Held annually, the Sovereign Asian Art Prize invites mid-career contemporary artists - nominated by a carefully selected board of independent art experts from the region - 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, in person.
The Grand Prize winner is revealed at the annual sell-out Gala Dinner in Hong Kong. The winning artist receives US$30,000, along with the coveted award. All artworks are then auctioned to the public - with the exception of the winning entry, which becomes the property of the Foundation and is used to further its charitable aims. The announcement of the Public Prize winner is also made at the Gala Dinner. The Public Prize (also known as the Schoeni Prize) includes an award of US$1,000 and is presented to the artist whose artwork receives the most votes from the public - either those who attend the exhibition, or cast a vote through the Foundation's website or Facebook voting app.
The proceeds of the auction are split between each artist and the Foundation. In this way, 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 auctions have typically acted as a spring board for finalists, enabling many mid-career artists to achieve record prices, great publicity and establish a wider following. Notable successes have included Debbie Han, Simon Birch, Jeongmee Yoon, Adrian Wong, Rashid Rana, Qi Zhi Long and Haris Purnomo, amongst others.
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The 2018 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Judging Panel will be confirmed soon.
The 2018 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Nominators are:
Afghanistan: Nabila Horakhsh
Australia: Alan Pigott, Felicity Fenner, Mikala Tai, Gene Sherman
Bangladesh: Mahbubur Rahman, Shawon Akand, Nadia Samdani, Rajeeb Samdani
Cambodia: Meta Moeng
China: Rachel Marsden
Hong Kong: Eve Tam, Andre Chan, Ying Kwok, Vivian Ting, Shormi Ahmed, Leo Li Chen, May Fung
India: Kriti Sood, Kanika Anand, Kurchi Dasgupta
Indonesia: Rifky Effendy, Carla Bianpoen, Rizki A. Zaelani, Grace Samboh, Sally Texania, Mira Asriningtyas, Alia Swastika
Japan: Satoru Nagoya, Johnnie Walker (Joni Waka), Nozomu Ogawa, Yusuke Minami
Kazakhastan: Vladislav Sludiskiy
Kyrgyzstan: Natalia Muravjeva
Malaysia: Jo-Lene Ong
Maldives: Khaled Ramadan
Mongolia: Uranchimeg (Orna) Tsultem, Gantuya Badamgarav, Solongo Tseekhuu
Myanmar: Aye Ko, Ma Haymann Oo, Nathalie Johnston
Nepal: Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha, Ashmina Ranjit, Veeranganakumari Solanki Jamwal
New Zealand: Rhana Davenport
Pakistan: Naiza Khan
Philippines: Eileen Legaspi Ramirez, Cid Reyes, Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, Victoria “Boots” Herrera
Regional: Selina Ting, Ying Tan, Roger Nelson, Shalini Ganendra, Lisa Botos, Silke Schmickl
Republic of Korea: Jiyoon Lee, Gun Soo Choi
Singapore: Daryl Goh, Milenko Prvacki, Suzzana Chew, Khim Ong
Sri Lanka: Annoushka Hempel, Alnoor Mitha
Taiwan: Jui-chung Yao
Thailand: Lyla Phimanrat
Vietnam: Nguyen Nhu Huy
Please continue to check back for updates to the nominator list
Open for Entries: 9 October 2017
Deadline for Entries: 10 November 2017
Announcement of Finalists: 5 February 2018
Finalist Exhibitions: April - May 2018
The 2018 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Gala Dinner: 11 May 2018
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