On December 7, 18-member collective Assemble was awarded Europe’s most prestigious visual arts accolade, the Turner Prize. Not only was Assemble the first collaborative to win and, with an age range of 26-29, the youngest too, but in a stark departure from previous years, they describe themselves not as artists but as architects. The group was nominated for their project in the British city of Liverpool, using art and design to tackle urban dereliction and improve quality of lives for residents. For the Turner Prize Exhibition they created a shop filled with objects specially created by a social enterprise from recycled materials, all of which were available for purchase with all profits ploughed back into the scheme. According to the judges, “Assemble draws on long traditions of artistic and collective initiatives that experiment in art, design and architecture. In doing so they offer alternative models for how societies can work.” The exhibition is on show at the Tramway, Glasgow, in collaboration with the Tate, and runs until January 17. Visit tramway.org for more.