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Held annually, The Sovereign Asian Art Prize invites mid-career contemporary artists, nominated by a carefully selected board of independent art experts across Asia-Pacific, to enter up to three artworks online. Entries are then shortlisted by a small judging panel consisting of world-class art specialists, who select the best 30 artworks from a range of digital images. These 30 artworks are exhibited in a prominent public space in Hong Kong, where the pieces are judged a second time and the winner is selected.

The winning artist is awarded US$30,000 at an annual sell-out Gala Dinner in Hong Kong. The 29 other works are auctioned, with the artists receiving 50% of proceeds and the other 50% funding the charitable work of the Foundation. Thus, each artist receives the same split as they would if their work had sold through a gallery. In many cases, the artworks fetch a higher price, thanks to generous bidding from our charity patrons. The winning piece becomes the property of the Foundation and is used to further its charitable aims. The Vogue Hong Kong Women’s Art Prize, launched in 2019, awards US$5,000 to the highest scoring female artist in the competition. A Public Vote Prize of US$1,000 is awarded to the artist whose work receives the most votes from the public, be it at the exhibition, through the Foundation’s website or Facebook voting app.

The Prize has typically acted as a spring-board for finalists, enabling mid-career artists to achieve record prices and establish a wider following. Notable successes have included Adrian Wong, Debbie Han, Haris Purnomo, Jeongmee Yoon, Qi Zhi Long, Rashid Rana and Yang Yongliang, amongst others.

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Please check back for updates. To reserve tickets for the Gala Dinner, please contact art@sovereignartfoundation.com

Entry Deadline (nominees only): 
26 October, 2018

Announcement of Finalists: 
March, 2019

Finalists Exhibition and Online Vote:
April, 2019

Exhibitions & Events

2019 Judging Panel

David Elliott

David Elliott is a cultural and art historian, writer, curator and museum director primarily concerned with modern and contemporary art. Elliott was Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, England from 1976-96,

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Jan Dalley

Jan Dalley is the arts editor of the Financial Times, appointed in 2005 after joining the newspaper in 1999 as the literary editor. She writes extensively on arts and culture, and has a regular column in FT Weekend.

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Mami Kataoka

Mami Kataoka is Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. Prior to this position, Kataoka was Chief Curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (1997-2002) and Researcher at the NLI Research Institute

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William Lim

A renowned architect, artist, collector and educator, William graduated from Cornell University and has spent the past two decades devoted to architecture, culture and art. With an excellent grasp of humanities and art

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Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan, born in Anyang, Henan Province in 1965, currently works and lives in Shanghai. He focused on performance art in Beijing in the 1990’s and was considered one of the leading contemporary artists in the nation.

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Over the past 15 years The Sovereign Art Foundation has worked with hundreds of independent arts professionals around the world.

For information about how we select our nominators and criteria for nomination, see FAQ.

Afghanistan: Nathan Stroupe, Aziz Hazara
Australia:  Alan Pigott, Amanda Love, Felicity Fenner, Gene Sherman, Mikala Tai, Emily Cormack
Azerbaijan: Suad Garayeva
Bangladesh:  Shawon Akand, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Nadia Samdari, Rajeeb Samdani, Md. Moniruzzaman
Bhutan:  Pema (Tintin) Tshering
Brunei: Osman Mohammad, Osveanne Osman
China:  Gary Mok, Xiaobei Cheng, Zhenhua Li
Hong Kong:  Eve Tam, Leo Li Chen, Ying Kwok, Ho Siu Kee
India:  Kriti Sood, Kurchi Dasgupta
Indonesia:  Carla Bianpoen, Rifky Effendy, Sally Texania
Japan:  Eriko Osaka, Satoru Nagoya, Nozomu Ogawa, Tomoh Kashiwagi
Kazakhastan:  Natalia Muravjeva, Roza Abenova

Malaysia: Rahel Joseph, Jo-Lene Ong
Khaled Ramadan
Mongolia: Dolgor Ser-Od and Marc Schmitz (Land Art Mongolia), Gantuya Badamgarav
Myanmar: Aung Myathtay, Aye Ko, Gill Pattison, Nathalie Johnston
Nepal: Sangeeta Thapa
Pakistan: Naiza Khan, Amin Gulgee, Waseem Ahmed, Adeel Uz Zafar
Philippines: Victoria (Boots) Herrera
Regional: Brian Curtin, Lisa Botos, Selina Ting, Shalini Ganendra, Stephen McCoubrey, Suzzana Chew, Tess Maunder
Republic of Korea: Jiyoon  Lee, Gun Soo Choi
Singapore: Daryl Goh, Michelle Lim, Milenko Prvacki
Taiwan: Jui-chung Yao, Fang-Tze HSU
Thailand: BB Team (Founders, Bangkok Biennial), Luckana Kunavichayanont


Coming soon.