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Turner Prize finalists unveiled in London

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>> From a pair of golden buttocks to a pile of copper pennies. These rooms are filled with what an independent panel has deemed the greatest contemporary art produced by British artists in the last year.>> I'm Reuters reporter, Mia at the exhibition for the four finalists of the Turner Prize here at London's Tate Britain.
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So what is the Turner Prize? Well, it was set up in 1984 and is given each year to an artist aged under 50 for an outstanding exhibition of contemporary art in the last 12 months. It was named after the innovative, and somewhat controversial, 19th century painter. Past winners have certainly divided the crowd, and judging by what I've seen around me here today, this year could well do the same.
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Three female, and one male artist in 2016s top four. From cotton buds and tea pots, to a graffiti covered model train, and a brick suit.>> The whole point of the prize, is to introduce the public to contemporary art, and to really broaden their perspective about what contemporary art means.
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>> Lindsay Young is the curator at the Tate.>> The jury select the work that's in here and they select from the absolute best and they want to show the best art to those people. And maybe it seems a bit strange, because I suppose if you don't work at contemporary art it is quite unusual, but I think the Tate is here and the reason at Tate Britain is because we hopefully help to decipher things for you and to help you along the way.
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You can come here and see the kind of fore people that industry experts have come said are the people to be watching. And you might not like everything and that's absolutely fine.>> Past winners certainly haven't been to everyone's taste. You can forget Damien Hurston his cow and calf in formaldehyde, or Tracy Emmon and her unmade bed.
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This year's winner will be announced in December. Those behind it hope the Tanner Prize will incite debate, with finalists allowing visitors to share their own images of the exhibition on social media, that conversation sure to spread.