Five Shortlisted Artists Announced for the 8th Edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2019–2021

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Five Shortlisted Artists Announced for the 8th Edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2019–2021

The Whitechapel Gallery, Collezione Maramotti and Max Mara announced the five shortlisted artists for the 8th edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women: Allison Katz, Katie Schwab, Tai Shani, Emma Talbot and Hannah Tuulikki.

Image by Hannah Tuulikki, courtesy for Max Mara Art Prize

 

The Whitechapel Gallery, Collezione Maramotti and Max Mara announced the five shortlisted artists for the 8th edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women: Allison Katz, Katie Schwab, Tai Shani, Emma Talbot and Hannah Tuulikki. 

This weekend the artists travelled to Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy, for the announcement, and to celebrate the opening of the major art work Che si può fare, by the seventh winner of the prize, Helen Cammock. Che si può fare tours from the Whitechapel Gallery where it was unveiled this summer.

The artists shortlisted for the 2019 - 2021 iteration of the prize were selected by a judging panel chaired by Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, joined by gallerist Florence Ingleby, artist Chantal Joffe, collector Fatima Maleki and art critic Hettie Judah.

 


Shortlisted artists for the 8th edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Clockwise from top left: Tai Shani, Katie Schwab, Emma Talbot, Allison Katz and Hanna Tuulikki.

 

The Max Mara Art Prize for Women was established by Whitechapel Gallery in collaboration with the Max Mara Fashion Group in 2005. Its aim is to promote emerging female artists based in the UK, enabling them to develop their potential; and to inspire new artistic perspectives on 21st century Italy. The winning artist, announced in early 2020, is awarded a bespoke six-month artist residency in locations around Italy after presenting the judges with a proposal for a new body of work. The resulting work is premiered at the Whitechapel Gallery and travels to the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 2021.

Iwona Blazwick, OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery and chair of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women jury, said: ‘This unique prize offers time, space and funding to enable artists to develop their potential.  For too long women artists have had to fight for recognition. The Max Mara Art Prize offers practitioners of different generations the opportunity to spend formative months exploring Italy; and the resources to create a major new commission that situates them on the world stage’.

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