The Turner Medal – Past Recipients

About every two years the Colour Group invites a distinguished artist or art historian, to give The Turner Lecture, honouring Britain’s greatest colourist. A sterling silver medal is awarded to mark the occasion, and the recipient presents a keynote lecture related to his or her work.

Past Turner Lecturers

1998 Peter Sedgley
2000 Albert Irvin 1922 – 2015
2001 Martin Kemp
2003 Roy Osborne Telesio’s Colour Dictionary of 1528
2007 Zandra Rhodes The Only Thing Constant Is Change – A Life in Colour
2009 John Gage Emulous of light: Turner’s colour revisited
2011 Bridget Riley Colour in Particular with reference to works by the artist and other painters
Unfortunately, illness prevented her from delivering the Turner prize lecture
2013 Kaffe Fassett Glorious Colour
2015 Carlos Cruz-Diez Reflections on Colour: video link from Panama to City University. A video made by the Cruz-Diez Foundation is here.
2017 Michael Craig-Martin Colour in Practice
2019 Sarah Street The Art of Film Colour
2021 Margo Selby Weaving in Colour (available here)
2023 Barbara Flückiger The Material Aesthetics of Len Lye‘s Experimental Color Films (available here)