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.
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The 2019 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Nominators
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Australia: Alan Pigott, Amanda Love, Felicity Fenner, Gene Sherman, Mikala Tai
Bangladesh: Shawon Akand, Tayeba Begum Lipi
Bhutan: Pema (Tintin) Tshering
China: Gary Mok, Rachel Marsden, Xiaobei Cheng, Zhenhua Li
Hong Kong: Leo Li Chen, May Fung, Shormi Ahmed, Ying Kwok
India: Kriti Sood, Sabih Mohd Ahmed
Indonesia: Carla Bianpoen, Rifky Effendy, Sally Texania
Japan: Eriko Osaka, Satoru Nagoya
Kazakhastan: Vladislav Sludiskiy
Malaysia: Rahel Joseph
Maldives: Khaled Ramadan
Mongolia: Dolgor Ser-Od and Marc Schmitz (Land Art Mongolia), Gantuya Badamgarav
Myanmar: Aye Ko, Gill Pattison
Nepal: Ashmina Ranjit
Pakistan: 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
Singapore: Daryl Goh, Michelle Lim, Milenko Prvacki
Taiwan: Jui-chung Yao
Thailand: 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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