Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery announced Hart as the sixth winner of the prize at a ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery on 3 February 2016.
As winner of the prize, Hart will spend six months in Lombardy, Umbria and Emilia-Romagna on an artist residency tailored to her interests.
In 2017, she will present a new body of work in major solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery and Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Find out more about the shortlist for the sixth edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women.
Emma Hart lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include: big MOUTH, Grand Union, Birmingham (2015); Sticky, Austrian Cultural Forum, London (2015); Spread, Art Exchange (2015); Giving It All That, Folkestone Triennial (2014); Dirty Looks, Camden Arts Centre (2013); M20 Death Drives, Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable (2012); TO DO, Matt’s Gallery, London; Word Processor, Stanley Picker Gallery, London (2012).
Recent group exhibitions include: SUCKERZ, L’etrangere, London (2015) a joint show with Jonathan Baldock; Only the Lonely, La Galerie CAC Noisy Le Sec, France (2015); Dear Luxembourg, Nosbaum Reding, Luxembourg (2015); Hey I’m Mr.Poetic, Wysing Arts Centre (2014); Bloody English, OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles (2013); The World Turned Upside Down, Mead Gallery, Coventry (2013).
In 2015 she was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation award for Visual Art. Hart was shortlisted for The Jarman Awards in 2013, and awarded a Random Acts commission. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Jerwood / Film and Video Umbrella Awards: Tomorrow Never Knows, with an exhibition at Jerwood Space, London. Hart was resident at Camden Arts Centre with her Question Department in 2009 and for The Forest residency at Wysing Arts Centre in 2012. She received an MA in Fine Art from the Slade in 2004 and completed her PhD in Fine Art at Kingston University in 2013.
Hart is a lecturer on BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.