© Nissan Art Awards
From among the 33 candidates, seven finalists were chosen in the first selection round at the beginning of May in Venice, Italy by five globally renowned jury members. The finalists will be working on new pieces with the support of Nissan. The new works from the artists will be shown in Yokohama, starting on November 14. On November 24, the jury members will meet again to determine the winner of the Grand Prix (Grand Prize).
Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., who observed the first selection round, said: "Seeing the selection process was such an inspiring experience. It showed the diversity of contemporary Japanese art and the boundless potential of young artists. I very much look forward to seeing their creative talents in their new works in November."
Fumio Nanjo, Jury Chairman of Nissan Art Award 2015, said: "It was quite a difficult challenge for us to select a small number of finalists from such an interesting and innovative group of artists. In the end we chose seven artists whose approach or language is poetic, delicate and new."
River - 2004
© Tomoko Yoneda
Nissan Art Award 2015 first round finalists
-Sayaka Akiyama (b. 1971 in Hyogo / lives and works in Kanagawa)
-Tsuyoshi Hisakado (b. 1981 in Kyoto / lives and works in Kyoto)
-Takashi Ishida (b. 1972 in Tokyo / lives and works in Tokyo)
-Takahiro Iwasaki (b. 1975 in Hiroshima / lives and works in Hiroshima)
-Futoshi Miyagi (b. 1981 in Okinawa / lives and works in Tokyo)
-Yuko Mohri (b. 1980 in Kanagawa / lives and works in Tokyo)
-Tomoko Yoneda (b. 1965 in Hyogo / lives and works in London)
Exhibition of seven finalists:
November 14–December 27, 2015
Venue: BankART Studio NYK, 3-9 Kaigan Dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Second selection and award ceremony:
The Grand Prix artist is selected by the jury based on the exhibition. An Audience Award will be awarded based on votes from the public. All winners will be announced and awarded at the award ceremony & reception on November 24.
(Participation in the award ceremony & reception is by invitation only.)
International Jury Members
Fumio Nanjo—Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan Chairman
Jean de Loisy—Director, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Rhana Devenport—Director, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, New Zealand
Jenni Lomax—Director, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
Eugene Tan—Director, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore
Grand Prix (Total value: five million JPY):
–Three million JPY
–Opportunity to live in London for two months (in association with the Camden Arts Centre)
-One million JPY each (Grand Prix winner excluded)