MaxMara Art Prize for Women in association with the Whitechapel

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Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery is a biannual Art Prize for British-based female artists organized by the Max Mara fashion house and Whitechapel Gallery in London.

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 prize is open to UK artists working across any medium who have not previously had a solo survey exhibition.

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

2005–07 prize[edit]

The first winner of the first Max Mara Art Prize in collaboration with the Whitechapel in 2006 was Margaret Salmon.

The Judging panel was chaired by Iwona Blazwick, and included Jennifer Higgie, Editor, Frieze; Victoria Miro, Gallerist; Turner Prize winning artist, Gillian Wearing; and collector, Anita Zabludowicz.

The other short listed Artists were Anne Hardy, photographer, Donna Huddleston, water-colourist, Rachel Kneebone, sculptor, and Anj Smith, painter.

Margaret Salmon had a show at the Whitechapel Gallery in early 2007 which included the film 'Ninna Nanna' made during her residency.

2007–09 prize[edit]

For the second edition of the prize the five short listed artists were: Yasmeen Al Awadi (b. 1978), Georgie Hopton (b. 1967), Melanie Jackson (b. 1968), Lisa Peachey (b. 1973) and Hannah Rickards (b. 1979). On January 2009 at the Italian embassy in London, Hannah Rickards was announced as the winner of the second edition of the prize. Rickards' work, No, there was no red. results from the six-month residency in Italy and was showcased at the Whitechapel Gallery from September 5 to September 23, 2009. In October 2009 it was presented in Italy at the Maramotti Collection.

2009–11 prize[edit]

The winner of the third edition was Andrea Büttner. The judges included Iwona Blazwick (Chair), artist Fiona Banner, gallerist Alison Jacques, collector Valeria Napoleone and curator Polly Staple. The shortlisted artists included Elizabeth Prize and Becky Beasley.

Andrea Buttner: The Poverty of Riches was exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery in April 2011. Andrea Büttner explored unexpected parallels between the ethos of certain religious communities and the making and reception of art. It was inspired by her residency in Italy where she lived alongside orders of nuns, viewed Giotto’s frescoes and studied 20th century works from the Maramotti Collection by artists such as Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni.

2011–13 prize[edit]

The 2011 winner was French artist Laure Prouvost.[1] Laure Prouvost was chosen as winner by a panel of four judges chaired by Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick, OBE; artist Lisa Milroy; gallerist Amanda Wilkinson; art collector Muriel Salem and critic Gilda Williams. Following her residency at British School at Rome and Pistoletto Foundation, Laure Prouvost presented an installation inspired by the aesthetic and sensuous pleasures of Italy.Farfromwords was shown at Whitechapel Gallery in April 2013 then travelled to Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia. Subsequently in December 2013 Laure Prouvost was awarded The Turner Prize.

2013–15 prize[edit]

On 23 January 2014 the recipient of the Fifth edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women was announced at a reception at the Italian Ambassador's residence in London. Glasgow based artist Corin Sworn (b. 1976) was chosen from a distinguished short list including Beatrice Gibson, Melanie Gilligan, Judith Goddard and Philomene Pirecki. The judging panel for the fifth Max Mara Art Prize for Women was chaired by Iwona Blazwick and included Pilar Corrias, Director of Pilar Corrias Gallery, London; Candida Gertler, Founder and Director, Outset Contemporary Art Fund; Runa Islam, artist and Lisa Le Feuvre, Writer, Curator and Head of Sculpture Studies, Henry Moore Institute. Following her residency in Italy throughout 2014 in Rome, Naples and Venice, Corin Sworn's exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, London, opened on Wednesday 20 May 2015. Her new work Silent Sticks will travel to the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy late 2015.


  1. ^ "Laure Prouvost wins women's art prize". BBC News. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • Official website