A SOUTHEND artist has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize.

Tate Britain has announced Tris Vonna-Michell is one of four artists nominated for this year's prize.

He is joined by Duncan Campbell, James Richards, Ciara Phillips who are all described as collagists, using images and films.

Vonna-Michell, is known for fast-paced live storytelling which sometimes uses slide projections, photocopies and found images. Between them, they employ audio, video, craft and design - but there are no traditional painters or sculptors.

The winner, who will receive £25,000, will be named on 1 December.

Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis, who chairs the jury, admitted this year's Turner nominees were "less well known" than in previous years.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Turner Prize,