Professor Lubaina Himid awarded for services to art
Turner Prize winner and University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Professor Lubaina Himid has been made a Commander of The Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
The contemporary art professor was awarded the title for her services to art. Lubaina was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June following her Turner Prize success in December 2017 when she was chosen over Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Buttner and Rosalind Nashashibi for the sought after award, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious international visual arts awards.
Lubaina, who was recently named as the first Guardian artist in residence, commented: “I feel honoured to receive this award and hope to be able to use it to encourage positive action around art and artists to highlight our unique and enriching contribution to the lives of everyone.
“The ceremony was a bit of a blur for me but the short conversation with Prince Charles was reassuring, spookily knowledgeable and funny as he asked about balancing teaching and working in the studio on large scale international projects.”
The Preston-based artist and UCLan PhD supervisor was also awarded an MBE in June 2010 for services to black women's art. She has spent her 35-year career shining a light on the trade in enslaved people and the contribution made by the people of the Black Diaspora.