The Sovereign Asian Art Prize

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 one winning artwork is selected.

The Grand Prize Winner is revealed and awarded US$30,000 at an annual sell-out Gala Dinner in Hong Kong. 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. A Public Vote Prize Winner is also announced at the Gala Dinner. The Public Vote Prize includes an award of US$1,000 and is presented to the artist whose artwork receives the most votes from the public, be it at the exhibition, 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.

Please click below to view full Terms and Conditions for the current edition of the Prize.

2019 Terms and Conditions (English) 2019 Terms and Conditions (Simplified Chinese)

The 2019 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Judging Panel will be announced soon
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The 2019 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Nominators
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Alan Pigott, Amanda Love, Felicity Fenner, Gene Sherman, Mikala Tai

Shawon Akand, Tayeba Begum Lipi

Pema (Tintin) Tshering

Gary Mok, Rachel Marsden, Xiaobei Cheng, Zhenhua Li

Hong Kong: 
Leo Li Chen, May Fung, Shormi Ahmed, Ying Kwok

Kriti Sood, Sabih Mohd Ahmed

Carla Bianpoen, Rifky Effendy, Sally Texania

 Eriko Osaka, Satoru Nagoya

Vladislav Sludiskiy

Rahel Joseph

Khaled Ramadan

Dolgor Ser-Od and Marc Schmitz (Land Art Mongolia), Gantuya Badamgarav

Myanmar: Aye Ko, Gill Pattison

Nepal: Ashmina Ranjit

Naiza Khan, Waseem Ahmed

Philippines: Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Ricky Francisco, Victoria (Boots) Herrera

Regional: Brian Curtin, Lisa Botos, Selina Ting, Shalini Ganendra, Stephen McCoubrey, Suzzana Chew, Tess Maunder

Republic of Korea: 
Gun Soo Choi

Daryl Goh, Michelle Lim, Milenko Prvacki

Jui-chung Yao

BB Team (Founders, Bangkok Biennial)

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Entry deadline (nominated artists only): 26 October, 2018

Announcement of Finalists: February, 2019

Finalists Exhibition: April - May, 2019

The Sovereign Art Foundation’s ‘Make It Better Gala’ Dinner and Auction: 17 May, 2019

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