Art for Change Prize

M&C Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery

Entries Now Open Until 8 September 2022

About

M&C Saatchi, in collaboration with Saatchi Gallery have launched a new international art initiative – the annual Art for Change Prize. As part of a shared mission in making art, culture, and creativity accessible to everyone, this free-to-enter prize is a celebration of emerging artistic talent. It will highlight and stimulate dialogue around visual arts as a medium for positive global and social change and give exposure to emerging artists worldwide.

Key Dates

Call for entries open: Thursday, 14 July 2022
Deadline for entries: Thursday, 8 September 2022, (11:59pm)
Regional winners announced: Friday, 28 October 2022
Overall winners announced: Wednesday, 7 December 2022
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, 8 December 2022 – Friday, 6 January 2023

With the concept of Art for Change in mind, this year’s prize invites emerging artists from around the world to creatively respond to the theme of ‘Equality’.

How to Apply:

  • Artists must be aged 18 or over and within the first five years of what they hope to be a successful artistic career.
  • Accepted media includes painting, drawing, illustration, photography, collage, 2D mixed-media, video or film.
  • Submitted works must creatively respond to the theme ‘Equality’ and have been executed since 1 January 2020.
  • Works must be stable and capable of being shipped and installed on a walled surface.
  • Submitted works must be available between 1 November 2022 and 31 January 2023 for an exhibition in London.
  • One application per artist is permitted with a maximum of five artworks accepted.
  • Artists may only enter the prize in the region associated with their country of residence.
  • The artwork(s) must be the participants own work(s) and the participant warrants that they have full title to the artwork(s) and that they have all rights to submit the artwork(s).
  • The Prize

    A total prize fund of £20,000 will be split between six regional winners, five to receive £2,000 each and one overall winner to receive £10,000.
    All artists will exhibit their winning works in a dedicated exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London, a recognised authority in contemporary art, where the overall winner will be announced on Wednesday 7 December 2022.

    The Judges

    Applications will be invited through an open call online and the prize is available to emerging artists based in the following M&C Saatchi key global regions UK, Europe, Americas, Asia, Australia, and Africa. A winner from each location will be decided by some of the best business and creative minds from M&C Saatchi Group globally and eminent guest judges. Judges include:

    UK: Ben Golik, Chief Creative Officer at M&C Saatchi London, Darren Bowles, Partner & Executive Creative Director at Re, Part of M&C Saatchi Group, June Sarpong OBE, Author & Broadcaster.

    Europe: Vincenzo Gasbarro, Co-Founder & Creative Partner at M&C Saatchi Milan, Klara Eide, Partner & Executive Strategy Director at M&C Saatchi Stockholm, Daniel Sundin, Founder of Litz Art Space Stockholm & Partner & Account Director at M&C Saatchi Stockholm.

    Americas: Nicholos Rotondi, Executive Creative Director at M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment North America, Lucas Crigler, Creative Director at SS+K, Part of M&C Saatchi Group, Andre Bato, Founder, Director & Creative Director at Andre Bato Corp.

    Africa: Neo Mashigo, Chief Creative Officer at M&C Saatchi Abel South Africa, Robert Grace, Founding Partner and Head of Strategy at M&C Saatchi Abel South Africa, Mary Corrigal, Founder of Corrigall & Co & African Art Consultant.

    Asia: Ali Shabaz, Chief Creative Officer at M&C Saatchi Singapore, Tony Liu, Chief Creative Officer at M&C Saatchi aeiou Shanghai, Circe Henestrosa, Fashion Curator & Head of the School of Fashion at Lasalle College of the Arts Singapore.

    Australia: Emma Robbins, Executive Creative Director at M&C Saatchi Melbourne, Mandie van der Merwe, Executive Creative Director at M&C Saatchi Sydney, Blak Douglas, Artist and 2022 Archibald Prize winner.

    About M&C Saatchi Group

    M&C Saatchi Group is a creative company that connects specialist expertise, fuelled by data, technology and culture, to help clients navigate, create and lead meaningful change. The Group operates across five core divisions: Connected Creativity; Passion Marketing; Global & Social Issues; Brand, Experience & Innovation; and Performance Media. Headquartered in London, operations span 23 countries with major hubs in the UK, Europe, US, Middle East & Africa, Asia and Australia. M&C Saatchi Group’s two principles, Diversity of Thought and Brutal Simplicity of Thought, guide how they build teams and solve problems.

    It is listed as ‘M&C Saatchi PLC’ (LON:SAA) on the AIM stock exchange in London.

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