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