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What a month February has been. We're wrapping up the Rise Art Prize and looking towards the next activities of 2018.

By Aimee Morris | 02 Mar 2018

When the new year began, Rise Art hit the ground running. Artworks for our Rise Art Prize exhibition were flying in from all over the world, from Johannesburg to Macau. Our global search for extraordinary contemporary artists had resulted in 25 exceptional finalists who showcased their work over the course of February at House of Vans.


A taster of the 2018 Rise Art Prize Awards exhibition launch and awards ceremony.


On the evening of our launch party and awards ceremony, our final judging panel - featuring 9 acclaimed artists as well as esteemed curators and arts media editors - reviewed the works of our finalists in person and cast their votes.


YBA Artist Gavin Turk contemplating Floating Cubes by Kareem Rizk.


South African artist Lebohang Kganye was crowned our Global Artist of the Year, winning the prestigious £10,000 prize.


Ke ile ka tswela pele ka ho tereka a ntse a bua by Lebohang Kganye on exhibition.


YBA artist Gavin Turk presented the award, as well as the Patrón Tequila UK Artist of the Year, which went to London-based photographer Gina Soden. Gina was interviewed the following day about her Rise Art Prize journey on London Live.


YBA Gavin Turk with Patrón Tequila UK Artist of the Year and Photography Award winner       Gina Soden.

Art-lover and Serges DeNimes fashion entrepreneur Oliver Proudlock presented the People’s Choice Award, which went to sculptor Tom Waugh. Gina and Tom came top of their respective categories too. See a full list of the 2018 Rise Art Prize winners here, including our phenomenal Young UK Artists.

Members of our final panel admiring Heja Rahiminia's Looking for Utopia: Refugees series.

The Rise Art Prize was featured in a variety of publications across the nation, including the Financial Times How to Spend It, the Evening Standard, Wonderland, Country & Town House, After Nyne and Hunger Online. Our launch party even made it into British Vogue’s Week in Pictures.

Lily Allen enjoying the party.


Over the course of the exhibition, we hosted curator-led exhibition tours and artist talks. We also put together a panel discussion on how new technologies like VR and AI are changing the future of art.


Our tech panel discussing how new technology is shaping the future of art.


Our co-founder and CTO Marcos Steverlynck spoke on the panel alongside other art-tech experts, including the Head of Digital Content at Tate, Hilary Knight; the Director of VIVE Arts & Culture, Victoria Chang; and Google Tilt Brush Artist in Residence Tamiko Thiel.


Amanda from Gate Reality set up a VR demo station where people could try out some tech.


All this activity and it’s only just gone March. So that’s a wrap on the 2018 Rise Art Prize, but what’s next? Keep an eye out for the launch of our new art personality test. We’ll give you artworks that match your character Watch this space.


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