Sotheby's Prize open for applications

 Huguette Caland, Exit, 1970. One of the pieces of work to be displayed in the MCA Chicago exhibition set to open in 2020 - one winning entry to the 2017 Sotheby's Prize.

Huguette Caland, Exit, 1970. One of the pieces of work to be displayed in the MCA Chicago exhibition set to open in 2020 - one winning entry to the 2017 Sotheby's Prize.

The annual Sotheby’s Prize is open for applications.  The prize is international – open to all geographies – and the winner will receive up to $250,000 to help fund a ground-breaking museum exhibition or cultural initiative.  It is aimed particularly at helping museums and art institutions realise ambitions to explore overlooked or under-represented areas of art history and to break new ground.  Last year 92 applications came from 15 different countries on five continents and the winning prize was shared between submissions for two projected exhibitions that will explore under-represented areas of art history: Many Tongues: Art, Language, and Revolution in the Middle East and South AsiaMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (opening on February 15, 2020) and Pop América, 1965-1975Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, co-organised by the McNay Art Museum (opening in October 2018)

The jury for awarding the prize comprises – Allan Schwartzman, Nicholas Serota (Chair, Arts Council England), Connie Butler (Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles), Okwui Enwezor (Director of the Haus der Kunst museum in Munich) and Donna de Salvo (Senior Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York). This year, the jury hopes for a broader international spread of applications and encourages exhibitions from outside of the contemporary period.

Sir Nicholas Serota sadi: “We’ve all seen exhibitions that reexamined a great figure from the past four or five hundred years and did so in a way that made us think again. I hope this time some of the curators working in historical fields will think about putting forward their proposals.” 

Allan Schwartzman added, “I’d like to see many more applications coming from Asia, Africa, South America and whist there were many applications from Europe, I’d love to see more, covering a broader range of territory.”

Applications for the prize close on June 30, 2018. Here for more info on how to apply