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Elisabeth Murdoch Creates $150,000 Prize for Women Artists in Midcareer

Tate trustee and philanthropist Elisabeth Murdoch has spearheaded a $150,000 annual award for a UK-based midcareer female artist, according to Javier Pes in the Art Newspaper. The Freelands Artist Award, named for Murdoch’s art education foundation, will allow older artists to be prizewinners, unlike the Tate’s Turner Prize, which only recognizes artists under fifty.

Jenni Lomax, the director of Camden Arts Center; the curator Teresa Gleadowe; artist Phyllida Barlow; and Martin Clark, the director of Bergen Kunsthalle in Norway, will make up the jury.

“Women artists in midcareer are still woefully underrepresented in the art world and this award aims to raise their profile,” said Murdoch.