The A to Z of Art Prizes in Asia
For the majority of visual artists, pushing for public awareness of their works or gaining traction altogether is no easy feat. With the surge of information flowing through technologies comes a certain saturation that clouds the way we view visual art. Good thing art prizes have been a constant on the platform of the arts, with those who seek to give support to emerging artists, to those who honour established artists who have contributed significantly to the arts.
To make things more convenient, us at The Artling Artzine have compiled a list of current art prizes in Asia – your one stop fact sheet to finding out more on how you can get your works out in the art-sphere!
A triennial award, this year’s 2018 edition saw 113 artworks nominated from 46 countries and territories. 15 were shortlisted by a panel of international art experts, and only 5 winners were selected. However, it is safe to say that the steepness of this competition does pay off as seen with the attractive cash prizes!
Open to: Artists under the age of 33 who participate in ARTJOG
Apply if: Your work is currently showcased at the annual ARTJOG.
The prizes are: Each recipient receives RP 10 million in cash as a reward.
ARTJOG seeks to shed light on the works of young artists at the annual fair. There were 3 recipients at this year’s installment. This program is set up as an appreciation of their artistic endeavor, and also as an attempt to develop the potency and the insight of those young artists in expanding their networks and their careers.
Open to: Indonesian emerging artists
Apply if: You are a contemporary and modern artist.
The prizes are: Cash prizes, an art trip, and an international residency program for a winner in each awarding season.
Past winners include: Deni Ramdani, Harits Rasyid, Octora Chan, Cynthia Delaney Suwito
The Bandung Contemporary Art Award recipients have ranged from painting, to video, to graphic design to installation. Residencies in Europe have also been previously awarded to three runners-up. Works from the finalists are exhibited together then auctioned off. This award was created to encourage the production of new Indonesian contemporary art and prides itself on the diversity of its jury panel.
Open to: All final year students of LASALLE’s BA (Hons) Fine Arts, and the graduating cohort of MA Fine Arts programmes.
Apply if: You are a visual artist who prides themselves on originality, conceptual rigour and coherence between concept and final artistic product.
The prizes are: For each of the two categories - Bachelors & Masters, the prize includes a SGD 15,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition supported by Chan + Hori Contemporary
Past winners include: Angela Chong, Shirly Koh, Jordi Fornies
This prize seeks to encourage artists early on in their career with both the financial support and exposure needed to cultivate the next generation of artists from LASALLE College of the Arts.
Open to: Applicants who work predominantly for PRC, Hong Kong SAR or Taiwan
Apply if: You are a Chinese contemporary artist or art critic.
The prizes are: A grant of 10,000 Euros for a research to be completed independently in 1-2 years. A publication of the resulting essay in Chinese and English version
Based on jury judgment, the decisions behind the Artist Award are comprised of 7 world-renowned museum directors, curators and collection consultant who choose from 60 nominees. The CCAA Critic award is derived from an open call to the public where participants submit a 3000-word proposal that is then reviewed by the CCAA committee. There is, additionally, a Best Young Artist award for artists under 30, and the Contribution Award given to an artist who has contributed to contemporary art in China over a period of time.
Open to: Artists within the Asia Pacific region
Apply if: You are a painter, illustrator or photographer.
The prizes are: Each Regional winner or State winner will be awarded AUD $2,000. The Cliftons Art Prize winner will be awarded a total amount of AUD$10,000
Past winners include: Ian Tee, Angela Parragi, Shubhi Gupta
Clifton’s Art Prize is one that helps to raise the profiles of emerging artists as well as encourage corporate patronage of the arts. Entry is free, and artists can enter at any of the 10 Cliftons locations across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. Finalists will also have their works exhibited for three months at each venue.
Open to: Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents of Singapore
Apply if: You have exhibited artistic excellence and professional maturity.
The prizes are: Each Cultural Medallion recipient will be able to access funds of up to $80,000, to support projects that meet the Fund's objectives. This amount could be used for a single project or multiple projects over the recipient's lifetime.
An initiative of the late Singaporean President, Ong Teng Cheong, and the National Arts Council, the Cultural Medallion award is notably one of the most prestigious art awards in Singapore. Nominees must have shown extraordinary contribution and leadership in shaping the arts and culture for Singapore, and in his/her practice. This award is conferred to those not just in relation to fine arts, but the overarching umbrella of the arts itself, additionally including dance, theatre, literature, photography and film.
Open to: Philippine Citizens who are at least 18 years of age
Apply if: You are a visual artist who produces representational works, abstract works, or sculpture.
The prizes are: In the Representational and Non-Representational Category; First Prize of PHP 300,000, Second Prize of PHP 200,000, and Third Prize od PHP 100,000.
Past winners include: Simplicio Morondoz Jr., Ariel N. Caratao, William Alvares Jr., Geofrey P Ranchez.
The Government Service Insurance System is a national art competition that is comprised of three categories. Representational and non-representational, as well as sculpture. President of GSIS, Jesus Clint Aranas, states how this art prize is the “nation’s most precious heritage and one of the biggest expressions of national culture”.
Open to: All Hong Kong-based and Hong Kong born visual artists.
Apply if: Your work explores themes of local or international human rights.
The prizes are: The winning artist of the HKHRAP 2018 will receive one of Asia’s most prestigious art award packages, with a cash prize of HKD35,000 and a trophy. Two runners-up will also receive cash prizes, each of which have been sponsored by a private donor. A Directors’ Choice Award will also be awarded on the night.
Past winners include: Christy Chow, Isaac Chong Wai, Jennifer Lai Cing Yan, Magus Yuen Kam Wa
Since its launch in 2013, the HKHRAP has encouraged Hong Kong artists to explore the state of human rights both at home and abroad. Past themes have included the Occupy Movement, the refugee crisis, and LGBTQ+ rights.
Open to: Contemporary artists in Asia
Apply if: You are an emerging contemporary artist in the early stages of your artistic creation and exhibition practices.
The prizes are: A cash prize of ¥300,000
In its 2018 edition, a group exhibition showcasing the works of the four finalists were shown at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, where the award is conceived and curated. Additionally, the Hugo Boss Prize, a partner prize to their Asia Art Award, honors internationally notable contemporary art.
Open to: Singaporeans Citizens and Permanent Residents 18-35 years of age
Apply if: You are a visual artist or curator ready to help Singapore claim its space on the global art map.
The prizes are: SGD $20,000 each to two Visual Art Winners, and to one Curator’s Award Winner. They will also be awarded with an international exchange and study visit.
Past winners include: Justin Lim, Khairullah Rahimm, Kamiliah Bah
Organised by Art Outreach, a non-profit organization that promotes visual literacy in Singapore, the IMPART Awards seeks to recognize and reward promising emerging artists and curators by providing them with early stage support as well as residency programmes, opportunities to produce, exhibit and showcase their works.
Open to: Citizens and residents in Asia, with works produced over the last 5 years.
Apply if: Your practice is in photography, with themes and motivations ranging from social issues, artistic agencies.
The prizes are: A selection of photography equipment and a chance to showcase at photography festivals and/or galleries
Past winners include: Huiying Ore, Harit Srikhao, Veejay Villafranca, Harikrishna Katragadda
The Invisible Photographer is split four ways – the Documentary Award, Art Award, Photobook Award and Young Portfolio Award.
The Documentary Award is open to projects pertaining to photographers who document and investigate contemporary social issues. The Art Award, an open category for submissions of projects by photographers who explore artistic agency and expression. The Photobook Award is open to submissions of photobooks of all genres. The Young Portfolio Award is open to all photographers under the age of 35 and their portfolios.
Open to: Chinese citizens and residents over 16 years of age
Apply if: You are a contemporary painter
The prizes are: All prize-winning artworks will be exhibited at National Museum Liverpool during the Liverpool Biennale. For one John Moores Special Prize winner: a 2-4 week exhibition at the art museum of the Royal Academy of Art in London, UK; One-month residency in Liverpool and group exhibition. For four John Moores Prize winners: a one-month residency in Liverpool and group exhibition.
Past winners include: Wang Wang, Wang Shuji, Chen Baoyi, Wang Yi
The John Moores Painting Prize is held every two years. It originates as a UK prize, with this Chinese division in collaboration the Fine Arts Academy of Shanghai University. It seeks to provide a stage for international cultural exchange, with award winning works getting the opportunity to be featured in institutions in England.
Open to: Korean Citizens and Residents
Apply if: You are an emerging artist in the field of contemporary visual art.
The prizes are: Korea Artist Prize selects maximum of four artists (or teams of artists) as ‘SBS Foundation sponsored Artists’ with latent potential through the first-round evaluation process. These exhibiting artists will receive 40 million won as exhibition support fund to participate in the Korea Artist Prize exhibition held at MMCA, Korea. In the second-round evaluation, a final winner will be announced based on the exhibition with vast capability and stunning achievement. Additionally, SBS will air documentaries to illuminate the oeuvres of the participating artists.
Past winners include: Song Sanghee, Minja Gu, Okin Collective, Bek Hyunjin
The Korea Art Prize is organised by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, with the support of SBS Culture Foundation to select and support emerging artists in the Korean context. This prize aims to provide awardees with the opportunity to produce and show new work. Four artists are selected every year.
Open to: Philippine Citizens
Apply if: Your practice includes anything from fine art, sculpture, even architecture and interior design.
The prizes are: Winning artists—one for sculpture and two for painting—will each receive P500,000.00 worth of financial assistance and membership to the MADE-Network of Winners (MADE-NOW), the alumni organization of MADE’s roster of awardees.
Past winners include: Moreen Joy Austria, Joan Balbarona-Anila, Abdulmari Imao Jr, Paul Cabanalan
Also known as Metrobank Art & Design, MADE exists as an arts intervention programme that has given recognition to over 500 young artists, and has supported close to 300 art activities such as exhibitions of winners, workshops, festivals, and the improvement of museums.
Open to: Malaysians 18-29 years of age.
Apply if: Your practice is in fine art or digital art, and if you have not been represented by a gallery or had a solo exhibition.
The prizes are: a Grand Prize of a Solo Exhibition + Mentoring + RM 5,000 cash + RM 500 worth of Nando’s vouchers; 1st Runner Up received RM 3,000 cash and RM 500 worth of Nando’s vouchers; 2nd Runner up receive RM 2,000 and RM 500 worth of Nando’s vouchers.
Past winners include: Mohd Zulfadli bin Ahmad Nawawi, Hug Yin Wan, Tan Yong Lin
Not only known for their chicken, the Nando’s Art Initiative is a creative platform made by the youth, for the youth to empower other creative. The Nando’s Art Initiative’s Award consists of 2 categories, the Fine Art Category as well as the Digital Art Category. Mediums are open in the Fine Art Category; acrylics, ink, oil painting, collage, silkscreen, wood, canvas, cloth and mixed media are all permissible. However, photography is not. As for the Digital Art entries, they have to be created by a digital art software tool, which includes digital painting, vector drawings, 3D graphics amongst others. The final displays for both categories have to be 2 dimensional displays.
Open to: Philippine Citizens
Apply if: Your artistic practice is in relation to any and all mediums except stand alone film and motion picture.
The prizes are: Each of the 20 regional winners from all CRAs will receive PHP 40,000 in cash. For National Winners, 1 Grand Prize winner shall receive PHP 350,000.00. Two Juror’s Choice of Excellence shall each receive PHP 120,000.00. Two Juror’s Choice of Merit shall each receive PHP 80,000.00. All winners will receive trophies.
Past winners include: Dexter Sy, Jericho Valijusto Vamenta
This competition seeks to develop Philippine contemporary art, as well as generate national and regional exposure for Philippine art as well as artists. It further aims to provide a platform for Philippine artists to be recognized and their works to be exhibited nationally.
Open to: Students in the Philippines
Apply if: You are a visual artist whose focus is on oil, acrylic, sculpture, or digital print.
The prizes are: For the Oil/Acrylic/Watercolour category, PHP 60,000; the Sculpture/Digital Fine Arts category, PHP 40,000.
Past winners include: Benedicto “Bencab” Cabrera, Jose Joya, Ang Kiukok, and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz.
The Shell National Arts Competition is one that believes the importance of fostering the talents of artists from a young age. This competition is a legacy project by Shell that encourages young Filipino students to hone their talent as visual artists. The company believes in the power of the youth in becoming productive citizens who would help in the development of the Philippines.
Open to: Artists in the Asia Pacific region, regardless of age. However, you have to be a practicing artist who has had at least three solo exhibitions at recognized galleries.
Apply if: You are a mid-career contemporary artist. You may also enter painting and sculpture.
The prizes are: 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.
Past winners include: Halima Cassell, Li Hongbo, Baptist Coelho,
Entries are shortlisted by a judging panel of world-class art specialists, who select the best 30 from digital images. These are then publically exhibited in Hong Kong, judged a second time, and a winning artwork is selected.Proceeds of the auction are split between each artist and the Foundation, allowing artists to receive the same split if they had sold their work through a gallery.
Open to: Citizens and permanent residents of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
Apply if: You are an ‘established’ painter, or an ‘emerging’ one.
The prizes are: A top prize of US$25,000. A regional prize of US$10,000, the UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year award, is awarded to the most outstanding of all four winning paintings. Other prizes of US$1,000 to US$2,500 are also awarded to emerging artists.
Past winners include: Antonius Subiyanto, Om Mee Ai, Chua Ek Kay, Anthony Poon
The UOB Painting of the Year consists of two main categories – The Established Artist category as well as The Emerging Artist Category. You may only enter in one! An established artist has or is currently represented by a gallery, has sold or exhibited an artwork, has been commissioned to produce a piece of work, or has produced a personal catalogue of their works.
The Emerging Artist category is open to any and all artists, regardless of experience and age.
Open to: Young Malaysian Artists
Apply if: You’re keen on showcasing your illustrations of Malaysia’s rich heritage.
The prizes are: Cash prizes worth a total of RM77,000 to 25 budding artists
Past winners include: Fung Wei Wei, The Jun Yang, Foo Fang Xuan
Formerly known as the Tanjong Heritage National Level Art Competition for 18th years, 2017 saw the first year that Usaha Tegas organized the competition. 2017 also saw 21 art institutions with a staggering 955 entries. 29 of the 535 shortlisted artworks stood out, winning them the RM77,000 in cash prizes.
Open to: Malaysian students from the age of 17 to 28 years of age
Apply if: Your practice is in painting, photography, video or music.
The prizes are: 1st prize award winners receive RM 3,000, 2nd prize award winners receive RM 2,000 and 3rd prize winners receive RM 1,000. All winners also receive a trophy and a certificate.
Past winners include: Praveen s/o K.R. Prushothamman, Mohamad Zulhizami Mohd Ariffin, Muhammad Afiq Rusdy, Mohd Amiruldin Adzhar
The only national student art competition in Malaysia, it hopes to inspire and nurture many more of our young local talents in the field of arts. The medium to strengthen and promote national unity and identity. They believe by engaging their young talents to express their artistic creativity, that they will be our catalyst and stronger foundation for a better future of our nation, Malaysia.
Open to: Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents of Singapore under the age of 35.
Apply if: You are a young art practitioner whose commitment is distinguished amongst your peers.
The prizes are: Each recipient of the Award will receive a trophy, a certificate and will be eligible for the Young Artist Award Grant of up to $20,000 that supports their future artistic pursuits and development.
The Young Artist Award, also run by the National Arts Counil, exists as ‘sister’ award to the Cultural Medallion. It encourages young artists to continue pursuing excellence in the arts, as well as to inspire others.
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