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The 2023 Sovereign Portuguese Art Prize

Launched in 2021, The Sovereign Portuguese Art Prize increases the international exposure of artists in Portugal or of the Portuguese diaspora, whilst raising funds for arts education programmes in the country.

How it works

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Nomination and Shortlisting

The Prize invites contemporary artists, nominated by a board of independent art professionals, to each enter up to three artworks online. A judging panel comprised of world-class art experts then shortlists the 30 best artworks from a range of digital images. Click here for T&Cs.

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Exhibition

The shortlisted artworks are exhibited in Portugal. Members of the public can enjoy the artworks and engage in the public vote. Local students are offered the opportunity to engage in educational programming.

At the exhibition, the artworks are judged for a second time and voted on by the public. The judges scores are aggregated, and a Grand Prize winner is named.

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Public Vote

To increase exposure for the artists, the general public are invited to cast a vote online or in person for their favourite shortlisted artwork. The most popular artwork is awarded the Public Vote Prize.

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Sale of Artworks

The shortlisted artworks besides the Grand Prize winner will be sold at a fixed price and are split evenly between the artists and the local expressive arts programming.

Artists receive the same split as they would through a gallery and Associação SAF, the Portuguese arm of The Sovereign Art Foundation, receives the other half to fund expressive art programs for disadvantaged children in need in Portugal.

 

The Prizes

There are two cash prizes available to shortlisted artists. In addition, all shortlisted artists enjoy increased international exposure, top tier media coverage, and the opportunity to exhibit their work publicly in Portugal.

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Grand Prize

Awarded to the artist with the highest score from the judges.

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Public Vote Prize

Awarded to the artist with the most votes from the public.

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Key Dates

Nomination Deadline

— 25 March 2023

Entry Deadline

1 May — 9 June 2023

Shortlist Announcement

— 18 August 2023

Finalists Exhibition

November — December 2023

Winner Announcement

— 28 November 2023

2022 Judges

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Tim Marlow
Chief Executive and Director, Design Museum
Tim Marlow image

Tim Marlow

Chief Executive and Director, Design Museum

Tim Marlow is Chief Executive and Director of the Design Museum in London.

Formerly Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts and Director of Exhibitions at White Cube, Marlow has been involved in the contemporary art world for the past thirty years as a curator, writer and broadcaster.  He has worked with many of the most important and influential artists of our time to deliver wide-ranging and popular programmes and brings a commitment to diverse and engaging exhibitions to his new role showcasing the transformational capability of design.

Marlow sits on the Board of Trustees for the Imperial War Museum, Art on the Underground Advisory Board and Cultureshock Media. Marlow was awarded an OBE in 2019.

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David Elliott
Writer, curator and museum director
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David Elliott

Writer, curator and museum director

David Elliott is a writer, curator and museum director for modern and contemporary art around the world. As a pioneer in the industry, he has had stints as Director at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, was the founding director of Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and the first director of Istanbul Modern as well as Vice-Director and Senior Curator of the Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art in Guangzhou. He currently leads the artist direction for global biennales in Sydney, Kiev, Moscow and Belgrade.

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Joana Vasconcelos
Artist
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Joana Vasconcelos

Artist

Born in 1971, Joana Vasconcelos is a contemporary visual artist renowned for her monumental sculptures, whose 25 years practise stretches to film and drawing. She updates the arts & crafts concept to the 21st century and incorporates everyday objects with irony and humour, creating a bridge between domestic environment and public space while questioning the status of women, consumerism society and collective identity.

International acclaim came at the first Venice Biennale ever curated by women with The Bride in 2005, followed by Trafaria Praia, the first floating pavilion in the biennale representing Portugal in 2013. The youngest artist and the only woman ever at Palace of Versailles, to a record breaking 1.6 million visitors, her 2012 exhibition was the most visited in France in 50 years. In 2018, Vasconcelos became the first Portuguese to exhibit at Guggenheim Bilbao with a major retrospective, which was one of the most visited in the museum’s history and reached 4th place in The Art Newspaper’s annual exhibitions’ Top 10. Beyond, her biggest show so far in the UK, continues at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until January 2022.

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Jorge Queiroz
Artist, Winner of The 2022 Sovereign Portuguese Art Prize
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Jorge Queiroz

Artist, Winner of The 2022 Sovereign Portuguese Art Prize
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Philippe Vergne
Director of Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto
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Philippe Vergne

Director of Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto

Philippe Vergne has been serving as director of Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, since April 2019. He was director of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) from 2014 to 2018.

Prior to his appointment at MOCA, Vergne served for five years as director of the Dia Art Foundation, New York. Before his tenure at the Dia Foundation, Vergne was Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

From 1994 to 1997, Vergne was Director of the MAC, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, France.

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Vicente Todolí
Artistic director of Hangar Bicocc
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Vicente Todolí

Artistic director of Hangar Bicocc

Vicente Todolí was appointed artistic director of Hangar Bicocca (Pirelli Foundation) in May 2012 where he is responsible for the program.

Vicente Todolí career in the visual arts spans more than 30 years, and includes positions as Chief Curator (1986-88) and then artistic director of the IVAM (Valencian Institute of Modern Art, 1988-1996), before joining the Museum of Contemporary Art Serralves as its founding director in 1996 until 2002. In 2002 he was appointed Director of the Tate Modern by the Trustees of the Tate, where he joined full-time in March 2003 and left in June 2010.

He was a member of the jury and the Carnegie International Advisory Committee 1995 and was part of the curatorial team of “Future, Past and Present” at the Venice Biennale 1997, directed by Germano Celant. From 2002-2007 he was a member of the Governing Council of the International Foundation Manifesta.

At IVAM, he was the curator of exhibitions of contemporary artists works such as John Baldessari, Richard Prince, Ruthenbeck Reiner, James Rosenquist, Richard Tuttle, Per Kirkeby, Tony Cragg, Juan Muñoz, Julião Sarmento, Guillermo Kuitca, Cildo Meireles and Pedro Cabrita Reis and responsible for the collection.

At Museu Serralves, he was the curator of the museum’s inaugural exhibition, Circa1968, and exhibitions of James Lee Byars, Franz West, Gary Hill, Hamish Fulton, Lothar Baumgarten, Fischli and Weiss, Roni Horn, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, “Richard Hamilton / Dieter Roth: Collaborations, Relations Confrontations” and “Francis Bacon: Caged / Uncaged”.

At Tate Modern he curated exhibitions of Sigmar Polke, Robert Frank, Fischli & Weiss, Cildo Meireles, “Rodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism”, and “Van Doesburg and the International Avant Garde”.

He was born in Valencia, Spain in 1958. His educational background includes a degree in Geography and History with a specialization in Art History from the University of Valencia and postgraduate studies in art history as a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University and the City University of New York. He was a Helena Rubinstein fellow at the International Study Program (ISP) of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1984-85.

Currently he advises various museums and foundations, including the Botin Foundation in Santander where he serves as chair of the advisory board, and he is the sole adviser for Per Amor a l’Art Foundation in Valencia, and Inelcom collection in Madrid. At Hangar Bicocca he has curated the following exhibitions: Dieter Roth & Bjorn Roth “Islands”, Cildo Meireles “Installations” Paiva & Gusmao “Papagaio”, Juan Muñoz “Double Blind & Around”, Damian Ortega “Casino”, Anselm Kiefer “I Sette Palazzi Celesti 2004-2015”, Carsten Höller “Doubt”, Kishio Suga, “Situations”, Miroslaw Balka “Crossover/s”, Lucio Fontana “Environments”, Mario Merz “Igloos”, Cerith Wyn Evans, “….the Illuminating Gas”, and Chen Zhen “Short-circuits”

He is Chevalier des Arts et des Lletres, he received the Order of Santiago da Espada in Portugal in 2003, and was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the Valencia Polytechnic University in 2011.

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Maura Marvão
Head of Phillips in Portugal and Spain
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Maura Marvão

Head of Phillips in Portugal and Spain

Maura Marvão, Head of Phillips in Portugal and Spain,

Maura has a Law degree from Universidade Católica Portuguesa and a Masters in Arts Administration from New York University.

Worked at the United Nations and at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.

Is the representative in Portugal and Spain of Phillips Auction House.

Coordinates a postgraduate course in Markets and Art Collections at Escola das Artes – UCP.

Is a member of the Advisory Board of Escola das Artes – Universidade Católica Portuguesa, a member of the Board of Directors of the Youth Foundation with responsibility for culture and founder of the Portuguese Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington.

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João Paulo Queiroz
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João Paulo Queiroz

JOÃO PAULO QUEIROZ (Aveiro, 1966-). Curso Superior de Pintura pela Escola Superior de Belas-Artes de Lisboa. Mestre em Comunicação, ISCTE. Doutor em Belas-Artes, Universidade de Lisboa. Professor na Faculdade de Belas-Artes desta Universidade (FBAUL). Professor nos cursos de doutoramento em Educação Artística da Universidade do Porto e de doutoramento em Artes da Universidade de Sevilha. Coordenador do Congresso Internacional CSO Criadores Sobre outras Obras (anual, de 2010 a 2022) e das revistas académicas Estúdio, Gama, e Croma. Coordenador do Congresso Matéria-Prima, Práticas das Artes Visuais no Ensino Básico e Secundário (anual, de 2012 a 2022). Atualmente Presidente da Direção da Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes. Diversas exposições individuais de pintura. Prémio de Pintura Gustavo Cordeiro Ramos pela Academia Nacional de Belas-Artes em 2004.


JOÃO PAULO QUEIROZ (Aveiro, Portugal, 1966-). Degree in Painting from the Escola Superior de Belas-Artes de Lisboa. Master in Communication, ISCTE. PhD in Fine Arts, University of Lisbon. Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of this University (FBAUL). Professor in the PhD courses in Art Education of the University of Porto and PhD in Arts of the University of Seville, Spain. Coordinator of the International Congress CSO (annual, from 2010 to 2022) and of the academic journals Studio, Gama, and Croma. Coordinator of the Congress Raw Material, Practices of Visual Arts in Basic and Secondary Education (annual, from 2012 to 2022). Currently President of the Board of Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes (SNBA, National Society of Fine Arts). Several solo exhibitions of painting. Gustavo Cordeiro Ramos Painting Prize by the National Academy of Fine Arts in 2004.

Nominators

Antonia Gaeta
Barbara Piwowarska
Bernardo Pinto de Almeida
Catarina Rosendo
Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva
Deborah Harris
Emma Lochery
Frederico Duarte
Helena Mendes Pereira
Howard Bilton
Hugo A. Guerreiro
Inês Valle
Margarida Saraiva
Marie-Françoise Rouy
Pedro Gadanho
Rute Ventura
Tiago Feijoo
Valérie Marendaz
Vanessa Arelle
Zé Ortigão

Prize Winners and Previous Finalists

2022

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Grand Prize Winner
Jorge Queiroz
Jorge Queiroz art
Public Vote Prize Winner
Manuela Pimental
Manuela Pimental art