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Cheshire artist wins prestigious Turner Prize

Turner Prize winner Credit: PA
Helen Marten who's 31 wins top art prize Credit: PA

An artist from Cheshire is celebrating winning the prestigious Turner Prize.

At the age of just 31, Helen Marten from Macclesfield has already won a number of accolades for her sculpture.

Marten's work is exhibited at Tate Britain, London Credit: PA

She's expanded her awards cabinet after being named winner of the 2016 Turner Prize.

Born in Macclesfield in 1985, the London-based artist has studied in some of the country's most prestigious institutions, including the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, the University of Oxford, and Central Saint Martins.

But the success of her work has stretched around the globe, with pieces and exhibitions featured in Norway, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Miami and New York.

Helen Marten wins Turner prize Credit: PA

The £25,000 jackpot she received for her Turner Prize installation will add to the £30,000 she scooped last month for winning the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture.

Marten is known for using sculpture, screen printing and her own writing to construct pieces that reference both contemporary and historical themes, whether they are everyday or more outlandish.

Her installation for the Turner Prize was divided into three sections and used objects such as coins, cotton buds, eggs and snakeskin to produce a playful collage.

She described the work herself as "husked down" to "geometric memories of themselves".

Organisers of the competition described her work as inviting the viewer to become "archaeologists of our own times, to consider family items as if we are seeing them for the first time".

Marten's first notable award came in 2008 when she won The Fitzgerald Prize at Oxford's Exeter College.

The following year she was awarded the Boise Travel Scholarship and in 2011 was recognised at the Prix Lafayette and was shortlisted for the Luma Award.

She went on to win the award the following year.

Update: Boy killed by 'unattended car' identified as Kaden Gowers

Kaden Gowers Credit: MEN Syndication

The 13-year-old was killed after being run over by an 'unattended car'.

The incident happened on Fowey Close, off St Austell Drive in Macclesfield, shortly before 9pm last night.

Police investigating the matter confirmed no one else was involved in the incident.

Kaden attended the All Hallows Catholic College in the town.

Kaden attended the All Hallows Catholic College Credit: MEN Syndication

A police spokesman said:

At 8.49pm, on Tuesday 20 September, emergency services were called to an address in Fowey Close, Macclesfield following the report of an RTC.

The incident involved an unattended car and a 13-year-old boy from Macclesfield. No one else was involved in the incident.

Paramedics attended the scene but the boy had sustained injuries which later proved to be fatal.

Investigations are ongoing to establish the exact cause of the accident.

The boy’s next of kin have been informed.

– Police spokesman



Dashcam catches dangerous driver

Dashcam footage has captured the moment a man almost crashes TWICE after pulling a 'dangerous' manoeuvre.

Driver Philip Gordon Wearing from Macclesfield was spotted overtaking several vehicles while pulling a trailer along the narrow A487 in Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, last September.

The 58-year-old was handed a six-month suspended jail term after pleading guilty to dangerous driving at Caernarfon Crown Court. He was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work and banned from driving for a year.

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