Congratulations to Central Saint Martins Fine Art tutor Emma Hart, announced this evening as the winner of the 2016 Max Mara Art Prize for Women.
Emma, who also won a prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in November, works with ceramics and photography, much of which is inspired by the inordinate strains of living in modern London. In a short film created for the Whitechapel gallery she said:
I am pursuing the real. I am trying to get behind smooth images, which might aestheticise experience or make it bitesize and controllable and talk about how things really are and how things really feel in this overwhelming world which we all stumble through.
The biannual award was established in 2005, and is currently the only visual art prize for women in the UK. It is presented in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery and works to promote and nurture female artists, providing the winners with a six month residency in Italy tailored to fit their winning proposal for the Prize.
Previous winners include CSM alumni Hannah Rickards and Laure Prouvost. The sixth edition of the award was announced at a ceremony in London this evening.