2016 has only just started and with it marked the return of the
Prudential Eye Awards to Singapore where it was presented at the
This prestigious award puts a spotlight on emerging artists from across
Asia and covers a diversity of works. The categories covered by the
award were: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Installation and
Artists were drawn in not only by the large amount of prize money
(total prize money amounted to USD 150,000 plus a USD 20,000 trophy) but
the prestige and glory that was attached to the winner of each of the
five categories. An overall winner was chosen from these five and
awarded the prize of ‘Best Emerging Artist,’ winning a further USD
30,000 and a solo exhibition at START Saatchi Gallery in London.
The selection of the 15 finalists for the Prudential Eye Awards was
by no means an easy task with over 100 artist submissions put forward by
curators, critics and art experts from across Asia in order to produce
shortlists of three artists in five categories for Best Emerging Artist.
In order to complete the difficult task of selecting the winner, the
Prudential Eye Awards counts on an illustrious panel of judges who are
on everyone’s list of the “who’s who” from the world of arts. The judges
include Johnson Chang, Serenella Ciclitira (CEO & Founder of
Parallel Contemporary Art), Honor Harger (Executive Director, Art
Science Museum, Marina Bay Sands), Nigel Hurst (CEO, Saatchi Gallery),
Fumio Nanjo (Director, Mori Art Museum), Rosalyn D’Mello (Writer, Editor
and Art Critic), and last but not least is, Gu Wenda who was the
recipient of the 2015 Prudential Eye Award Lifetime Achievement.
Highlights of the Awards this year were the prestigious Lifetime
Achievement Award was given to the Thai artist, Sakarin Krue-On, whose
works are mostly conceptual and include media, video, sculpture and
Sakarin Krue-On was the first artist from Thailand to join Documenta
12 in 2007 and subsequently was also the recipient and winner of the
ASilpathorn award in 2009. Among his other accomplishments are his
participation at the 3rd Nanjing Triennial in 2008, the 2009 Venice
Biennale and the 2012 Busan Biennale.
Sakarin Krue-On’s interest and focus is on human values and the lives
of the communities within Thai society. He is an artist that, despite
his international exposure, has remained true to his Asian roots.
The Visual and Pop Culture Award for Prudential Eye Awards 2016 was
awarded to the popular Thai rock group Slot Machine for their upcoming
album which marks their first foray into the English language.
After a lovely cocktail viewing of winners the awards were announced
at a gala award ceremony at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands.
1.- Sareth Svay (Cambodia) winner of the Sculpture Category.
2.- Huang Po Chih (Taiwan) winner of the Installation Category.
3.- Manish Nai (India) winner of the Painting Category.
4.- Shumon Ahmed (Bangladesh) winner of Photography Category.
5.- Trinh Thi Nguyen (Vietnam) winner of the Digital/Video Category.
The Overall Best Emerging Award was awarded to Sareth Svay, who was the winner of the Sculpture Category.
With so many art related events to attend during this year’s Art Week
2016, one should surely make the time to visit this exhibition which
runs through March 27 2016 .
6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Admission Fees Apply