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.
Call for entries open: Thursday, 14 July 2022
Deadline for entries: Thursday, 15 September 2022, (11:59pm)
Regional winners announced: Tuesday, 1 November 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’.
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.
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.
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