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This year’s winner of the Turner Prize, Susan Philipsz is the fourth woman to win in the history of the controversial contemporary art competition

Susan has given up on a quiet life after her £25,000 win at the Tate Britain last night. The Glasgow born artist is the first prize-winner to make aural art. She recorded three versions of a Scottish lament ‘Lowlands Away’ - a song about of a man drowned at sea who returns to tell his lover of his death - for her installation.

The judges praised her work Lowlands for providing a "powerful sculptural experiences". The dreamy soundscapes were interrupted by a noisy student demonstration outside the Tate Britain on the night.

Susan Philipsz beat The Otolith, painter/sculptor Angela de la Cruz and painter Dexter Dalwood.

Top 5 Turner Prize controversies

Anya Gallaccio’s rotting apples literally caused a stink in 2003

Kim Howells, former Culture Secretary, famously described the Turner as “cold, mechanical, conceptual bull***” in 2002

Michael Landy famously destroyed every single possession to create a new work in 2001

Madonna famously said the f-word on live television when presenting the prize to winner Martin Creed in 2001

Tracey Emin won for ‘My Bed’ which featured an unmade bed with stained sheets in 1999.

The Turner Prize Exhibiton runs at Tate Britain until 3 January 2011.

Picture Credit: Getty Images

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