The Sunny Art Prize 2020 | London Exhibition opens on October 1st 2020 and will be on view until October 30th 2020. Expanding from the programme of previous editions, this year’s initiative sees the work of 48 shortlisted artists, instead of 30, being exhibited in London.
During the opening ceremony on October 1st (see details below for tickets), the top three entrants will be announced. Prizes for the top three winners include a cash award of £3,000 and a solo show at The Sunny Art Centre for First Prize, £2,000 for Second Prize, and £1,000 for Third Prize. All three winners will also win a one-month residency and a group show in China.
Every edition of the Sunny Art prizes tries to push the boundaries of both traditional and new media, allowing audiences world-wide to engage with issues of paramount importance to global societies through visual culture. With 2020 being the year that defined this decade, the extremely talented pool of international artists embraced the trail of examining sensitive and complex issues through their work. The relevant matters include COVID-19, how the lockdown meant for different societies and how the resurgence of forward-looking movements such as Black Lives Matter and Trans Lives Matter are achieving positive change. Artists have also commented on what 2020 meant for environmental change as the world braces for environmental catastrophes and the concerns of how world-wide conflicts are exacerbating fragile social systems and their related impact on identity in at the end of the second decade of the 21st century.
This year proved a difficult one for the arts and cultural enterprise, with coronavirus causing an economic contraction for the industry which almost caused its collapse, especially considering the initial neglect to support for artists and creatives from governmental budgets for the crisis. This first London group exhibition of this year’s edition of the prize is thus also meant to showcase the importance of the arts and artists to society, with particular emphasis on their value in terms of their educational, economic, and social wellbeing contributions.
Visit the Shortlisted Artists page to check out the work of Ana Schmidt / Azita Moradkhani / Antonios Fikos / Beichen Zhang / Colin Roberts / Catherine Hyland / David Hedley Noble / Diana Savostaite / Emanuela I. Harris Sintamarian / Elisa Bertaglia / Frances Gynn / Gabriele Grones / Gyonyoung Yoon / Glib Mukha / Gavin Watson / Hang Gao / Into Niilo / Julie Stephenson / Julian Reisinger / Keane Tan / Kong Ho / Lisyanet Rodriguez / Rich Jellyman / Robert Winstanley / Richard Kenton Webb / Roberto Beragnoli / Ming Lu / Mariia Filatova / Martha Zmpounou / Mgdalena Kielak / Marie Lenclos / Najaah Mclaren / Nina Pancheva / Pawel Sadaj / Parastoo Ahoon / Svetlana Ochkovskaya / Serhii Korabelnikov / Sam Rachamin / Shaun Haugen / Silvia Rocchino / Sofia Mangini / Tijana Petrovic / Tommy Ramsay / Vinciane Roduit / Wiktor Kuta / Zena Assi / Zoe Beaudry / Zofia Blazko