Turner prize winners Assemble
Turner Prize winners Assemble are a collective based in London. They work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They started their journey together in 2010 and have described themselves as having between 16 and 20 permanent members all the time they worked.
Turner Prize winner 2015 Assemble’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection. It is between the public and the process by which places are made. Assemble champion a working practice and this practice is interdependent and collaborative. It also seeks to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in their ongoing realization of the work.
None of the Assemble members is a fully qualified architect. Some of they are not architects at all, and have backgrounds in set design for the art gallery, theatre, anthropology, philosophy and construction.
How Assemble became turner prize winners
Some art critics say that Assemble represents a different vision and are not artwork. It is opposite to those mainstream values in the art world. You can read more about the argument put forward in The New York Times by N+1 editor Nikil Saval.
Turner Prize winner Assemble teach architecture and urban design in a number of universities. They give lecture and teach workshops around the world. All of Assemble’s major project work is based in communities in cities in the UK.
Some Assemble artists also work in research. Their studio and office space, which they share with co-operative of Carpenters from Building Crafts College called Workshop East. Other Assemble workers working at a stonemason, and people working in illustration, fine art, ceramics and metal moved in 2016 from Stratford to Bermondsey, retaining its name, Sugarhouse Studios.
Most notable art work of Assemble, the Turner Prize Winner
One of Assemble’s most notable art works is “Granby Four Streets”. It is an ongoing community project in Toxteth, Liverpool. Their some other projects like Beaconsfield Street, Cairns Street, Jermyn Street and Ducie Street were built around 1900. It was with terraced houses for artisan workers.
The first project, 10 Houses on Cairns Street, was realized in collaboration with a Community Land Trust called Granby CLT. Other projects in the area include Granby Workshop and Winter Garden.
Assemble was selected for Turner Prize for The Granby project. It was nominated for and won the 2015 Turner Prize. Their win of Turner Prize was controversial in some quarters as Assemble operate outside of the traditional gallery context. They have never claimed to be artists.
Other projects of Assemble
Assemble’s first two projects, Cineroleum and Folly for a Flyover were so famous and they were temporary installations in public space. Their other projects include Yardhouse, a dismountable affordable workspace.
This project was built next to their workshop and studio in Stratford. Recently it is sold to be rebuilt elsewhere now its original site is up for development.
Assemble have started a number of small organizations which run their projects in the longer term. Some of they are including Baltic Street Adventure Playground in Dalmarnock which is at East Glasgow. The Granby Workshop in Liverpool and Blackhorse Workshop, it is a community workshop and maker space in Walthamstow, North East London.