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

2016 EDITION

SHORTLISTED ARTISTS

- Digital/Video
- Installation
- Painting
- Photography
- Sculpture

ONLINE VOTING

- Best Asian Contemporary
Art Institution
- Best Exhibition of Asian
Contemporary Art

JUDGES

- Serenella Ciclitira
- Chang Tsong-Zung
- Fumio Nanjo
- Gu Wenda
- Honor Harger
- Nigel Hurst
- Rosalyn D'Mello

PHOTO GALLERY

JUDGING PANEL

Serenella Ciclitira, Co-Founder of Global Eye Programme and Parallel Contemporary Art

Serenella Ciclitira has an Honours Degree in Art History from Trinity College, Dublin and has worked extensively with artists and galleries throughout the world. With her husband, David Ciclitira, she is the co-founder of Global Eye Programme and a member of its curatorial board. She has been an Honorary Fellow at the Royal College of Art in London, and since 1990 has been awarding the Parallel Prize for Painting and the Serenella Ciclitira Scholarship for Sculpture. Winner of the Parallel Prize, Gillian Carnegie, was later nominated for the Turner Prize and Benedict Carpenter and Gereon Krebber went on to win the prestigious Jerwood Sculpture Prize. Martin Westwood, a former Parallel Prize winner, was featured in the Art Now exhibition at the Tate Britain in 2005.

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SERENELLA CICLITIRA


Chang Tsong-Zung, Founder and Director, Hanart Gallery TZ

Chang Tsong-Zung (Johnson Chang) is curator, guest professor of China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, director of Hanart TZ Gallery and board member of Asia Art Archive and Inter-Asia School. He has been active in curating Chinese exhibitions since the 1980s, including China’s New Art Post-1989 (travelling 1993-98), Special Exhibitions at São Paulo Biennial 1996 and Venice Biennale 2001. Major curatorial projects include the Power of the Word series of exhibitions (since 1999), the Yellow Box series of research projects about contemporary art practice and Chinese culture of connoisseurship (since 2004). He co-curator of Guangzhou Triennial 2008 Farewell to Post-Colonialism, West Heavens projects of India-China art and social thought (since 2010), and was co-curator of the 9th Shanghai Biennale 23012, Reactivation.

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CHANG TSONG-ZUNG


Fumio Nanjo, Director of Mori Art Museum

Fumio Nanjo is the director of Mori Art Museum since November in 2006. He graduated from Keio University in the faculty of Economics (1972) and Letters (Aesthetics/Art History;1977). His main achievements include commissioner of the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1997), commissioner at the Taipei Biennale (1998), member of jury committee of the Turner Prize (1998), artistic director of the Yokohama Triennale 2001, jury member of the Golden Lion Prize of the Venice Biennale (2005) and artistic director of the Singapore Biennale (2006/2008). Publications include Asian Contemporary Art Report: China, India, Middle East and Japan (2010) and A Life with Art (2012).

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FUMIO NANJO


Gu Wenda, Artist, 2015 Prudential Eye Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Wenda Gu was born in Shanghai, China. He lives & works in New York & Shanghai.

Since 1981, Wenda Gu has participated in numerous international solo and group exhibitions and biennales in more than 30 countries.He had a survey exhibition for the first time in his artistic career at the National Gallery of Australia in 2001-2002.His art works are in permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Art New York, Hong Kong Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Australia among others & private collections.

Dr. Peter Selz, described Wenda Gu as "arguably the most original and authentic artist to emerge in China since the revolution”. Roberta Smith of The New York Times wrote “Wenda Gu...seems to be joining the list of artists whose work is attacked by a large public questioning its status as art and defended by fervent art worlders...” .Edward Lucie-Smith recently wrote, "Wenda Gu is the most celebrated of a new generation of avant-garde artists who emerged from China in the very late 1980s and in the 1990s...he has made himself into a fully international figure. In more senses than one, he is a key figure in the culture of our time."

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GU WENDA


Honor Harger, Executive Director, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands

Honor Harger is the Executive Director for ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. A curator from New Zealand, she has a strong interest in artistic uses of technologies and in science as part of culture. Honor brings with her over 15 years of experience of working at the intersection between art, science and technology. She is responsible for charting the overall direction and strategy for ArtScience Museum. Through her career, Honor has held several key appointments in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, and has curated many international exhibitions and events around the world. From 2009-2010 she was guest curator of Transmediale, an international festival of art and digital culture in Berlin. From 2004-2008, she was the director of the AV Festival, the UK's largest biennial of media art, film and music. She was the first webcasting curator for Tate Modern in London from 2000-2003, where she also curated events and concerts on art and technology.

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HONOR HARGER


Nigel Hurst, Director and Chief Executive, Saatchi Gallery 

Nigel Hurst is Director and Chief Executive of the Saatchi Gallery in London. He graduated from Goldsmiths College, London University in 1986 and since then has curated numerous international exhibitions. He joined the Saatchi Gallery as a curator in 1997, working on Sensation at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the National Galerie at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. More recent exhibitions have focused on Asian contemporary art, including The Revolution Continues: New Art from China (2008), Unveiled: New Art from Middle East (2009), The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today (2010), The Silk Road in collaboration with the City of Lille, France (2011) and Korean Eye (2012). He has also been a member of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Public Art Advisory Board since 2009, is a collection advisor for Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and also sits on the Development Council of University of the Arts London.

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NIGEL HURST


Rosalyn D'Mello, Writer, Editor and Art Critic

Rosalyn D'Mello is a widely published freelance art writer based in New Delhi. She was the Editor-in-chief of BLOUIN ARTINFO India. She is a regular contributor to Vogue, Open, Mint Lounge and Art Review Asia. She was among five writers nominated for Forbes' Best Emerging Art Writer Award in 2014 and was also nominated for the inaugural Prudential Eye Art Award for Best Writing on Asian Contemporary Art in 2014. She was the associate editor of The Art Critic, a 600+ page selection of the art writings of Richard Bartholomew from the 1950s to the early '80s. Her first book, A Handbook For My Lover has been published in India by Harper Collins.

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ROSALYN D'MELLO