Lubaina Himid in ancestral Turner Prize win

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The artist was congratulated by presenter Goldie and Tate executive Maria Balshaw

Lubaina Himid has turn the oldest leader of the Turner Prize, and the first black lady to collect up the art award.

The 63-year-old Zanzibar-born, Preston-based artist won the £25,000 esteem for work addressing secular politics and the bequest of slavery.

The judges praised her “uncompromising rebellious of issues including colonial story and how injustice persists today”.

She was named the leader at a rite in Hull, now UK City of Culture.

Media captionLubaina Himid talks to the BBC about her win

Who is Lubaina Himid?

Described in Feb by the Daily Telegraph as “the under-appreciated favourite of black British art”, Himid done her name in the 1980s as one of the leaders of the British black humanities transformation – both portrayal and curating exhibitions of likewise ignored artists.

But she has now got the recognition she deserves. Her territory of the Turner Prize muster in Hull contains work from the 1980s to today, including wooden figures, pottery and newspapers that she has embellished on.

The centrepiece is 1987’s A Fashionable Marriage, formed on William Hogarth’s Marriage A-la Mode, which facilities a expel of cut-out characters including a flirting Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

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Himid’s 1987 work A Fashionable Marriage was desirous by William Hogarth

There are also porcelain cooking sets, found in junk shops. Himid has embellished images of black slaves on some and aristocrats – some of whom are queasiness at the news of the extermination of labour – on others.

She has also embellished over tools of journal pages to show how they “used black people in a very pointed way which could be pronounced to criticise their identity.”

She is highbrow of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire and was done an MBE in 2010 for services to black women’s art.

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She embellished over pages of the Guardian in a criticism on the way black people are decorated in the media

What the judges said

The Turner Prize row pronounced they dignified Himid’s “expansive and generous proceed to portrayal which combines joke and a clarity of theatre”.

They also pronounced they “acknowledged her role as an successful curator and teacher who continues to pronounce urgently to the moment”.

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This portrayal was desirous by the story of a worker ship on which all but one worker went blind

Himid pronounced she was “thrilled” to win, and thanked a list of long-time supporters in her acceptance speech.

She said: “To the art and informative historians who cared adequate to write essays about my work for decades – appreciate you, you gave me living in the forest years.”

Analysis by Will Gompertz, BBC humanities editor

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Images relating to the worker trade embellished on a 100-piece cooking service

Lubaina Himid’s Turner win is being put down to the well-documented order change that did divided with its 50-or-younger age restriction, which had been in place given 1991.

Clearly, the 63-year-old artist wouldn’t – couldn’t – have won but the dismissal of the age cap. But there was another, reduction publicised order change this year that also benefited her.

For the first time the jurors were allowed to take into comment the work any artist displayed in the Turner Prize exhibition.

“What?” you may ask. “Hasn’t that always been the case? Why wouldn’t they take the muster the open see – and therefore judge by – into account?”

Goodness knows why, but they didn’t. Which competence help explain some of the prior winners, and positively creates clarity of Himid receiving the contemporary art endowment for an muster packaged with work she done some time ago.

Her tableau A Fashionable Marriage, a satirical and domestic 1980s take on a stage from Hogarth’s 18th Century series Marriage A-la Mode, was the singular best work of art in the whole Turner Prize exhibition.

It would have been a estimable leader when she done it in 1986 and – interjection to the order change – it was a estimable leader last night.

Speaking to BBC News afterwards, Himid pronounced some of the art investiture was now throwing up with her.

“I was ignored by critics, by press, but we was never ignored by art historians or curators or other artists,” she said.

She pronounced her win substantially wouldn’t change people’s perspectives and attitudes, but added: “I consider it will get people talking, which is the indicate of my work.”

Asked how she would spend the £25,000 cheque, she said: “I spend utterly a lot of my income operative with other artists, infrequently asking them to make things or assisting them to make things when maybe they didn’t get a extend or whatever.

“So I’ll do a bit of that. And I’ll buy some shoes.”

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After a change in the rules, this was the first time given 1991 that artists over the age of 50 were authorised for the prize, which used to be barbarous for rewarding vast YBAs [Young British Artists].

As good as Himid, 52-year-old Birmingham painter Hurvin Anderson done it on to this year’s shortlist.

Tate Britain executive Alex Farquharson, who chaired this year’s jury, pronounced there was a enterprise to applaud artists who had formerly been neglected by the mainstream.

And there was a very general feel to the shortlist, which also enclosed Stuttgart-born Andrea Buttner and film-maker Rosalind Nashashibi, who was innate in Croydon to Palestinian-Irish parents.

Their work is on show at the Ferens art gallery in Hull until 7 January.

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