Jacqueline Poncelet and MIMA Middlesbrough win Freelands Award

In other awards news: Jasmina Cibic wins the Film London Jarman Award; and the Otto Breicha Prize for Artistic Photography goes to artist Anna Jermolaewa

Left: Jacqueline Poncelet, Three Weavings, 2021, hand-woven narrow-loom woollen blankets. Right: Jacqueline Poncelet, Wrapper, 2012, installation of printed enamel panels (view from Edgeware Road station). Courtesy the artist

Artist Jacqueline Poncelet and MIMA Middlesbrough have won the Freelands Award – an annual GBP£100,000 prize that supports an institution outside of London to present a solo show by a mid-career woman artist. Poncelet’s exhibition, a survey of five decades of her ceramics, sculpture, painting, textiles and architectural work, is scheduled for 7 March – 7 July 2024. The other nominees for this year’s prize were: Focal Point Gallery, Southend, with Elsa James, Hastings Contemporary with Caragh Thuring, Leeds Art Gallery with Rose English, Sheffield Museums with Lubna Chowdhary and Towner Eastbourne with Emma Stibbon. The Freelands Foundation and the Art Fund have also announced a new initiative that aims to increase public access to works by women artists in the UK, through allowing museums and public collections to access GBP£50,000 grants to acquire work by Freeloads Award artists.

Jasmina Cibic is the recipient of the 2021 Film London Jarman Award. Working across a variety of media including moving image, installation and performance, Cibic frequently engages with issues of identity, nationalism and power in Europe. Her The Gift (2019) tells the story of an artist, diplomat and engineer, and their competing proposals to heal a broken society. Cibic was awarded  GBP£10,000 in prize money to support her work. The other nominees this year were: Adham Faramawy, Georgina Starr, Guy Oliver, Larry Achiampong, and Sophia Al-Maria. ‘These six artists represent an astonishing zeitgeist, a state of the art of moving image today,’ jurors Iwona Blazwick, Amal Khalaf, Shaminder Nahal, Larissa Sansour, and Tyrone Walker-Hebborn said.

This year’s Otto Breicha Prize for Artistic Photography has gone to the artist Anna Jermolaewa, which comes with an award of EUR5,000. The prize is awarded every two years by the Museum Der Moderne Salzburg – Jermolaewa, whose latest work reflects on ‘hostile architecture’, will have a solo show at the museum in 2023.

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