The Turner Prize win is set to bring major exposure to Himid—who is also a curator and professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire—at a time of growing public attention to her work. The exhibition in Hull has already drawn some 90,000 people.
Yet the artist herself rejects the idea that she was ignored. “I was overlooked by critics, by press, but I was never overlooked by art historians or curators or other artists,” she told the BBC. “It won’t make any difference to the kind of work I make but it will make a difference to…the people who have supported me all these years,” she added of winning the Turner Prize. “That sounds like a cliche, but I’ve kind of won it for them, too.”