes work consists of a supermarket checkout with a Mannequin sat on a toilet and a bowl of dried up bits of porridge by her feet. Leckey has images of Felix the Cat in his Industrial Light and Magic show while Islam’s work consists of a woman in white wandering around with bits of broken porcelain on the floor. Macuga has a glass, steel and fabric installation entitled ‘Haus der Frau 2.


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