Each year, a young british artist under the age of 50 is awarded a cash prize for an exceptional exhibition in the previous year. The award was designed to bring the international critical lens to Britain's contemporary artists and is now regarded as one of the most important annual events in all of contemporary art.
Mike Nelson's huge, sprawling, immerssing installations attempt to transport the viewer into other worlds that may just exist. This is his second nomination for the Turner Prize and as such, is considered to be a strong contender.
Mirror Infill, 2006
Amnesiac Shrine or Double Coop Displacement
Nathan Coley was nominated for his work that "manifest the belief systems embedded in society and its architectures."
Camouflage Synagouge 2006
Camouflage Church, 2006
Mark Wallinger's anti-war protest installation has gotten him into the inner circle this year, a second nomination for him as well, he was last short-listed in 1995. The judges have described Wallinger's work as "incredible, epic proportion that places the viewer inn the emotional field of the loneliness of protest". Wallinger is considered to be the forerunner in this year's nominations. His previous nomination does not guarantee a win this year, however his works were very well received and his subject matter is of uncompromising significance at this time.
Zarina Bhimji's atmospheric, haunting, alluring images that engage with "universal human emotions such as grief, pleasure, love and betrayal using non-narrative photography and film-making" have gotten her onto the shortlist.
This Unhinged Her, 1998-2006
Guardian Unlimited Arts