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The Sovereign Art Foundation was established in 2003 by Howard Bilton and Tiffany Pinkstone, who shared a vision of promoting contemporary Asian art in Hong Kong. By launching The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, they recognised an opportunity not only to celebrate artists, but to raise funds for programmes that use art to make a difference.

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Founder and Chairman

Howard Bilton

Howard Bilton is Founder and Chairman of The Sovereign Art Foundation. A Yorkshireman and art collector, Howard established the Foundation in 2003 with the goal of using art to raise money and make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children.

To achieve this, he decided to launch an art prize, developing a unique model that promotes contemporary Asian art to the public in Hong Kong while raising funds through art auctions. Howard understood that to be successful in this mission, he would need to produce a world class art prize that attracts the very best artists, with a substantial prize fund and an international platform, and so The Sovereign Asian Art Prize was born. Howard is Chairman of The Sovereign Group, one of the world’s largest privately-owned consultancies specialising in the provision of bespoke services to companies, trusts and individuals. He holds a joint honours degree in classics and law from the University of Keele, is qualified as a Barrister and called to the Bars of England/Wales and Gibraltar. He is a visiting non-resident professor at Texas A and M University where he assists with LLM and Master’s degrees in International Tax and Offshore Centres. He is a regular contributor of articles to numerous newspapers and technical news wires.

Howard is also the Founder and Chairman of Howard’s Folly Wines, Portugal. Their wine labels often feature artwork by finalists of The Prize, or by the young beneficiaries of the Foundation’s programmes, and a portion of Howard’s Folly’s revenue is donated to the charity.

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Co-Founder and Director

Tiffany Pinkstone

Tiffany Pinkstone is Co-Founder and Director of The Sovereign Art Foundation, having joined Howard to assist with the launch the Foundation and its flagship fundraising project, The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, in 2003.

After ten years of successfully developing The Prize and raising substantial funds for art-led missions supporting children across Asia, Tiffany decided to help The Foundation establish its own initiative closer to home. This led to the launch of Make It Better, a programme that provides process-led, expressive arts workshops for children living in some of Hong Kong’s most disadvantaged communities. Under Tiffany’s stewardship, and with the support of advisors from The University of Hong Kong’s Centre on Behavioral Health, Make It Better has grown from a small grassroots project to a substantial programme that provides support and engagement to nearly 200 children, caregivers, and social workers every week across Hong Kong. Through Make It Better, the Foundation employs its own in-house team of professional, registered Art Therapists and facilitators.

Tiffany is also Director of The Sovereign Group’s Hong Kong office and leads Marketing for the Group worldwide.

Our Board of Trustees

Executive Directors

Howard Bilton
Tiffany Pinkstone
Amy Cadman

Non-Executive Directors

Angela Mackay
Anthony Tyler
David Legg
Esther Maria Heer-Zacek
Levina Li
Peter Siembab
Priscilla Kong
Sara Mao

Our Patrons

Silver Patrons

Esther Maria Heer-Zacek
Nicole Schoeni
Levina Li
Paul Cadman

Angela Mackay
Espen Larsen
Magnus McGlashan
Sara Mao
Susie Rippingall

Alan Conder and Alan Pigott
Peter and Ana Siembab
Priscilla Kong
Rob Schlipper and Claire Young
Tom and Chai Hall
Tony and Charlotte Tyler

Corporate Patrons

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Aaharn by David Thomson
Hong Kong fine-dining destination Aaharn is a world-class exploration of Thai cuisine, with a menu inspired by internationally celebrated chef David Thompson. Aaharn was awarded one Michelin star in the 2020 Hong Kong & Macau Michelin Guide and has retained this since.
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HKR International
HKR International (HKRI) strives to create a healthy, stylish, and distinctive living experience through teamwork and an unwavering commitment to innovation and excellence. HKRI has diversified interests and ongoing projects in real estate development and investment, property management, luxury hotels and serviced apartments, and other investments in Hong Kong, mainland China and many other key Asian cities.
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Gibson Dunn
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Hong Kong office provides an extensive range of U.S., Hong Kong, and English legal advice to global and Asia-based clients, offering clients all the advantages of deep local expertise combined with the strengths of a global firm.