For the first time there are “giant” prizes worth up to VND 2.6 billion for young artists

The Young Professional Artist Competition - Vietart Today 2016 is co-organized by the V Art and Young Artist’ Club (Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association) and sponsored by Galerie Nguyen (Ho Chi Minh City). The competition aims to unearth, support, and pave the way for potential artists to market their artworks, bring galleries and artists together and create a more professional environment for artists.

Poster of Vietart Today 2016.

 The judging panel members of Vietart Today 2016 include: Ildegarda E. Scheidegger, Ph.D. of Art (former Director of Asian Fine Art of Sotheby’s Auction House); Thanh Kieu Moeller (Singapore), Curator; Julie Lam (Canada), Collector; Oliver Do Ngoc (Luxembourg), Collector and Tran Thanh Canh, Artist (Chairperson of the Young Painters’ Club, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association).

Butcher’s shop (oil on canvas, 150cm x 400cm, 2012), by contestant Nguyen Van Du

Artist Uyen Huy – President of Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association, professional advisor of the competition, said: “Vietart Today 2016 create a favourable platform for discovering young talents for Vietnamese fine arts; a professional artistic “playing field” for youth to meet up and showcase their talents to both domestic and international audience. I resort the phrase “playing field” in this context, yet, I am really not into it. Never before have I seen art as a game and art creative space as a “playing field”. As art is born out of candid innovation, intellectual and emotional devotion based on love for art and true feelings from the bottom of our hearts and artists live and sacrifice themselves for art. Nevertheless, here I make do with the phrase “playing field”.

The Cube 1 (oil on canvas, 140cm x 200cm, 2014) by contestant Pham Anh.

Artworks of the competition can be presented in forms of oil paintings, acrylic paintings, lacquer paintings, etc… Each contestant submits one or two sets of three to ten paintings whose sizes are not less than 60 cm in both dimensions and his/her artist statement or artwork concept as well as a summary of his/her artist career.

Slaughter house (oil on canvas, 160cm x 160cm, 2014) by contestant Nguyen Van Du

The deadline for competition registration via email is 17:00 December 6, 2016. Top 20 paintings selected for the final round will be announced on December 10, 2016. Vietart prize awarding ceremony is scheduled to take place by the end of February 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The scoring mechanism for 20 best paintings selected to go to the final round is as follows: 50% of the score is given by the judging panel, and the other 50% is given by the collectors.

In the land of the living (silk, 80cm x 80cm) by contestant Nguyen Thi Hue

 The first prize includes VND 100 million cash, a trip to visit an artfair in Singapore and an exclusive five-year contract with the main sponsor (Galerie Nguyen) with the total value . The second and third prizes also have the same prize structure with the total value of over VND 1.5 billion and over VND 1 billion respectively.

LĐO H.T 6:23 PM, 21/11/2016