The Emerging Female Arts Prize, is an exciting new art prize initiated by the arts and human rights charity, FiLiA. Kate Davis’ submission, her final BA (Hons) Commercial Photography degree project work, received the ‘Recommendation for Work’ runners-up prize.
The FiLiA supports the development of female artists working in the UK, with entries being assessed on the criteria of originality, aesthetics, technical ability and meaningfulness. The Emerging Female Art Prize aims to provide a platform for female artists to be publicly recognised.
The judges were impressed with Kate’s work and commented that “Kate’s troubling images, “Logging on to Love”, engage with a very current topic in contemporary feminism, that of robotic and cyber women. The images manage to foster both intrigue and repulsion in the viewer, creating a powerful dialogue of the social, sexual and political questions at stake.” – Artylst
Speaking about her work and the award, Kate said “‘Logging on to Love’ is an exploration of the development of sex robots and virtual relationships. Sex robots further objectify women and contribute to the inequalities in society, through their marketisation of the female body. This project is intended to raise awareness of this topical issue. We need to think about the ethics behind humanoid robots before they become more widespread and present real challenges to human interactions and society.
“I was awarded a special commendation as the judges felt that my work engages with a very current topic in contemporary feminism. I believe that art can be a powerful force for change and that art has a unique ability to communicate the diversity of women’s experiences. The FiLiArt Prize provides a great platform for emerging female artists and it was such a privilege to have my work on show amongst so many other talented women.”
All the artworks submitted for the prize were exhibited at FiLiA’s annual conference on gender equality, held on the 14th and 15th October in Bloomsbury, London, as part of FiLiArt 2017. This was the charity’s fifth art show, featuring more than 70 female artists.