We are excited to announce that MK Gallery has been selected as one of six UK Galleries to be shortlisted for the fifth annual Freelands Award.

Freelands Foundation has announced the six visual arts organisations under consideration for the fifth annual Freelands Award. From Margate to Manchester, the selection celebrates exceptional museums and galleries across the country, as they reopen to the public following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Firstsite, Colchester, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford, Towner Eastbourne, Turner Contemporary, Margate and the Whitworth, Manchester have each been invited to present a proposal for a solo exhibition with a mid-career female artist, that will include the production of new work.

The winning organisation will receive £100,000 to realise the exhibition, including a £25,000 fee for the exhibited artist. The winner will be announced in December 2020 following selection by a jury including Elisabeth Murdoch (Founder and Chair, Freelands Foundation), artist Monster Chetwynd, curator and writer Juliana Engberg, Jenni Lomax (independent curator and former Director, Camden Art Centre) and Zoe Whitley (Director, Chisenhale Gallery).

The 2020 Award will be accompanied by the publication of the Freelands Foundation’s fifth report into ‘The Representation of Female Artists in the UK’. The report is written by Dr Kate McMillan and will include essays by art historian and writer Jennifer Higgie on women in art history and art critic and writer Hettie Judah on art and motherhood.