CONTEMPORARY ART PRIZE COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT
Sally Lai, Director of the Manchester-based Chinese Arts Centre, was recently invited to be on the International Selection Committee of the Future Generation Art Prize. She joins a distinguished panel of art professionals for their June 2012 short list selection.
Sally Lai has been the director of the Chinese Arts Centre since December 2008. The non-profit, founded in 1986, aims to increase the dialogue around contemporary Chinese art by organising exhibitions, residencies, projects and festivals that bring Chinese culture into an international context. Lai was nominated for the selection committee by Carol Yinghua Lu, the prolific Asian contemporary art curator who will also help curate the 2012 Gwangju Biennale.
Other selection committee members include independent curator and critic Natalie Bell; Suzanne Cotter, Curator for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project; independent curator and writer Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Bjorn Geldhof, Artistic Manager of the PinchukArtCentre; Curatorial Researcher and writer for DOCUMENTA (13), Eva Scharrer; and Polly Staple, Director of Chisenhale Gallery. Together they will select twenty shortlisted artists whose works will be exhibited together before the jury makes the final decision. Both the finalists and the jury members will be named in June 2012
Now in its second year, the Future Generation Art Prize was established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation to acknowledge and support young artists internationally. The award is open to artists up to 35-years-old. Once the twenty shortlisted artists are selected, their works will be exhibited alongside those of last year’s winner, Mykyta Kadan, bringing the total number of finalists to 21.
An exhibition of the shortlisted artists will be held from October 2012 to January 2013 at the PunchikArtCentre in Kiev. The jury will announce the winning artist in December 2012. In addition to a USD100,000 prize, the prize includes personal mentorship from renowned contemporary artists Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky and Takashi Murakami.
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