The ArtGemini Prize is a celebration to promote international contemporary art for emerging and established artists around the world.
It is an independent competition, open to all artists from anywhere in the world. Applicants must be aged 18 or over. The winners will be announced at an exhibition of the finalists’ works in London.
The aims of the prize are:
- to promote creativity and excellence from around the world
- to exhibit a wide range of challenging works
- to help artists to exhibit and sell their works in London
- to give the public access to quality and exciting works at affordable prices
- to support a selected charity each year.
The winners will be announced by the judges at the finalists’ exhibition in London. A cash fund of £5000 will be awarded to the winners in four categories. The Public Choice Prize is open for voting by the public during the exhibition, and the winner will be announced at the close of the show.
Painting and Sculpture Prize: 1st prize £1500, 2nd prize £1000.
Photography Prize: 1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £750
Young Artist Prize (under 25 years): £250
Public Choice Prize: £500
The judges are looking for excellence in content, contemporary aesthetic, technique and material.
Sajid Rizvi (London): Chair, ArtGemini Prize selection committee and judges’ panel, Founder Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, EAPGroup International Media.
Pamela Kember-Tong (UK): Head of Arts & Learning at Asia House, London.
Estelle Lovatt (UK): Art Critic and Art History Lecturer.
Thorsten Overgaard: Danish photographer, writer and educator.
The competition has a two-stage selection process.
- Stage 1 (online) The jury will draw up a long list of up to 120 works from all the images submitted online. It will then shortlist up to 40 works for the finalists’ exhibition in London. The judges will have access to information such as title, size and medium but not the identity of the artist. An artist’s signature which is part of the work is permitted.
- Stage 2 (final selection) The judges will view each shortlisted work individually and will select the prize winners (except for the Public Choice Prize, which will be based on voting by the public). All selected artists will be advised of the transportation options available for delivery and collection of their works.
5 April 2016: Open for entries
19 July 2016: Entries close
20 – 26 July 2016: Stage one selection (online) by judging panel.
4 August 2016: Announcement of shortlisted works.
21 Sept 2016: Stage two selection for winners by judging panel.
22 – 30 Sept 2016: Exhibition & Private View at Asia House, London
NB. All dates are preliminary and are subject to change.