Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery
The Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery celebrates the aesthetic and intellectual contribution that women artists bring to the contemporary art scene. The unique initiative set up to promote and nurture female artists based in the United Kingdom, enables artists to develop their potential with the gift of time and space. The winning artist is given the opportunity to create new works of art inspired by a six month residency in Italy. The resulting works are then shown in Britain and Italy.
The Prize is awarded biennially to one UK based artist who has not previously had a major survey exhibition. Winners receive a fully funded six-month residency in Italy, as well as funding to realise a new work or works that will be exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery and may be acquired by the Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy.
For each Prize a judging panel of four art-world professionals, chaired by Iwona Blazwick, devise a short-list of between three and five artists. The short-listed artists are invited to the Whitechapel Gallery to make a presentation about their practice and the work or works they would make during or resultant from their Italian residency and funding.
The shortlisted artists for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2013-2015 are: Beatrice Gibson, Melanie Gilligan, Judith Goddard, Philomene Pirecki and Corin Sworn. The artists were selected for the Prize by a judging panel chaired by Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director of Whitechapel Gallery. The panel included Pilar Corrias, Director of Pilar Corrias Gallery, London; Candida Gertler, Co-founder and Director, Outset Contemporary Art Fund; Runa Islam, artist and Lisa Le Feuvre, Writer, Curator and Head of Sculpture Studies, Henry Moore Institute.
This year’s shortlisted artists work across various media including installation, painting, writing, performance, film and music. For more information, read the full press release.
Previous winners include Margaret Salmon, film-maker; Hannah Rickards who works with sound, video and installation; Andrea Büttner who makes films and installations including large-scale woodcuts and Laure Prouvost whose Max Mara Art Prize exhibition Farfromwords is currently on show at the Collezione Maramotti until 10 November 2013.
The Max Mara Art Prize is not open submission.
For further information about the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, please contact Bryony Harris, Assistant Curator: Special Projects
Image: Laure Prouvost, Iwona Blazwick OBE, Dott. Luigi Maramotti CEO Max Mara and His Excellency Mr Alain Economides. Ambassador representing Italy in London, on the occasion of the announcement of Laure Prouvost as winner of the Max Mara Art Prize at the Italian Embassy, 22 November 2011. Credit: Chris O'Donovan.