The shortlisted artists will exhibit their work at Daiwa Foundation Japan House in June 2012 during which time one artist will be selected as the winner and will be invited to Scai the Bathhouse in Tokyo in Autumn 2012.
Just over 700 artists submitted work for consideration this year by the distinguished panel of judges: Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Masami Shiraishi, President, Scai the Bathhouse, Tokyo; Martin Gayford, art critic and author; and Grayson Perry, artist and 2003 Turner Prize winner.
This is the second Daiwa Foundation Art Prize. In its inaugural year Marcus Coates was awarded the First Prize of a solo exhibition at the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo. The Prize, which is open to British artists resident in the UK, offers artists a unique opportunity to gain an insight into Japan’s visual art sector. The winner is awarded a £5,000 participation fee plus travel and accommodation costs for a seven-day period in Japan to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. During this period support and introductions to key individuals and organisations in the Japanese contemporary art world will be arranged.
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is a UK charity, established in 1988 with a generous benefaction from Daiwa Securities Co Ltd. The Foundation’s purpose is to support closer links between Britain and Japan.
Image: Marcus Coates ‘The Plover’s Wing’ 2008, film (winner of first Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2009)