The victor is Lubaina Himid, an artist, and art teacher born in Zanzibar, Tanzania, 63 years ago, whose colorful paintings stand out for treating racism and the legacies of slavery. They then awarded the prize to Lubaina Himid for a trio of outstanding shows in Oxford, Bristol and Nottingham.
Accepting her prize, Himid began by thanking the people of Hull, saying: "First of all to the people who stopped me to wish well".
The jury commended the nominated artists for their socially engaged and visually imaginative work. The panel added that they "acknowledged her role as an influential curator and educator who continues to speak urgently to the moment".
Himid makes paintings, prints, drawings and installations which celebrate Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora while challenging institutional invisibility. Himid's win is a historic one, marking the first time a black woman has taken home the award.
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Himid was born on the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, in 1954.
"It reflects well on the motivation for lifting it which is an increasing sense that the work of older artists has been making considerable impact on what we're looking at and how we're thinking about art today", Farquharson said.
The prize, awarded by Tate in England, comes with £25,000 (about $33,500).
Himid competed for the prize against three other artists, namely Rosalind Nashashibi, Andrea Büttner and Hurvin Anderson.
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One of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art.
The jury for the prize comprised Dan Fox, a co-editor of Frieze magazine; critic Martin Herbert; Mason Leaver-Yap, a moving-image scholar at the Walker Art Center and an associate curator at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art; and Emily Pethick, the director of the Showroom gallery.
The annual award for contemporary art was presented to Himid by electronic music star Goldie, in a televised ceremony held in Hull Minster church in the north eastern city of Hull.
Judges from Tate Britain praised her various projects - including the solo exhibitions Lubaina Himid: Invisible Strategies and Navigation Charts - for raising "questions of personal and political identity". Once exclusively exhibited in London, the prize is now displayed out of capital, with this year's location being Hull, the "the UK City of Culture 2017" at the Ferens Art Gallery.
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