LONDON, 7 December 2011 - The Turner Prize always grabs the headlines, and usually is taken as a stick to beat the contemporary art world. Gratifying then to see the most recent winner, Scottish sculptor Martin Boyce rightly lauded for his installations include bins, scattered leaves and park benches.

The exhibition and presentation – enlivened not only by Mario Testino giving the award, but also by the appearance of a streaker just to give the competitive nature of the prize the correct sporting feel – took place at the Baltic gallery in Gateshead and attracted huge crowds, showing the appeal of contemporary art across Britain.