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event Turner prize announcement

It's Turner Prize time again and the four artists nibbling their nails in the wings, as fashion designer and gallery owner Agnes B prepares to hand over the pounds 20,000, are Cathy de Monchaux, Tacita Dean, Sam Taylor- Wood and, the hot favourite, Chris Ofili (left). In the absence of a K Foundation offering a parallel prize to the "worst artist", or the chance of a tired and emotional Tracey Emin taking part in the aftershow discussion, there's been an attempt to whip up controversy around the fact that Taylor- Wood has made videos for jury member Neil Tennant in the past. It's all grist to the publicity mill and, once the winner has been announced in co-sponsor Channel 4's live programme on Tuesday (8-9pm), punters can still see all the shortlisted artists' work at the Tate Gallery, London SW1 until 10 Jan and choose their own favourite.

Sharon Gethings