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  But is it art? say kids
Updated 14 November 2001, 19.07
Martin Creed's flashing light
The room with the flashing light

"I think the room where the light goes on and off is just rubbish. I could do that in my bedroom and not get 20,000 for it!"

That's the verdict of 11-year-old Jordan who checked out the controversial Turner Prize for us at the Tate Gallery in London.

Courting controversy

Every year, one artist wins 20,000 for the best new work of art, as decided by a panel of expert judges.

But each year the competition hits the headlines, because its strange and modern artworks get people either upset or excited.

Mike Nelson's workshop
The workshop
This year's no different with controversial exhibits including a room with a light going on and off, a corridor leading to a grubby workshop, and a film of a kid smoking backwards.

10-year-old Melissa was left confused but intrigued by the exhibition: "The workshop was unusual and well thought out. It's my favourite piece even though I don't understand it."

But is it art?

Fact File
Famous past pieces
Painting made with elephant dung
Shark floating in chemicals
A cast of a house
But all three of the young critics agreed on one thing - they don't think it's art.

"My favourite thing was the film with the symmetrical pictures - but I still wouildn't call it art" said nine-year-old Ruth.

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