Works by the Sovereign Asian Art Prize finalists will be exhibited from 11 to 13 March 2015, while public voting for the Schoeni Prize starts this week.
30 mid-career artists across Asia are honoured with their works shortlisted from a total of 236 independently nominated entries coming from 13 countries.
The Sovereign Asian Art Prize
The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, hosted by The Sovereign Art Foundation, is an annual artist award and charity auction. The first edition was held in 2003-2004. Over the past decade, the Prize has grown substantially in stature and prestige. It is now recognised as one of the most established and prestigious awards for contemporary art in the Asia-Pacific region.
Apart from elevating profiles of mid-career Asian artists, the Prize helps disadvantaged children across Asia by auctioning the finalists’ works. Proceeds are allocated on a fifty/fifty basis between the artists and the Foundation’s charity partners. David Elliott, leading member of the judging panel, says in this year’s press release:
The [Prize] has not only become a platform for some of the best emerging talent in Asia, but [also] provides visibility, income and track record for young artists while at the same time making life better for severely disadvantaged children in a variety of Asian countries. This is a clear-visioned synergy that brings together creative talent and ideas with social diversity and inequity within the challenging environment of contemporary art.
The finalists for this year’s edition of the Prize were announced in early February. There were a total of 236 entries coming from thirteen countries in Asia. The artists were nominated by independent art professionals handpicked and appointed by The Sovereign Art Foundation, with Art Radar‘s Executive Editor Kate Cary Evans among their number. Out of all the entries, thirty were selected as finalists.
Hong Kong, which produced the winners of the last two editions of the award (Adrian Wong and MAP Office), tops the list with a total of six finalists. Australia comes second with four finalists, and Korea and Sri Lanka follow close behind, each with three. The complete list is as follows:
- Australia: Abdul Abdullah, Elizabeth Newman, Tim Silver, Tony Albert
- Cambodia: Anida Yoeu Ali, Khvay Samnang
- Hong Kong: An Te Liu, Joao Vasco Paiva, Tang Kwok Hin, Chan Pui Leng Peggy, Chui Pui-Chee, Ho Sin Tung
- Indonesia: Patricia Untario
- Japan: Katsumi Hayakawa
- Korea: Xooang Choi, Jiyen Lee, Kyung Woo Han
- Pakistan: Alia Bilgrami
- Philippines: Pio Abad
- Singapore: Boedi Widjaja, Eugene Soh, Vertical Submarine
- Sri Lanka: Kingsley Gunatillake, Pradeep Thalawatta, Sanjeewa Kumara & Polwaththegedara Sirimal
- Thailand: Dusadee Huntrakul
- United Arab Emirates: Hazem Harb
- Vietnam: Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, Phan Quang
The judging panel
As with previous years, the Prize’s judging panel consists of world-class art professionals, including:
- David Elliott, art writer and curator
- Emi Eu, Director of the Singapore Tyler Print Institute
- Fumio Nanjo, Director of the Mori Art Museum
- Rachel Kent, Chief Curator of Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art
- Sunhee Kim, Director of Korea’s Daegu Art Museum
- Dr Pi Li, Senior Curator For M+ Visual Culture Museum, Hong Kong
The panel will announce the winner on 8 May 2015, who will receive USD30,000 prize money. The remaining 29 artworks will be auctioned at the Sovereign Asian Art Prize Gala Dinner to be held on the same day. Howard Bilton, Chairman and Founder of The Sovereign Art Foundation, says in the press release:
We think this is, yet again, a very strong body of work. Once again the judges have been extremely pleased with the quality of works entered and this has been reflected by the high scores they have given. We believe that all works are of investment quality.
Perhaps inspired by Adrian Wong’s semi-sculptural winning work last year, the Prize this year invited sculpture nominations for the first time. Finalists with sculptural works or works with sculptural and installation elements include:
- Xooang Choi
- An Te Liu
- Katsumi Hayakawa
- Kyung Woo Han
- Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai
- Joao Vasco Paiva
- Kingsley Gunatillake
People’s choice: Vote for the Schoeni Prize
In addition to the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, the Schoeni Prize of USD1,000 is awarded to the artist who received the most votes from members of the public. Public voting is organised to encourage interaction with the Prize finalists and to increase exposure for the artists.
Voting begins on 11 March 2015, and votes may be cast either online or in person at the Soho 189 exhibition space in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
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