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Here’s Where You Can Find Some of the Best New Art Around the World This Year And Next

Whether you’re a first-time art lover or have been a connoisseur for years, you’ll be pleased to know that more and more initiatives are being taken to recognize young and emerging artists in various countries around the world, thus keeping the global art scene alive and vibrant. We’ve rounded up some of the most prestigious art awards across the world, where to find the winners’ creations afterwards, and how you or someone you know can even submit works. 


1. Nissan Art Award

The Nissan Art Award was established in 2013 as part of Nissan’s 80th anniversary celebration. The award aims to recognize emerging Japanese artists to “further their careers, enhance their presence in the international art world and create an environment that encourages people to familiarize themselves with art.” 


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This year, five artists have been shortlisted: Ishu Han, Sachiko Kazama, Soichiro MiharaNobuko Tsuchiya, and Ei Wada. The exhibition will take place in July of next year in Yokohama—Nissan’s hometown—where the Grand Prix will be awarded. But it’s not just that: held alongside the art award is the Yokohama Triennale, a renowned international exhibition of contemporary art.

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2. Ateneo Art Awards

Established in 2004, the Ateneo Art Awards has been recognizing young contemporary artists and art writers around the country. The awards commemorate Fernando Zóbel, the founding benefactor of the Ateneo Art Gallery, and Purita Kalaw-Ledesma, art patron, critic, and founder of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) who had significant contribution to the country’s art history through her writings.


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This year, the shortlisted artists and writers will be announced on July 17, and the awarding ceremony will take place a month later, on August 18. Works of the winning artists will be on view at the Ateneo Art Gallery, located at Soledad V. Pangilinan Arts Wing of the Ateneo de Manila University’s art and innovation hub, Areté. Previous winners of the awards include Gale Encarnacion, Ronson Culibrina, Martha Atienza, and Ryan Villamiel

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3. Luxembourg Art Prize for Emerging Artist of the Year

The Luxembourg Art Prize, organized in 2015 by the Pinacothèque, a museum located in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, aims to “accelerate the careers of little-known artists through a group exhibition by the finalists.” In 2019 alone, the organization has received over 300 entries, resulting in 11 finalists. The Prize is open to both amateur and professional artists, of any age and nationality, from all the countries in the world. This year, there are finalists from all over Europe, North America, and Asia. 


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The fifth ceremony for this year will take place on September 28 at the Pinacothèque. 

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4. Nomura Art Award 

This recently-inaugurated art award is organized by Nomura, a leading financial services group, and “recognizes and encourages the outstanding achievements and potential of today’s artists wherever they might live and work.” Aside from awarding a prize of US$1 million to an artist “who has achieved a body of work of major cultural significance,” the Nomura Art Award will also present annual Emerging Artist Awards of US$100,000 each to two exceptional artists who are still at an early stage in their careers.

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5. Metrobank Art & Design Excellence

Since 1984, Metrobank Art & Design Excellence—formerly known as the Metrobank National Painting Competition—has been recognizing the talent and hard work of young Filipino artists as well as promoting Philippine art culture. The award covers painting, sculpting, interior design, and architecture. 


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To date, the Metrobank Foundation’s arts intervention programs have given recognition to almost 500 young artists and has supported close to 300 other art activities such exhibits of Competition winners, art workshops, art festivals, facilities improvement of museums and schools.

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