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The Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery is a biannual award established in 2005.

It is the only visual art prize for women in the UK and aims to promote and nurture female artists, enabling them to develop their potential with the gift of time and space.

The winner is awarded a six month Italian residency tailored to fit the artist and their winning proposal for the Prize. During the residency the artist has the opportunity to realise an ambitious new project which is presented in major solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy.


6th Edition: Emma Hart

Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery announced Emma Hart as the sixth winner of the prize at a ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery on 3 February 2016. Hart was selected from a shortlist including Ruth Ewan, Ana Genovés, Tania Kovats and Phoebe Unwin.

Find out more about Emma Hart and the 6th edition of the prize.


Emma Hart portrait. Photo by Thierry Bal - Max Mara Art Prize for Women - Whitechapel Gallery 2015-2017

Emma Hart, winner of the 6th Edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women.

Past winners

Corin Sworn, Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Production still, Photo Margaret Salmon

Corin Sworn

5th Edition (2013-15)

Laure Prouvost

Laure Prouvost

4th Edition (2011-2013)

Andrea Büttner, Father

Andrea Büttner

3rd Edition (2009-2011)

Hannah Rickards

Hannah Rickards

2nd Edition (2007-2009)

Margaret Salmon, Ninna Nanna

Margaret Salmon

1st Edition (2005-2007)

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