Two Pakistani women, Ayessha Quraishi and Marium Agha, have been shortlisted for South Asia’s Biggest Art Prize, ‘The 2022 Sovereign Asian Art Prize’.
Launched in 2003,’ The Sovereign Asian Art Prize’ increases the international exposure of artists in the region. It also raises funds for programmes that support underprivileged children using expressive arts. The awards are held annually, and it is recognised as the most established and prestigious annual art award in Asia-Pacific.
Of over 400 entries, Ayessha Quraishi and Marium Agha have been selected for the award from our country. The 32 finalists hail from 16 countries and regions across Asia-Pacific. Hong Kong has the strongest representation, followed by Singapore, China, Iran, and Vietnam.
Following is the number of finalists from 16 countries:
- 5 from Hong Kong
- 4 Singapore
- 3 from China
- 3 from Iran
- 3 Vietnam
- 2 from Australia
- 2 from Pakistan
- 1 from the Philippines
- 1 from India
- 1 from Malaysia
- 1 Uzbekistan
- 1 South Korea
- 1 Bangladesh
- 1 Myanmar
- 1 Japan
- 1 Taiwan
Marium Agha from Pakistan holds a BFA from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, an MFA from University of The Arts London, Central Saint Martins, London, and has completed a course in Curating Contemporary Art from Chelsea School of Art And Design, London (2009).
She took the news to her Instagram. She said she is thrilled to be a finalist for the @sovereignasianartprize 2022. “Of the finalists, 27 are new to The Prize this year,” she wrote.
Ayessha Quraishi is a contemporary visual artist based in Karachi. She initially received her art training from Nayyar Jamil, a Karachi-based educator. For over 3 decades, Quraishi has been working on her signature technique and visual language.
She is recognised for her work locally and internationally. In 2019, she participated in the International Istanbul Biennial. Her recent work was presented by Koel Gallery, Monograph: ‘Between Light’, which featured work panning thirty-five years (1985-2020) of her prolific and ongoing career.
The Grand Prize winner announcement will be made on the 26th of May 2022; Vogue Hong Kong Women’s art prize announcement will be made on the same day, while the Public Vote prize announcement will be made in June 2022.
The artwork sales open on the 25th of May and close on the 29th of May 2022.
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