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On 17 May 2019, The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) hosted its 15th annual ‘Make It Better’ Gala Dinner and Art Auction at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, which included the presentation of The 2019 Sovereign Asian Art Prize to Ahmed Javed of Pakistan for his work Imran Qureshi Studio. Ahmed achieved an historic near-perfect score from the Prize Judging Panel and took home US$30,000.
Fu Xiaotong of China was awarded the inaugural Vogue Hong Kong Women’s Art Prize and US$5,000 for her paper work 163,680 Pinpricks and Munawar Ali Syed, also of Pakistan, cinched the Public Vote Prize and US$1,000 with his piece My 3rd Story in English.
The high-octane auction of finalists’ works was led by auctioneer Sara Mao, Director of Christie’s Education in Asia and expert in Chinese modern art. Many works were sought-after, with a number already having received offers through exhibition. In addition to the finalist artworks, two #SAFPigs were auctioned, namely Big Zen by iconic Hong Kong artist Frog King – auctioned by Frank Lonregan of 10 Chancery Lane Gallery – and Pigs can Fly by Arthur Koeman, whose heartfelt speech extolling the work of the Make It Better project was deeply appreciated.
Electric entertainment was provided by violinist Dr Draw, accompanied by a duo of mind-bending acrobatic dancers, followed by a very special performance by ‘One Night Band’, who assembled especially for the Gala night.
The evening yet again proved an enormous success, raising over two million Hong Kong dollars for artists and charitable causes helping disadvantaged children around Asia.
SAF would like to give a huge thank you to all the sponsors who made this event possible: Auction Partner Christie’s, Official Airline Partner Cathay Pacific, Exhibition Partners HART Collective and Henderson Land, Media Partners Financial Times, Vogue Hong Kong and Ocula; Official Hotel Partner Ovolo Hotels and Wine Partner Langton’s Fine Wine (and wineries Herederos del Marques de Riscal and Kendall-Jackson).
Thank you also to the providers of our bonus auction lots. M Yachts generously donated a private Victoria Harbour yacht cruise for twelve, catered by Relish Kitchen; Adam and Candice Moss for the donation of five nights at Villa M in Galle, Sri Lanka; and Madame Fu Grand Café Chinois offered afternoon high tea for two – with a bottle of champagne. Finally, to La Maison Du Chocolat for providing delectable table favours and a fabulous chocolate hamper to the top donors of the night.