The 2017 Sovereign Asian Art Prize

The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, hosted by The Sovereign Art Foundation, was established in 2003 and is now recognised as one of the most prestigious awards for contemporary art in the Asia-Pacific region.

Held annually, the Sovereign Asian Art Prize invites mid-career contemporary artists, who have been nominated by a selected board of art experts, to enter up to three artworks online. Entries are then judged by a small judging panel consisting of independent art experts and professionals from the region, who select the best 30 artworks from a range of digital images. The 30 finalists are then exhibited in a prominent public space in Hong Kong, where the pieces are judged a second time, in person.

This year, the finalist works will be exhibited at Christie’s Hong Kong (19-21 April) and thereafter at The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong (25 April–4 May).

The organisers of the event have described the finalist works as indicative of “cutting edge contemporary art practice” from the region.  Writer and curator David Elliott, who chaired this year’s judging panel, said the 30 finalists had been a “revelation” and “[n]ot only has the region been covered in a more comprehensive way than before, but also a new generation of artists is starting to emerge that is impressive in the range and density of its work. This is clearly shown in the finalists in this exhibition.”