MAX MARA ART PRIZE FOR WOMEN/IN COLLABORATION WITH WHITECHAPEL GALLERY
The Max Mara Art Prize for Women, in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, reflects Max Mara's close relationship with the worlds both of women and of art.
The prize – awarded every two years and open to all art forms – aims to encourage and support emerging women artists who live and work in the United Kingdom, which today is one of the centres of the international art scene. The prize provides an opportunity for further development of their creative potential by way of the creation of a new artwork.
The Max Mara Art Prize for Women is curated by Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery.
Each edition of the prize is entrusted to a specially appointed four-member jury that consists of an art critic/writer, an artist, a gallerist and a collector, each of whom nominates five artists. These initial proposals are then pared down to a final shortlist of five candidates, each of whom is commissioned to make a proposal for a project to be realized during a six-month residency in Italy. The work selected for realization is then to be acquired by the Collezione Maramotti.
In March 2007, the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel of London was the recipient of the prestigious British Council Arts & Business International Award.