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The Turner Prize streaker, who stormed the awards ceremony in Newcastle on Monday, has described the event as the “pinnacle” of his career and said he was performing “part street art”.

Mark Roberts, 46, was arrested on suspicion of causing disorderly conduct at the ceremony at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Wearing little more than a thong and a pink tutu, Mark ran onto the stage just as photographer Mario Testino was about to call out Martin Boyce’s name live on television.

Emblazoned across Robert’s stomach were the words “Study this”, as he leapt over photographers. The streaker was quickly dragged away by security guards and arrested by police soon after.

He has now been bailed. Roberts claims his latest stunt was the 505th time he has streaked.

He said: “This has been a bit of a pinnacle for me – I’ve done every sport going and been all over the world, but the more I read up about the Turner Prize before coming here the more I realised how perfect it was for me.

“And even when I was being dragged away from the podium, Mario Testino said ‘art is everywhere’. I’m absolutely gutted I didn’t fully achieve my objective though.

“My intention was to get up on the stage and do a mini ballerina dance. This has been perfect for what I do. The Turner Prize is about controversy, contemporary art, pushing yourself in an artistic sense, and that’s what I do every time I perform.

“I am an artiste. What I do is part street art, performance art and contemporary art.

“The place was full of art critics so I wore a ballerina’s tutu. Ballerinas are full of poise and grace but I’m a middle-aged fat man – I’m the polar opposite. Hence why I had ‘Study This’ painted on my front – let them work it out.”

Turner Prize winner Martin Boyce, 44, from Hamilton, Lanarkshire, seemed unperturbed by the incident as he took to the podium to accept the £25,000 top prize.


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