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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 page.

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.

Key Dates

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

Entry Deadline (nominees only): 
11 November 2019

Announcement of Finalists: 
2 March 2020

Finalists Exhibition, Winner Announcement and Auction:
May 2020

Judging Panel

Full judging panel to be announced, please check back for updates.


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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The Sovereign Art Foundation works with hundreds of independent arts professionals around the world.

For information about how we select our nominators and criteria for nomination, please contact us.


Afghanistan Azizullah Hazara, Maryam Kouhestani, Nabila Horakhsh

Australia Alan Pigott, Gene Sherman, Felicity Fenner, Iain Dawson, Mikala Tai, Natalie King

Bangladesh Liakat Ali Lucky, Md. Muniruzzaman, Nadia Samdani, Rajeeb Samdani, Shawon Akand, Tayeba Begum Lipi

Bhutan Pema Tshering

Brunei Hj Osman Mohammad, Osveanne Osman (Osveous)

Cambodia Dana Lamglois, Erin Gleeson, Serey Siv

China Gary Mok, Xiaobei Cheng, Zhenhua Li

Hong Kong Chantal Wong, Freya Chou, Kurt Chan, May Fung, Maria Mok, Qu Chang, Ying Kwok

India Akansha Rastogi, Bose Krishnamachari, Kriti Sood, Neeraj Gupta, Tasneem Premjish Achari, Zakaria Mehta

Indonesia Asep Topan, Carla Bianpoen, Citra Smara Dewi, Melati Suryodarmo, Rifky Effendy, Sally Texania

Japan Nozomu Ogawa, Takashi Serizawa, Yuko Hasegawa

Kazakhstan Kulzhazira Mukazhanova, Natalia Muravjeva, Vladislav Sludiskiy

Korea (South) Gun Soo Choi

Laos Alice Kok

Maldives Khaled Ramadan

Mongolia Dolgor Ser-Od and Marc Schmitz (Land Art Mongolia), Solongo Tseekhuu, Uranchimeg (Orna) Tsultem, Yo.Dalkh-Ochir

Myanmar Aung Myat Htay, Aye Ko, Nathalie Johnston

Nepal Sangeeta Thapa, Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha

New Zealand Charlotte Huddleston

Pakistan Adeel Uz Zafar, Muhammad Zeeshan, Naiza Khan

Philippines Victoria “Boots” Herrera

Regional (Asia Pacific) Brian Curtin, Iaroslav Volovod, Lisa Botos, Michael Laub, Rachel Rits-Volloch, Shormi Ahmed, Silke Schmickl, Tiffany Leung, Waseem Ahmed

Singapore Daryl Goh, Milenko Prvacki, Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Suzzana Chew, Ute Meta Bauer

Sri Lanka Alnoor Mitha, Pradeep Thalawatta

Taiwan Darkun Wu

Thailand Bangkok Biennial Team, Kittima Chareeprasit, Lyla Phimanrat, Tom Van Blarcom, Vipash Purichanont

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