One of the most prestigious annual art awards in Asia-Pacific, the Sovereign Asian Art Prize aims to support the region’s emerging talent by propelling them onto an international platform. Each year, the works of the finalists are exhibited and auctioned off, the money raised going to the artists involved and to fund programmes that support disadvantaged children through the use of expressive arts.
For 2020, the finalist exhibition, hosting the works of 31 shortlisted artists from 18 different countries and territories, will take place at K11 HACC, a new multi-purpose gallery in K11 ATELIER King’s Road in Quarry Bay. From 6 June to 19 July, the exhibition will be open to the public, with visitors asked to cast a vote for their favourite artist to win a ‘Public Vote Prize’ of US$1,000. Meanwhile, the judging panel, consisting of renowned industry figures including art historian and curator Jiyoon Lee, artist Zhou Li and museum director David Elliott, will select one artist to be awarded a Grand Prize of US$30,000, and another to receive the Vogue Hong Kong Women’s Art Prize of US$5,000, both announced on 17 July.
On 20 June, a one-day symposium titled Art in Hong Kong: People, Place and Practice will take place at the exhibition space, co-presented (and live-streamed) by Sovereign Art Foundation and art-insider content platform CoBo Social. The diverse programme will include a panel discussion on art criticism and curatorial practice in Hong Kong and a conversation with four of the shortlisted Hong Kong artists being exhibited.
When: Mon-Fri 11am–7pm, Sat-Sun & Public Holiday 11am–8pm; 6 June – 19 July 2020
Where: K11 HACC, L2, K11 ATELIER King’s Road, 728 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
EditorVogue Hong Kong
CreditLead image: 'Specimen Tree' by Peggy Chan; Photography: Tang King Ho, Tommy