The FiLiA Prize
for Emerging Female Artists

In 2017, FiLiA introduced an exciting new annual award in the arts. The Emerging Female Artists Prize, for young women artists working in the UK today, forms part of FiLiA's charitable mission to promote and support women in the arts.

FiLiA recognises the competitive and often unequal nature of the art world as experienced by many women. With this Prize, FiLiA aims to disrupt the art establishment and provide an open and nurturing platform for female creators to be publicly recognised for their work.

The Emerging Female Artists Prize reflects FiLiA’s mission to support the development of new female artists working in the UK today and provide them with a unique opportunity to gain exposure to a wide audience, as well as continued support from FiLiA and its networks in the art world.

The 2018 entries were incredibly inspiring and we were honoured to select the 10 finalists from a very strong field.

The 2018 Prize:

  • Your own curated space at 2019 Conference (Prize Recipient)

  • Mentoring session with FiLiA's Artist-in-Residence (Prize Recipient)

  • Annual artist membership at CuratorSpace

  • Vouchers from Cass Art (£100 for Prize Recipient and 9 x £20 for finalists)

  • Artwork exhibited at FiLiA conference and ticket to conference (finalists)

  • Artwork featured on


The 2018 finalists

Works were assessed by a panel of artists and experts on their aesthetics, originality, intent, technical skill, and meaningfulness.


Kayleigh Corrigan

Prize Recipient for Forest Acres. Through her ongoing photographic work ‘Forest Acres’ Kayleigh Corrigan presents an introspective study on the events and tangible items in connection with the night of her rape in 2009. The photographs are produced in both a forensic and diaristic fashion and focus on items of 'evidence' that were never collected, from a crime scene that was never investigated, as a result of the night she was raped and never reported it. The work is both a strategic, clinical examination and a memoir of agonizing nostalgia. Through her work, Corrigan is lending her voice to the millions of women and men who have never found justice in their own similar experiences, and who never will.

Corrigan is a graduate student at the University of Ulster School of Art in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is originally from the United States but has found herself at home in the UK since 2016. She is thrilled to be graduating this July with her MFA degree in photography and continue her evocative work concerning the many challenges women face in society, particularly sexual assault.

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Gabriella Martinez

Specially commended for No Me Responde. "My research focuses on loss, death specifically, as I believe it is an emotion we are taught to deal and power through, rather than appreciate and nurture in its honest beauty. In photographing the spaces formerly occupied by people who have passed, I attempt to extract the emptiness and void associated with loss.

I feel our social media driven world has created a new, less authentic expression of emotion through emojis and perhaps fabricated status updates and social media personas. My work intends to return to the spaces that often define us with the most authenticity and express the rawest emotion shared by us all at various points in our lives."


Katie Kleinjans

Descendants of the Jaguar and related works. "Weaving the creative web of life. Artist and Story Teller of Woman’s Mysteries. With a deep love of the wild my creativity is influenced by earth and sky, oceans and forests, fire and air, my heart and the source of all creation, the womb.

Through creative and spiritual exploration, following natures guide to weave the web of the creative life – I make connections and tell their stories."

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Ema Mano Epps

Ode to XX: This artwork honours all women and their journeys, artists that history has rendered invisible as well as those being recognised and rising currently. One story to look into would be that of Ana Mendieta, told by film maker Ruby Rich.

Ema Mano Epps is a process led artist offering access to a deeper consciousness through the energy of colour and texture, thus creating mindscapes with wabi-sabi feel. Her research delves into reality as a perception by the female and male brain, in the field of neuroscience. Ema's artworks advocate the importance of creativity as a tool for mental wellbeing, embracing social experiments and performance projects. Ema founded Platform 1 Gallery in 1998, currently commemorating 20th year anniversary and 100th year of women’s voting rights.

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Sharon Reeves

Self Contained Autonomy. A persistent theme in Sharon Reeves work is the perceived role of women and their feelings of power and disempowerment.
Her practice engages with a search for the real, the raw and the power of sexual and emotional expression in our sense of identity.

Inspiration comes from themes of suppression, inhibition, emotional resistance and freedom of expression of femininity, sexuality and self.
Working in various mediums including printmaking, painting, video, installation and performance.

Printmaking and its processes are an integral part of her engagement with emotional themes. The intense and sometimes brutal nature of etching and drypoint, especially resonate with the hyper-sensuality she seeks to explore.

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Caitlin Alexandra

Self Portrait as a Redhead and Arms. Self-portrait as a Redhead' is an exploration into identity, otherness, and beauty. It is a look at the spectacle of womanhood, and the expectations that come with this. 'Self-portrait as a Redhead' takes inspiration from both the carnivalesque and renaissance portraiture and seeks to portray an aspect of female biology which is traditionally considered undesirable in a more dignified light.

Caitlin Alexandra is a multimedia artist from North Yorkshire, UK. She studied at Leeds College of Art before achieving a first class degree from Glasgow School of Art in 2014. She completed her Masters degree in Fine Art at the University of Brighton in 2017. Caitlin's work is performative, using her own body, and incorporates film, photography and elements of sculpture. Her main themes of research centre around the identity, gender, psychoanalysis and the body. Caitlin takes inspiration from both contemporary and historical sources, integrating popular culture and mythology into her work.

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Hannah Gormley

What I Wanted in the Moment. This work began as a depiction of a particular food obsession of the time (Smarties). It morphed into a physical representation of resignation and the act of succumbing. It confronts the expectation that the female naked physical body is interpreted as sexualised when actually this work came from a place of embarrassment and shame about my relationship with food.

Hannah Gormley works primarily in coloured pencil on paper. Her work is comprised of portraits and self-portraits and she uses the body as an extension of one's mental or emotional state. Hannah is interested in the body as a nexus of memory, feeling and tension. The nude body allows her to present a state of vulnerability and honesty, regardless of whether or not this is true, as it lends a totemic and eternal appeal to everyday forms. Her work is interested in bold, confrontational explorations of everyday thoughts and feelings, challenging the idea that feminine expressions of emotions are hysterical, overwrought or should be downplayed and quietened. Every emotion and thought is validated, regardless of how uncomfortable it may make the viewer feel.


Metra Saberova

This is how not getting pregnant looks like (click here to view the work). Animated narrative on mother drag via medical tourism and high technology vs low triviality.

Mētra Saberova builds a performative narrative based on her own orchestrated experience of medical operations in order to encourage discussion about the social, cultural and political construction of women. Sterilization in Thailand, hymenoplasty in Poland and IVF consultations in Bulgaria create an ongoing thread of mother-drag that plunges into deconstruction of societal gender expectations and results in comical animated videos showcasing of the high technology of the operations versus the low triviality of the experiences themselves.


Chui Yin Wong

Is She Easy? (click here to view the work). “Is she easy?” is an interactive installation trying to respond to this sentence - “Asian girls are easy”. No matter which countries that girls are from, they are all NOT that easy. It’s time to break our wrong stereotype. All women deserve our respect.Chui Yin Wong is a Hong Kong interactive installation artist studying MA Fine Art Digital at Camberwell College of Arts. Her current art piece focuses on experimental basis and daily observation.

By experimenting with different possibilities, she hopes to overthrow stereotypes and open new alternatives. Besides, Daily observation is always her muse. No matter how boring our lives are, there is always something to surprise you. It can become a new perspective for exploring the city that we are living in. She hopes people can take a look at their surroundings and they may find something interesting via the details.

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Caroline Wong

Little Boy's Suit (pictured) and Mixer. A portrait of burlesque performer Fancy Chance. This is the beginning of an ongoing series of life size portraits, subverting the stereotypes of East and Southeast Asian women. It's a way of meeting and connecting with women who similarly straddle Eastern and Western cultures and are forging their own identities in the face of this conflict; a way of getting their voices and stories heard, granting them visibility in a world where they are often expected to be silent and conforming; it’s a therapeutic process, a form of self-portraiture conveying aspects of my character that have been suppressed over the years. In short, it’s about the right for women to define themselves beyond the ideals of femininity imposed on them.

Caroline Wong is an emerging London-based portrait artist. She has always been drawn to faces, what they reveal and conceal about a person and the mysterious and unique ways we connect with one another in our everyday lives. Not wanting to be tied down to a particular ‘style’ or medium, her aim is to create portraits that are bold and expressive, yet sensitively rendered. She is currently studying for the Portrait Diploma at the Art Academy and was a finalist in the Sir Trousdell Portrait Prize and the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize this year.