Allison Katz, Katie Schwab, Tai Shani, Emma Talbot and Hannah Tuulikki have been shortlisted for the latest edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Katie Schwab was a Jerwood Solo Presentations 2016 artist and she is currently a Jerwood Artist Adviser.
The bespoke residency and exhibition award 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 selected artists were announced during the opening of the major work Che si può fare by the seventh winner of the prize Helen Cammock at Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
They 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.
London-based Katie Schwab’s works evolve by embracing the social, historical and formal contexts for which they are made. Developed through a process of facilitating workshops and interviews, undertaking tuition, partaking in tours and looking through archival records, oral histories and sample books, she documents knowledge and skills that have been shared between artist, students, museum staff, technicians and local residents. She uses a diverse methods including tapestry, ceramics, embroidery, furniture, printmaking, video and more, unified by a consideration of collective manufacture.
Announcing the shortlist, Iwona 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 winning artist, who will be awarded the bespoke six-month artist residency in locations around Italy after presenting the judges with a proposal for a new body of work, will be announced in early 2020. The resulting work will be premiered at the Whitechapel Gallery and then travel to the Collezione Maramotti in 2021.
The Max Mara Art Prize for Women was established by Whitechapel Gallery in collaboration with the Max Mara Fashion Group in 2005.