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


Q: Who won in the 2016 Edition?

A: Trinh Thi Nguyen (digital/video), Huang Po-Chih (installation), Manish Nai (painting), Shumon Ahmed (photography) and Sareth Svay (sculpture) were announced as winners of the 'Best Emerging Artist' at the Prudential Eye Awards, in their respective categories, on 19 January 2016. Each was awarded a prize of USD20,000 at an awards ceremony at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Sareth Svay was named "Emerging Artist of the Year, 2016', receiving a further USD30,000 and a solo exhibition at START, at the Saatchi Gallery, London, in the summer of 2016.

Winners of the four Special Award Categories are:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Sakarin Krue-On (Thailand)

Best Asian Contemporary Art Institution: Spring Workshop, Hong Kong

Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art: Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s - Japan, South Korea and Taiwan by Para Site, Hong Kong

Award for Visual and Populad Culture: Slot Machine (Thailand)

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What are the Prudential Eye Awards?

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 ChimPom were awarded the Overall Best Emerging Artist prize, winning USD$50,000 and a solo show at Saatchi Gallery, London.

What are the categories?

The 10 Awards that will be presented in 2016 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

How are the finalists and winners selected?

How are the finalists and winners of the Emerging Artist Awards selected?

Nominators from 20 regions across Greater Asia are asked to propose artists. The nominators are leading curators, critics and gallerists. They are given our criteria as to how we understand emerging artists; that is artists who are in the early stages of their career, who are not already a major award winner and have yet to achieve a prominent international profile. They are also asked not to nominate artists who they have a commercial interest in.

Nominated artists send in portfolios of images and their CVs which the Judges review. The Judges are asked to pick ten artists in each category at this stage and from this, a shortlist of three is drawn up for each category.

The shortlisted artists are invited to exhibit at the Awards Exhibition. On the day of the Awards the Judges meet and decide the winners of each Emerging Artist category on the strength of their exhibited works, their portfolio and CV.

The Judges then decide one overall winner from these category winners to take the prize of Emerging Artist of the Year.

How are the other Awards decided?

The other awards are decided through public online voting and the votes of the Global Eye Academy. The Academy comprises winners of previous Eye Awards and those involved in setting and running the Global Eye Programme – the Founders, Curatorial Board and Advisors of the Eye Programme as well as previous judges of the Eye Awards.

What are the geographic regions?

Nominees are drawn from each of the 20 geographic regions below:

    1.Southeast Asia (Region 1) – Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam

    2.Southeast Asia (Region 2) –Brunei & Malaysia

    3.Southeast Asia (Region 3) –East Timor & Indonesia

    4.Southeast Asia (Region 4) –Myanmar & Thailand

    5.Southeast Asia (Region 5) – Philippines

    6.Southeast Asia (Region 6) – Singapore

    7.East Asia (Region 1) – China & Mongolia

    8.East Asia (Region 2) – Hong Kong & Macau

    9.East Asia (Region 3) – Japan

    10.East Asia (Region 4) – North Korea & South Korea

    11.East Asia (Region 5) – Taiwan

    12.South Asia (Region 1) – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka

    13.South Asia (Region 2) – India

    14.West Asia (Region 1) – Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE & Yemen

    15.West Asia (Region 2) –Turkey

    16.West Asia (Region 3) – Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cyprus, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine & Syria

    17.Central Asia – Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

    18.North Asia – Russia & Ukraine

    19.Oceania (Region 1) – Australia & New Zealand

    20.Oceania (Region 2) – Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Naur, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu & Vanuatu

What is the schedule for Prudential Eye Awards 2016?


4 October – Nominations close

5 October to 18 October - Collection of portfolios from Nominees

Mid November – Shortlisted artists informed


16 January - Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition opens at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands

19 January - Winners announced at a ceremony in Singapore