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spacer Press Release: Winner Announced for the MaxMara Art Prize for Women in Collaboration with the Whitechapel
4 February 2008
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  Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery and Chair of the MaxMara Art Prize for Women, has announced artist Hannah Rickards as the winner of the prize.

The winner Hannah Rickards (b.1979) is the youngest of the short listed nominees. She was born and lives in London where she completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art in 2002. Rickards’ sound installations translate a sound or occurrence in nature, re-interpreting it back into language or music.

Hannah Rickards was nominated for work including Birdsong, 2002 and Thunder, 2005. In Birdsong, 2002, Rickards recorded songs from six different birds, before lowering the pitch and replicating them with her own voice. In Thunder, 2005, commissioned by Media Art Bath for the Central United Reformed Church in Bath, she stretched an eight second recording of a thunderclap to eight minutes. The score was then transcribed by composer David Murphy to a musical score for six instruments, recorded and then reduced back to the length of the original thunderclap.

Hannah Rickards, winner of the second MaxMara Art Prize for Women comments “I am very pleased to be offered the chance to spend time on my work in Italy, and I very much look forward to having the opportunity of that time and space to develop my work further.”

The 6-month residency is an opportunity to create a new body of work. Hannah will be based at the American Academy, Rome from April until June, and then at the Pistoletto Foundation, Biella, near Turin from July until September. The resulting work will then be offered to the Collezione Maramotti for acquisition, and the Whitechapel will arrange for it to be exhibited and curated by Bina von Stauffenberg.

Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, and Chair of the Prize speaks of Hannah’s work: “We are delighted to announce Hannah Rickards as the winner of the MaxMara Art Prize for Women, in collaboration with the Whitechapel. This incredible artist’s work distills the awesome and sublime forces of nature into sound, sculpture – into art. Whether it is orchestrating classical musicians to perform the sound of a thunderclap, or translating people’s experiences of the Northern Lights into a series of primary colours, the results are tremendous. Choosing between these talented female artists short-listed for the Prize was an impossible decision, but we are so excited by the potential of what Hannah Rickards will create as a result of her 6-month residency in Italy.”

The MaxMara Art Prize for Women promotes and nurtures talent based in the United Kingdom, enabling artists to develop their potential and providing an opportunity to produce new works of art from the prize. The work will then be offered to the Collezione Maramotti for acquisition.

The Maramotti family, owners of the MaxMara Fashion Group, are pre-eminent contemporary art collectors. The MaxMara Art Prize for Women is the first time the fashion house has established an arts prize in the UK and reflects the company’s strong association with art and women.

Dr. Luigi Maramotti comments “I am delighted that our Chair and esteemed panel of judges have yet again come up with such an inspired winner for the 2nd prize. Hannah’s work is clearly exceptional and the originality of her media has again leant the innovative element that the spirit of the prize encapsulates. I am very much looking forward to seeing her work materialise, and I hope that the time and the space that the prize allows will permit Hannah to reach her potential as a clearly very creative artist.”

Notes to Editors
• Five UK artists were short listed for the MaxMara Art Prize for Women and the Judging panel included Cornelia Grassi, gallerist; Judith Greer, collector; Cornelia Parker, artist; and Rachel Withers, writer and critic. Each of the artists was asked to create a presentation on their proposal for winning the prize, which is a six month residency based in Italy.
• The other short-listed artists for the MaxMara Art Prize for Women were Yasmeen Al Awadi, film-maker and photographer, Georgie Hopton, painter, sculptor and photographer, Melanie Jackson, animator, sculptor and film-maker, and Lisa Peachey, draughtsman and multi-media artist.
• The Whitechapel has been providing a platform for artists and informing and shaping culture for over a century. The Gallery has premiered international artists including Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Nan Goldin and showcased Britain’s most significant artists from Gilbert & George to Lucien Freud, Peter Doig to Mark Wallinger. It is at the heart of East London, Europe’s largest cultural quarter as home to over 120 galleries and thousands of artists.
• The Whitechapel is now entering the most exciting phase of its 100 year history – a major expansion doubling the Gallery in size. By uniting the Whitechapel with the former adjacent library, the expanded Whitechapel will offer beautiful new galleries, exciting art commissions, access to historic archives, inspiring art courses and free art all year round. The expanded Whitechapel is due to open in Spring 2009.
• The Max Mara Fashion Group was founded in 1951 by Achille Maramotti and is now run by the next generation. The company is one of the largest women’s prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) manufacturers in the world, with 2254 stores and 23 different brands sold in more than 90 different countries in the world.
• On 29th September 2007 the Collezione Maramotti opened to the public in Reggio Emilia, Italy. For further information, please visit collezionemaramotti.org


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RachelMapplebeck@whitechapel.org


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