Women artists receive fewer awards than men
The AWARE prize for women artists arose out of an observation: that women are largely under-represented among artists who win prizes in the art world’s calendar.
Whereas they form the majority of students at art schools, women artists are in the minority when it comes to the shortlisted names and winners of the most important contemporary art prizes. They represent between 20 and 30 percent of artists selected and promoted at the Prix Marcel Duchamp in France, the Turner Prize in Great Britain, the Hugo Boss Prize in the US, or the Praemium Imperiale in Japan, to mention but four.
Aiming at achieving parity in mixed sex prizes, certain institutions have taken the decision to enhance the status of the work by women artists by creating women-only competitions, such as the Max Mara Art Prize in Britain, and the Gabriele Münter Preis in Germany. Astonishingly, in France there is no equivalent.