Assemble wins 2015 Turner Prize for Liverpool housing regeneration project

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London collective Assemble has become the first architecture or design studio to receive the prestigious Turner Prize for art (+ slideshow).

Assemble, a team of 18 young architects and designers, won the UK's most important art award for its work on the Granby Four Streets project in Liverpool.

The project is a collaboration with the residents of a rundown council housing estate to clean up the neighbourhood, paint empty houses and establish a local market.

Assemble constructing Yardhouse

The architects beat a trio of females artists – Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers – for the £25,000 prize, which is awarded annually by Tate gallery to a British artist or group under the age of 50.



As well as being the first "non-artists" to receive the Turner Prize, this is first time a "collective" has won in its 31-year history.

The announcement was made today at a ceremony at the Tramway arts venue in Glasgow, which is hosting an exhibition of the shortlisted projects until 17 January 2016.

Assemble's Granby Workshop social enterprise in Liverpool will sell locally produced homeware
Assemble's Granby Workshop social enterprise in Liverpool sells locally produced homeware

Granby Four Streets involves the renovation of 10 houses and a series of empty shops, planting and creating social outdoor spaces, and offering building jobs and training to local people.

Also as part of the project, Assemble created a workshop selling homeware made in collaboration with local artists and craftspeople.

Assemble was founded in 2010, when the team built a temporary cinema in an abandoned petrol station in London's Clerkenwell. The recent graduates cemented their reputation a year later with another temporary screening space, this time beside a canal under a motorway flyover.

They are currently working on a new gallery for London art college Goldsmiths in a converted bathhouse.

  • Gillian

    As a nearby resident of this project, seeing it develop and grow into the unique and creative place it is today gives me genuine joy! Well done to the residents who tend to beautiful English country gardens outside of boarded up Victorian homes, which triggered this phenomenal prize, and to Assemble for seeing the beauty from afar and putting soul back into the community. Wonderful. I hope this drive continues countrywide.

  • joey

    Assemble creates another beautifully executed example of the intersection between architecture, the community and art, to deliver spaces which support a deeper level of engagement and participatory experiences for audiences.