Three North West Cambridge Development residency artists have been shortlisted for major international awards this year for their work produced at the site. The Habitation Artist Residency Programme is managed by the Contemporary Art Society with InSite Arts.
Bedwyr Williams (in Residency 2014/2015) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Artes Mundi biennial exhibition and prize which takes place in Cardiff. The Artes Mundi first took place in 2004 and was created to celebrate artists who work with ideas of the human form or presence, producing art that adds to our understanding of humanity. The exhibition is Wales’ biggest contemporary visual art show, with the winning artist awarded a prize of £40,000. The film Williams produced during his residency in Cambridge, Century Egg, is also featured in British Art Show 8, continuing at Leeds Art Gallery until 10 January 2016.
Ruth Ewan and Tania Kovats have both been nominated for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Tania Kovats was in Residence in 2013/2014 and Ruth Ewan is currently in Residence. The Max Mara Art Prize for Women was established by the Whitechapel Gallery in collaboration with the Max Mara Fashion Group in 2005. It promotes and supports UK-based female artists who have not previously had a solo survey exhibition, making it the only visual art prize of its kind the UK. The winning artist is awarded a bespoke six-month artist residency in locations around Italy. In 2017, work by the winning artist is shown in a major solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery before touring to Collezione Maramotti in Italy.