Congratulations to the 31 mid-career artists who qualified as finalists for the 2020 Sovereign Asian Art Prize! The 2020 Sovereign Asian Art Prize is the 16th edition of Asia’s most prestigious prize for contemporary artists. Launched in 2003, Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) raises funds for programmes that support disadvantaged children through expressive arts. In tandem with SAF’s year-round fundraising initiatives, The Prize is now recognised as one of the most coveted annual awards in the region with a Grand Prize of US$30,000. Nurturing talent from across Asia Pacific, The Prize has acted as a springboard to help artists go on to achieve record prices as well as gain invaluable exposure to wider audiences.
2020年大獎的決賽入圍者來自亞太地區的18個國家及地區，其中香港的代表人數最多，有4位入圍藝術家，其次是韓國和印尼，各有3位入圍藝術家。在入圍名單中，有13位是曾入選過本獎項的入圍者，他們選擇再次參加。傑出藝術大獎（Grand Prize）得主與獎金1,000美元的公眾大獎（Public Vote Prize）（由公眾於網上和展覽投票決定）和獎金達5,000美元的「Vogue Hong Kong女性藝術獎」（授予得分最高的女性決賽入圍者）的獲獎者將於2020年5月揭曉。
Finalists for the 2020 Prize hail from 18 countries and regions across Asia-Pacific, of which Hong Kong has the strongest representation with 4 artists shortlisted, followed by South Korea and Indonesia with 3 artists each. Amongst the shortlist are 13 previous finalists of The Prize, who have opted to participate again. The winner of the Grand Prize, along with finalists to be awarded a Public Vote Prize of US$1,000 (decided through public votes online and at exhibition) and the Vogue Hong Kong Women’s Art Prize of US$5,000 (awarded to the highest scoring female finalist), will be announced in May 2020.
今年，來自30個國家及地區超過600件作品被提交，參賽作品數量為歷屆之冠。由88位獨立藝術專業人士組成的委員會（主要是與所在地區的藝術家緊密合作的策展人和學者）提名了400名職業生涯中期藝術家參賽。31名入圍者經由五位世界級藝術專家組成的評審團選出，評審團成員包括：作家、策展人和博物館館長David Elliott；《金融時報》藝術編輯Jan Dalley；藝術史學家、策展人、作家和藝術策略顧問李知允；藝術家兼中央美術學院教授繆曉春，以及當代中國藝術家周力。
This year, over 600 entries from 30 countries and regions were submitted, marking the largest number of entries in the award’s history. A board of 88 independent arts professionals – mostly curators and academics who work closely with artists in their respective regions – nominated 400 mid-career artists into The Prize. The 31 finalists were shortlisted by a panel of five world-class art specialists, namely; writer, curator, and museum director David Elliott, Arts Editor of Financial Times Jan Dalley, art historian, curator, writer and art strategy consultant Jiyoon Lee, artist and Professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts Miao Xiaochun, and contemporary Chinese artist Zhou Li.
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