Helen Cammock Wins the Max Mara Art Prize for Women

by Taylor Harris

British artist Helen Cammock has been awarded the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. She collected her award Monday at a ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. As part of her win, Cammock will participate in a six-month residency program during which she will travel around Italy creating new artwork. Those pieces will be displayed in a solo exhibition next year at the Whitechapel Gallery. The Max Mara Art Prize supports U.K.-based female artists who have not previously had a solo exhibition.

“I have never before experienced a structured opportunity that encompasses travel, research, making, and then showing over a sustained period,” Cammock said in a statement. “Over the six month residency I’ll find myself in a culture that is new to me, meet practitioners who work in different ways to me and consider how my practice can move into dialogue with new histories. It is an opportunity for space and time to focus on being an artist — this is perhaps the most significant aspect of this prize”.
Her winning proposal for the Prize focused on emotional expression, particularly of lament. She explored the role of the voice in mourning or loss and of resilience and survival. For her residency, Cammock plans to focus on how emotion is expressed in Italian culture and society, with a particular focus on opera. Her Italian tour includes six cities: Bologna, Florence, Venice, Rome, Palermo, and Reggio Emilia.
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