The Škoda Prize, in its second year will honour talent from the world of Indian contemporary art. The award is given in recognition of outstanding work in contemporary art to artists under the age of 45.
This year, the jury members include art curator Kiran Nadar, contemporary artist Vivan Sundaran and Pooja Sood, the director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association.
Apart from the jury panel, there is also an advisory committee headed by art critic, Girish Shahane.
Says Girish, “The idea for such an award was initiated by Martin D’Costa the head of Seventy EMG. It received a tremendous response last year with more than 25 per cent entries from Mumbai itself. The final winner will be announced at the Lalit Kala academy in Delhi in January 2012 and will be awarded Rs 10 lakhs.”
Apart from the prize amount, the top 20 short listed artists will feature in a catalogue and the artworks of the final three artists will be exhibited in Gallery Experimenta in Kolkata and Gallery Muskara in Mumbai. Moreover, Pro Helvetia-Swiss Arts Council will offer a four-week residency in Switzerland to each of the two runners-up of the award.
Last year, the prize by Škoda and the Seventy Media Group, received a total of 169 entries from across India. Delhi-based Bengali Artist Mithu Sen, was awarded the first prize for Indian contemporary art.
She was one of the top three finalists with Balasubramaniam Alwar and Kiran Subbaiah.
Sen’s work on paper Black Candy with the added tagline iforgotmypenisathome was a funny commentary of male sexuality and its psychic anxieties. Says Sen, “It feels great to have your work recognised on such a huge scale. The installations and paintings that I had exhibited expressed homosexuality and gender and identity crisis.”
She adds, “This is a good opportunity for young Indian artists. The Škoda prize was introduced after I exhibited my work. So winning it was quite unexpected. But, artists can now exhibit their work and consciously compete to win the award.”
To send nominations for
The Škoda Prize 2011, check www.theskodaprize.com.
Last date to apply is August 31.