Exhibition: 16 January ­‐ 27 March 2016, ArtScience Musuem
Awards: 19 January 2016, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands






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The Prudential Eye Awards were launched in 2014 by the Prudential Eye Programme, a partnership between Parallel Contemporary Art, Saatchi Gallery and Prudential. The inaugural awards were staged on 18 January 2014 at Suntec City, Singapore. The annual awards focus on emerging artists from across Greater Asia and highlight the breadth, range and diversity of the works being made by emerging Asian artists. In partnership with the Saatchi Gallery they enable the work of these artists to reach audiences and receive international exposure.

The second edition of the Prudential Eye Awards was held in Singapore on 20 January 2015, at Marina Bay Sands and the Japanese collective Chim↑Pom were awarded the Overall Best Emerging Artist prize, winning USD$50,000 and a solo show at Saatchi Gallery, London. 

The Prudential Eye Awards returns in 2016, featuring 15 artists who an eminent panel of Judges believe have the potential to go on and develop significant careers on the international art world stage.


Nominations are invited from specialists who are from 20 regions across Greater Asia. These specialists include leading curators, gallerists and artists. They are asked to make nominations in five categories of ‘Best Emerging Artist’. Nominated artists then submit examples of their work electronically and these are put forward to a panel of judges.

The judges draw up a shortlist of three artists in each category who are all invited to exhibit in the Awards Exhibition. During the Awards evening the judges choose a winner of each category and also an overall winner from who is awarded ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’. The winner of each ‘Best Emerging Artist…’ category receives a prize of USD20,000. The overall winner receives a further USD30,000 as well an exhibition at START at the Saatchi Gallery, London.

For more information on the past editions, please click HERE.

The 10 categories for the 2016 Awards are:

Best Emerging Artist Using Digital/Video

Best Emerging Artist Using Installation

Best Emerging Artist Using Painting

Best Emerging Artist Using Photography

Best Emerging Artist Using Sculpture

Emerging Artist of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award for Asian Contemporary Art

Best Asian Contemporary Art Institution

Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art

Award for Visual and Popular Culture


The Global Eye Academy is a new initiative to ensure a concrete legacy for the Prudential Eye Awards. Each year winners of the awards will be invited to join the Academy. They will be joined by those who have been instrumental in developing the Eye Programme - the Founders, Curatorial Board and previous judges.

In its first year the Academy is already a high-powered network including Nigel Hurst, Johnson Chang and Serenella Ciclitira. The Academy will grow yearly bringing together leading Asian artists and those interested in the raising the profile of contemporary Asian Art.


2016: Prudential Eye Awards returns for it's third edition, with the awards ceremony taking place on 19th January at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. An accompany exhibition opens on 16th January in conjunction with Singapore Art Week, at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. 

2015: Thailand Eye presented by Prudential, a month-long exhibition showcasing the works of 23 Thailand artists opened at the Saatchi Gallery from 25 November.

2015: The second edition of START took place at the Saatchi Gallery, shining a spotlight on emerging artists and new art scenes, showcasing 38 galleries from cities that range from Seoul to New York, Cape Town to Riga. A new series of curator-led initiatives, START Projects, includes a fully immersive digital art presentation by Japanese ultra-technologists teamLab, the debut UK solo show of Prudential Eye Award winners Chim↑Pom and a curated section of solo presentations called 'This Is Tomorrow'.

2015: Prudential Eye Zone opens at ArtScience Museum, Singapore. Co-curated by Honor Harger, Serenella Ciclitira, YoungJoo Lee and Korean musician T.O.P. The Prudential Eye Zone is a curated selection of works by 17 contemporary artists from Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.

2015: 'Prudential Singapore Eye' exhibition featuring 16 Singaporean artist took place from the 16th January to 28 June, 2015 at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, alongside the second edition of the Prudential Eye Awards. Chim↑Pom walked away as the Overall Best Emerging Artist.

2014: Prudential Eye Zone opens at Saatchi Gallery, London.

2014: The inaugural edition of START took place at the Saatchi Gallery. The art fair showcases emerging art from around the world presented by young galleries, with 47 galleries hailing from Johannesburg to Seoul, London to Mumbai, presenting work.

2014: ‘Prudential Malaysian Eye’, featuring 21 Malaysian artists took place at Publika Mall, Kuala Lumpur.

2014: The first edition of the Prudential Eye Awards was held in Singapore, celebrating the best emerging art from around Asia. An accompanying exhibition of shortlisted artists takes place at Suntec City, Singapore.

2012/ 2013: ‘Hong Kong Eye’ presented by Prudential opened at Saatchi Gallery, before travelling to ArtisTree, Hong Kong. It is the largest touring international survey of Hong Kong contemporary art to date. It was seen by over 400,000 visitors across both venues.

2012: ‘Korean Eye 2012’ presents the largest survey of new Korean art to date in a groundbreaking exhibition that coincides with the London Olympic Games. The exhibition was viewed by over half a million visitors.

2011/12: ‘Korean Eye: Energy and Matter’ toured to three different cities, Seoul, New York and Abu Dhabi, showing 21 emerging and established Korean artists whose work engages with contemporary Korean society.

2011: ‘Indonesian Eye: Fantasies & Realities’ presented by Prudential, surveys the Indonesian contemporary scene through the work of 18 artists. The exhibition opened at the Ciputra Artpreneur Center, Jakarta before transferring to the Saatchi Gallery where 170,000 visitors viewed it.

2010: The second part of Korean Eye, ‘Fantastic Ordinary’ is a more in-depth look at a younger generation of Korean artists. The exhibition opened at the Saatchi Gallery before moving to Singapore and then Seoul.

2009: The first of the Prudential Eye Programme exhibitions took place. ‘Korean Eye: Moon Generation’ includes a selection of leading Korean artists. It opened in May in Seoul before transferring to the Saatchi Gallery, London, where over 250,000 people saw it.