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Pussy Riot To Attend Prudential Eye Awards In Singapore

13-01-2014
 
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The inaugural Prudential Eye Awards celebrate and recognise artistic talent from across greater Asia and will be held at Singapore’s Suntec City on 18 January. Members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot, Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, will attend alongside Russian-Canadian artist and husband of Nadya, Pyotr Verzilov. Pussy Riot have been nominated in the digital/video category of the awards for their performances described as ‘oppositional art’ including their world notorious Punk Prayer. Also flying in to Singapore to attend the awards are a host of visual artists, curators, museum directors, Asian business leaders, international celebrities, and other world renowned figures.
 
One of China’s foremost contemporary artists and a painter of international stature, Liu Xiaodong will be honoured with an award forOutstanding Contribution to Asian Art, sponsored by Audemars Piguet. His career has been defined by an unparalleled dedication to the chronicling of humanity – living day-to-day on-site with the subjects of his paintings. Through multiple significant solo exhibitions in museums and major international art galleries, Liu Xiaodong has contributed significantly to the worldwide understanding and appreciation of art from Asia.
 
The following artists nominated for awards across the categories of Digital / Video, Installation, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture will attend: Baden Pailthorpe, Fiona Lowry, Ben Quilty, and Eric Bridgeman from Australia; Yang Yongliang and Peng Yu from China;Almond Chu  from Hong Kong; Jompet Kuswidananto from Indonesia; Yuji Honbori from Japan; Chaewook Lim, Yong Ho Ji, and Seoung Wook Sim from Korea; and Irina Korina and Pussy Riot from Russia.

Five category winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. The winner of each category will be awarded a prize of US$20,000 and the overall winner will receive a further US$30,000, and be given the opportunity to exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London in the summer of 2014. The 20 shortlisted artists feature in an exhibition in Singapore, from 17 January - 5 February 2014 and in a limited edition publication by Skira.

Art world professionals and judges for the Prudential Eye Awards, Serenella Ciclitira, Founder, Parallel Contemporary Art; Founder, Prudential Eye Awards; Andreї Erofeev, Independent curator and critic; Tan Boon Hui, Group Director, Programmes Group, National Heritage Board of Singapore; Nigel Hurst, CEO, Saatchi Gallery; and Nick Mitzevich, Director, Art Gallery of Southern Australia, will be present.
 
Ambassadors, Italian singer and actress Serena Autieri, Korean movie star and director Ha Jung-woo, and British artist Petroc Sesti will attend alongside Asian business leaders including Barry Stowe, Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia, and government figures including the Acting Minister for Culture, Community & Youth in Singapore Lawrence Wong.
 
Parallel Contemporary Art collaborated with the Saatchi Gallery to launch the Global Eye Programme in 2008. The Korean Eye, Indonesian Eye and Hong Kong Eye exhibitions have since provided young artists with platforms from which to showcase their artistic talent, through touring exhibitions and features in published catalogues. To date, the Global Eye Programme has held 17 exhibitions worldwide, and been viewed by over two million people.

Parallel Contemporary Art is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting emerging artists. It was founded by David and Serenella Ciclitira who have been collectors and patrons of contemporary art for over two decades; 23 years ago they founded two annual awards at the Royal College of Art, London. The Parallel Award for painting and the Serenella Ciclitira Scholarship for sculpture still provide valuable support and stipe-ends for graduating fine artists. Through their love of travel and discovering new artist talent, they realised young artists in many parts of Asia were under supported and going unnoticed.
About the Global Eye Programme


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