Whitechapel
home
spacer
shopping
win art goodies
press
special events
login/register
programme
spacer
exhibitions
art awards
talks & events
art book fair
education
spacer
schools
projects
collecting art
podcasts
support
spacer
individual
corporate
american
our supporters
donate
venue hire
spacer
entertain
spaces
book
expansion
spacer
introduction
explore
the project
the plans
facts & figures
support us
about us
spacer
visiting
archives
vacancies
news
contact us
links
spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer
colour colour colour colour colour colour colour
colour colour colour colour colour colour colour
spacer colour colour colour colour colour
spacer spacer spacer
spacer news
spacer news in 2008
divider
spacer The Whitechapel Art Book Fair – Call for exhibitors
Deadline: Friday 6 February 2009
divider
spacer East End Academy 2009
Deadline: Friday 14 November 2008
divider
spacer Open Rehearsals
26 - 28 September 2008
divider
spacer Create 08 - call for entries
22 May 2008
divider
spacer Winner Announced for the MaxMara Art Prize for Women in Collaboration with the Whitechapel
February 2008
divider
spacer Iwona Blazwick awarded OBE
3 January 2008
divider
spacer news in 2007
divider
spacer news in 2006
divider
spacer news in 2005
divider
spacer spacer
spacer spacer
 the residency
 
divider
spacer spacer spacer
spacer Winner Announced for the MaxMara Art Prize for Women in Collaboration with the Whitechapel
February 2008
spacer spacer spacer
  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.”

Each MaxMara Art Prize enables an artist who has not yet had a major solo exhibition to develop her potential, providing an opportunity for them to produce new works of art. The winning artist is awarded a six-month residency in Italy and the resources to make a new work during that time. The Maramotti Collection will be given the chance to buy the resulting art-work, and the Whitechapel Gallery with Curator Bina von Stauffenberg will arrange for it to be presented.

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.”

For more information about the Collezione Maramotti visit collezionemaramotti.org

Images below
Margaret Salmon [winner MaxMara Art Prize 2006] and Hannah Rickards
during speech announcing Hannah Rickards as winner of
MaxMara Art Prize for Women, in collaboration with the Whitechapel 2007 – 09, Italian Embassy London, 29 January 2008

Dott. Luigi Maramotti, CEO Max Mara Fashion Group & Hannah Rickards, winner of MaxMara Art Prize for Women, in collaboration with the Whitechapel 2007 – 09, Italian Embassy London, 29 January 2008



spacer spacer


    spacer