LONDON (AP) — French filmmaker and installation artist Laure Prouvost on Monday won this year's Turner Prize, the prestigious British award for contemporary art.

The 35-year-old won with a video installation that included a short film shown in a room featuring a table set for a tea party.

"Thank you for having a French one here, thank you for adopting me," she said at an award ceremony in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It was the first time the award has been presented outside England.

Prouvost, who is based in London, beat three other finalists: Popular humorist David Shrigley, British-German artist Tino Sehgal, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a Londoner of Ghanaian descent.

Organizers have praised Prouvost's work for their "richly layered stories, translation, and surreal moments." They say she has created a distinct visual language that engages "in an ongoing conversation with the history of art and literature."

The 25,000-pound ($40,000) award, given annually to a British or Britain-based artist under 50, often sparks lively debate about the value of modern art.

Previous winners of the prize, named for 19th-century landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, include media favorites such as transvestite potter Grayson Perry, shark pickler Damien Hirst and dung-daubing painter Chris Ofili.

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  • Three out of four of the nominated artists for the Turner Prize exhibition 2013, Laure Provost, left, David Shrigley, centre, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye pose for a photocall in Ebrington, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. This is the first ever presentation outside England of the Turner Prize- the UK's most prestigious art prize. The exhibition features work by the four nominated artists. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

  • A museum staff member watches a video part of the artwork installation by Turner Prize shortlisted French artist Laure Prouvost, displayed in a former Army base in Ebrington Square in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on October 29, 2013. In it's 29th year, the prestigious Turner Prize exhibition is held for the first time outside England. The winner will be announced on December 2, 2013. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A museum staff member watches a video part of an artwork installation by Turner Prize shortlisted French artist Laure Prouvost, displayed in a former Army base in Ebrington Square in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on October 29, 2013. In it's 29th year, the prestigious Turner Prize exhibition is held for the first time outside England. The winner will be announced on December 2, 2013. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A museum staff member poses in front of a painting by Turner Prize shortlisted English artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, displayed in a former Army base in Ebrington Square in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on October 29, 2013. In it's 29th year, the prestigious Turner Prize exhibition is held for the first time outside England. The winner will be announced on December 2, 2013. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A museum employee prepares Turner Prize shortlisted British artist David Shrigley's exhibition 'Life Model' in a former Army base in Ebrington Square in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on October 29, 2013. In it's 29th year, the prestigious Turner Prize exhibition is held for the first time outside England. The winner will be announced on December 2, 2013. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Museum staff pose in a room of paintings by Turner Prize shortlisted English artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, displayed in a former Army base in Ebrington Square in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on October 29, 2013. In it's 29th year, the prestigious Turner Prize exhibition is held for the first time outside England. The winner will be announced on December 2, 2013. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A museum employee prepares Turner Prize shortlisted British artist David Shrigley's exhibition 'Life Model' in a former Army base in Ebrington Square in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on October 29, 2013. In it's 29th year, the prestigious Turner Prize exhibition is held for the first time outside England. The winner will be announced on December 2, 2013. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • French artist Laure Prouvost (R) reacts as her new born baby is brought on stage held by presenter Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (L) after Prouvost was announced as the winner of the 2013 Turner Prize for contemporary art at the awards ceremony at the former Army base in Ebrington Square in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on December 2, 2013. Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a contemporary artist under 50, living, working or born in Britain, who is judged to have put on the best exhibition of the last 12 months. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • French artist Laure Prouvost poses with her artwork entitled 'Wantee', a video installation set among a mock-tea party setting, after she was announced as the winner of the 2013 Turner Prize for contemporary art at the awards ceremony at the former Army base in Ebrington Square in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on December 2, 2013. Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a contemporary artist under 50, living, working or born in Britain, who is judged to have put on the best exhibition of the last 12 months. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Laure Prouvost, center, celebrates with her partner Nick Aikens, center right, after winning the Turner Prize 2013 at a ceremony at Ebrington in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The 35-year-old filmmaker and installation artist won with a tea party-themed video installation. She beat three other finalists, including popular humorist David Shrigley, British-German artist Tino Sehgal and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a Londoner of Ghanaian descent. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

  • Laure Prouvost speaks after winning the Turner Prize 2013 at a ceremony at Ebrington in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Monday Dec. 2, 2013. The 35-year-old filmmaker and installation artist won with a tea party-themed video installation. She beat three other finalists, including popular humorist David Shrigley, British-German artist Tino Sehgal and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a Londoner of Ghanaian descent. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

  • Laure Prouvost, center, celebrates with her partner Nick Aikens, center right, after winning the Turner Prize 2013 at a ceremony at Ebrington in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The 35-year-old filmmaker and installation artist won with a tea party-themed video installation. She beat three other finalists, including popular humorist David Shrigley, British-German artist Tino Sehgal and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a Londoner of Ghanaian descent. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

  • Laure Prouvost sits in a small pink room, grandmother 2013, one of her pieces that won her the Turner Prize 2013 at a ceremony at Ebrington in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The 35-year-old filmmaker and installation artist won with a tea party-themed video installation. She beat three other finalists, including popular humorist David Shrigley, British-German artist Tino Sehgal and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a Londoner of Ghanaian descent. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

  • Laure Prouvost celebrates after winning the Turner Prize 2013 at a ceremony at Ebrington in Lndonderry, Northern Ireland, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The 35-year-old filmmaker and installation artist won with a tea party-themed video installation. She beat three other finalists, including popular humorist David Shrigley, British-German artist Tino Sehgal and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a Londoner of Ghanaian descent. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)