Instituted in 2009 to mark 30 years of creative collaborations with artists, the Absolut Art Award aims to support emerging artists and art writers with a cash prize up for grabs.
With a total of forty seven artists and art writers up for nomination across both the ‘Art Work’ and ‘Art Writing’ categories, this year’s selection includes nominees from around the world who have all shown potential to be the next Absolut Art Award winner. Nominees come from multiple artistic disciples and professional backgrounds from across five continents and 24 countries, ranging in age from 30 to 69. In the ‘Art Writing’ category, ten art writers have been selected, continuing Absolut’s longstanding support of critical theory and nurturing of artistic discourse.
The 2015 jury will select five finalists from a shortlist of both categories to be revealed during Art Basel Miami Beach 2014, with the winning artist and writer being announced during the Vernissage of La Biennale di Venezia – 56th International Art Exhibition in May 2015. The award ceremony will then take place in September 2015 in Stockholm, Sweeden.
Providing a unique opportunity to realise their dream projects, the winning artist will receive a cash prize of €20,000 along with a budget of €100,000, to produce and exhibit a new artwork. The winning art writer will also receive a cash prize of €20,000, with a budget of €25,000 to be used toward the research and production of a new publication.
The international Jury for the 2015 Absolut Art Award will include three additional distinguished curators: Magali Arriola, Curator at Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Doryun Chong, Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong and Jessica Morgan, Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art at Tate Modern and Artistic Director of the 10th Gwangju Biennale, as well as Negar Azimi, writer and Senior Editor of Bidoun Magazine.