M&C Saatchi Group and Saatchi Gallery reveal international Art for Change Award winners

M&C Saatchi Group and the Saatchi Gallery today announced the six regional winners of their annual Art for Change Prize international art initiative, which invited emerging artists from around the world to respond creatively to the theme of ‘Equality’ for the chance to win a grand prize of £10,000 .

The Art for Change Award re-opens access to art and culture among younger and underrepresented audiences, and in doing so aims to inspire a new, more diverse generation of artists. With over 2,500 entries received from artists based in 130 countries within M&C Saatchi’s key global regions (UK, Europe, Americas, Asia, Australia and Africa), a winner from each location has now been carefully selected from some of the most the fine business and creative minds from M&C Saatchi Group globally and a special selection of distinguished guest judges.

M&C Saatchi Group and Saatchi Gallery are proud to announce the six regional winners:

  • Africa Winner – Samuel Nnorom from Nsukka, Nigeria for his work After the Pandemic
  • Americas Winner – Rachel Zhang from Pennsylvania, United States for her works The American Dream and Gvnt’s Garden Fruit Market
  • Asia Winner – Sharon Cheung from Hong Kong for her series Our Time
  • Australian Winner – Claire Jack Vasquez from Queensland, Australia for her work The Hunter & Gatherer
  • European Winner – Jaroslav Lisicki from Wroclaw, Poland for Untitled and We
  • UK Winner – Felix Chesher from London, England for this work Proximity and PrEP

Each winner of this non-profit initiative will receive a cash prize. The total prize fund of £20,000 will be split between the six regional winners, five will receive £2,000 each and one overall winner (to be announced at the opening of the exhibition on 7 December 2022) who will receive 10 000 British pounds. In addition, all award-winning artist works will be exhibited in a special exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, an iconic platform for contemporary art, from 8 December 2022 to 6 January 2023.

The competition was launched as part of a shared mission by M&C Saatchi Group and the Saatchi Gallery to make art, culture and creativity accessible to all. The aim is to highlight and stimulate dialogue around the visual arts as an active medium for positive global and social change and to empower emerging artists from around the world.

Richard Thompson, Group Chairman of M&C Saatchi UK, “London is at the heart of the creative industries, but at the moment, due to major cuts in government funding to the arts industry, there are significant falls in the number of people studying art at A Levels. This has a direct impact on the creative industry and we are currently facing a creativity gap which is also underpinned by diversity and inclusion challenges.”

“At M&C Saatchi Group, we have chosen to lead and invest in the cultural sector through several initiatives, such as becoming Principal Patron of the Saatchi Gallery and creating the Art for Change Award. Through this platform, we want to give a voice to underrepresented groups by shining a light on what they are doing, inspiring their peers, breaking down barriers to entry into the creative career industry and encouraging people around the world to choose art and creativity as a career choice.”

“It was tremendous to receive an unprecedented number of submissions in our first year of competition, making the Art for Change Prize a truly unique global art initiative; and we expect that each year the competition will continue to grow in size and demand. This year’s entries are truly amazing and it’s inspiring to see each artist individually interpret the brief concept of ‘equality’ in their own unique way. It’s been a long time since there’s been an icon on the contemporary art scene, but who knows, we might just have found the next Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin!”

June Sarpong, OBE and Art for Change judge commented: “It was an absolute honor to be a judge for the first Art for Change Award, the entries were truly phenomenal and it was wonderful to see so many talented artists from around the world using their visual storytelling for good.”

Paul Foster, Director of The Saatchi Gallery, “The Saatchi Gallery worked closely with M&C Saatchi to develop the framework for the Art For Change Award and we are delighted by the high volume of submissions and the wide range of creative individuals that this initiative has reached across world. We congratulate the incredible selection of regional winners and look forward to seeing the response to the exhibition of their work in December.”

The overall winner of the Art for Change Award will be announced on December 7, 2022.

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