Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sotheby's Establishes Major Prize for Curatorial Projects

Last month Sotheby’s announced the launch of a new and exciting initiative that we feel will bring great benefit to the wider arts community: The Sotheby’s Prize for a ground-breaking exhibition.

This is an annual prize to support and encourage ground-breaking, thought-provoking museum exhibitions and curatorial initiatives. Extending up to a maximum value of $250,000, the prize will be available to institutions, curators and museum directors with ambitions to realize trailblazing, potentially landscape-changing, projects in the cultural field.

Nominees and the inaugural winner will be determined by a jury of esteemed art world figures representing a broad spectrum of cultures and disciplines, including: Sir Nicholas Serota (Chair, Arts Council England), Connie Butler (Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles), Okwui Enwezor (Director of the Haus der Kunst Museum in Munich) and Donna De Salvo (Senior Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York). 

If you would like to learn more about the new Sotheby’s Prize and how to apply then please look through this dedicated page. Please note that the application deadline is 9am (EST) on July 24 2017. We can only consider applications received in the standard format with all sections complete.

Upon submission you will receive an acknowledgement that your application has been received. You will be notified after 24 July of whether your proposal will move into the next phase. The jury will make its final decision in early September and you will be notified of their decision by 15 September 2017.

Please note that the Sotheby’s Prize winner will be expected to attend a celebratory dinner in New York on 3 November at which the Sotheby’s Prize will be officially awarded.

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