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 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 Finalists will be announced on 27 February 2018.

The 2018 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Judging Panel will be confirmed soon.

The 2018 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Nominators are:

Afghanistan: Nabila Horakhsh

Australia: Felicity Fenner, Mikala Tai, Gene Sherman, Amanda Love

Azerbaijan: Suad Garayeva

Bangladesh: Mahbubur Rahman, Shawon Akand, Nadia Samdani, Rajeeb Samdani

Cambodia: Meta Moeng

China: Rachel Marsden, Li Zhenhua, Lucie Chang

Hong Kong: Eve Tam, Ying Kwok, Vivian Ting, May Fung

India: Kurchi Dasgupta, Bose Krishnamachari

Indonesia: Rifky Effendy, Carla Bianpoen, Rizki A. Zaelani, Grace Samboh, Sally Texania, Mira Asriningtyas, Asmudjo J Irianto

Japan: Satoru Nagoya, Johnnie Walker (Joni Waka), Nozomu Ogawa, Yuko Hasegawa, Chihiro Minato

Kazakhstan: Vladislav Sludiskiy, Kulzhazira Mukazhanova

Kyrgyzstan: Natalia Muravjeva

Malaysia: Jennifer Linggi

Maldives: Khaled Ramadan

Mongolia: Uranchimeg (Orna) Tsultem, Gantuya Badamgarav, Dolgor Ser-Od and Marc Schmitz (Land Art Mongolia)

Myanmar: Aye Ko, Nathalie Johnston

Nepal: Ashmina Ranjit

Pakistan: Naiza Khan, Waseem Ahmed

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, Ong Jo-Lene, Leo Li Chen, Shormi Ahmed, Kriti Sood, Daryl Goh, Veeranganakumari Solanki Jamwal, Nada Raza, Gary Mok, C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia, Suzzana Chew

Republic of Korea: Jiyoon Lee, Gun Soo Choi

Singapore: Milenko Prvacki, Ong Puay Khim

Sri Lanka: Annoushka Hempel, Alnoor Mitha

Taiwan:  Jui-chung Yao


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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The 2018 Sovereign Asian Art Prize sponsors will be confirmed soon.