ELEVATIONS LAOS is a non-profit contemporary art initiative aiming to support and stimulate mobility and exchange in Laos amongst artists and publics in Southeast Asia and beyond. It launched in November 2018 with an exhibition in Vientiane and a public program in Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
The mission of ELEVATIONS LAOS is to elevate the profile of established Lao artists and to encourage the next generation of Lao artists and curators through a sustainable funding model, through two main program elements:
During even years, ELEVATIONS LAOS | EXHIBITION focuses on artists in or from the Southeast Asian region, inspiring a SYMPOSIUM and PUBLIC PROGRAM.
During odd years, the ELEVATIONS LAOS | ART PRIZE will encourage emerging artists of all ages and ethnicities holding Lao citizenship to apply. An esteemed jury will award finalists and a prizewinner for an awards exhibition.
The first ELEVATIONS LAOS | ART PRIZE will be launched in 2019.
Elevations Laos was founded by Gary Stafford of The Spellbrook Foundation (ACN 603 929 871). Spellbrook provides assistance to communities in developing countries with a focus on Laos. Australian Aid is a co-funder of the program in 2018.