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Controversial artwork gets Kelso talking

If you've been to the Border town of Kelso in the past week, you will have noticed the huge rock that has appeared in the town square.

The 19 tonne lump of basalt will be carved with local place names.

Called the Kelsae Stane, it's the winning design of a £40,000 art project and, like most pieces of public art, it's certainly a talking point.

Jenny Longden reports.

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Council welcomes artist's success at Turner Prize

South Lakeland District Council have welcomed the news that a piece of artwork - that was created in the area - has won this year's Turner Prize.

SLDC’s Director of People and Places, David Sykes, said:

“We are pleased to support Grizedale Arts and we are proud of its role in helping to secure the Turner Prize for Laure Prouvost.

“We would like to congratulate the organisation on this wonderful achievement, which is testament to its commitment to commissioning ambitious and thought-provoking contemporary art.

“It will deservedly boost the national and international profile of Grizedale Arts while also helping to put South Lakeland on the map.”

“We are delighted to hear that Laure Prouvost has won this prestigious prize for a work inspired by and created in South Lakeland.

“It is a fantastic achievement not only for the artist, but also for Grizedale Arts, which does a wonderful job in making art relevant and exciting both for our local communities and a wider audience.”

– Councillor Peter Thornton, leader of South Lakeland District Council, (SLDC)

The jury, chaired by the Director of Tate Britain, Penelope Curtis, said that Prouvost’s work was “unexpectedly moving” and praised its “complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment”.

“Building on personal memory, it [Wantee] weaves together fact, fiction, art history and modern technology.

“Using film in a completely contemporary way, Prouvost takes viewers to an inner world, while making reference to the streaming of images in a post-internet age.”

South Cumbria set to host Turner Prize winner

A museum in South Cumbria is getting ready to welcome back a prestigious artist the have claimed as their own.

Grizedale Arts, based at the Ruskin Museum in Consiton, commissioned 'Wantee', a video by French artist Laure Prouvost.

It made her the latest Turner Prize winner and she is coming back to Coniston this weekend.

The Turner Prize comes to Cumbria

The installation art on display at the Tate Modern Credit: Turner Prize 2014

This year's Turner Prize-winning artwork is going on display in Cumbria where it was conceived and created.

Laure Provoust scooped the top prize with her installations Credit: Turner Prize 2014

The winning exhibit, Wantee by Laure Provoust, will be at the Ruskin Museum in Coniston.

She was announced as the winner of the prestigious contemporary art prize on Monday.

A piece entitled 'Whitehall' Credit: Turner Prize 2014

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Dumfries shortlisted for artistic award

Dumfries' attempts to become an "art town" have taken a big step forward.

In recent years the town's got a reputation for hosting a number of successful arts events such as the Big Burns Supper, which attracts thousands of people.

Dumfries has now been shortlisted for a Creative Place Award, worth 150 thousand pounds. The winner will be announced in January next year.Organisers say that if they won, it would help make Dumfries one of the main places for arts and festivals in Scotland.

Thousands visit Cumbrian art exhibition

Around 1000 people have visited an exhibition of Cumbrian Artists in its first week at the Blackwell Arts Centre in Bowness-on-Windermere.

The historic house in the heart of the Lake District has hosted some big names in the art world but for the rest of the year it's be home to handiwork from closer to home.

One of the artists is Katy Holford, who came to glass factory Cumbria Crystal in Ulverston 3 years ago when the company was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Her designs turned the company around and they now employ 6 more people, including 2 local apprentices.

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