To further promote contemporary art practice and enrich the Philippine cultural landscape, the Ateneo Art Gallery and its partners give recognition and opportunities to Filipino visual artists below the age of 36 through the Ateneo Art Awards – Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art. Since 2004, outstanding works and exhibitions by young visual artists are duly recognized through this prize that honors and commemorates Fernando Zóbel de Ayala (1924-1984), the founding benefactor of the Ateneo Art Gallery.
Celebrating the best of contemporary art in the Philippines, the Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art are given to three (3) artists from a shortlist of twelve (12). They will be eligible for international residency grants funded by Ateneo Art Gallery and its partner institutions: La Trobe Art Institute, La Trobe University in Bendigo, Australia; The Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, United Kingdom; and Artesan Gallery + Studio in Singapore. The selection of residency grant recipients is made by the host institutions.
This year the Ateneo Art Gallery welcomes the Embassy of Italy as a new partner for the Ateneo Art Awards – Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Arts. In line with the Embassy’s program to compile a collection of Philippine contemporary art, the Ambassador will select one artist among the 12 shortlisted artists as recipient of the AAA – Embassy of Italy Purchase Prize. This program provides the AAA a new award incentive to promote Philippine contemporary artists.
Nominators should attest that they have personally seen the exhibition and as well as the artworks that will be indicated in this nomination form and guidelines. The visual artist-nominee should be a citizen of the Philippines below 36 years old on 31 May 2018.
Those eligible to nominate are the following: former members of the Ateneo Art Awards Jury, museum and gallery directors or curators (commercial and non-commercial), independent curators, professional visual artists (must have participated in at least one solo or group exhibition in a public venue), art administrators, art journalists or art educators residing in the Philippines.