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