The shortlist for the 8th edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2019 – 2021 has been announced. The five shortlisted artists are: Allison Katz, Katie Schwab, Tai Shani, Emma Talbot and Hanna Tuulikki.
The shortlist was selected by a judging panel chaired by Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, gallerist Florence Ingleby, artist Chantal Joffe, collector Fatima Maleki and art critic Hettie Judah.
Blazwick 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’.
The prize, established by Whitechapel Gallery in collaboration with the Max Mara Fashion Group in 2005, aims 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.
Previous winners have included Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost, and film artist Margaret Salmon.