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 winner is awarded a six month Italian residency tailored to fit the artist and their winning proposal for the Prize. During the residency the artist has the opportunity to realise an ambitious new project which is presented in major solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery announced Emma Hart as the sixth winner of the prize at a ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery on 3 February 2016. Hart was selected from a shortlist including Ruth Ewan, Ana Genovés, Tania Kovats and Phoebe Unwin.
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