K11 Artist Prize—Open Call 2024


01.12.2023 – 07.02.2024

K11 Art Foundation announces the launch of a new contemporary art prize: the K11 Artist Prize, which aims to provide emerging Asian artists with a significant platform for recognition and advancement on the international art scene. The K11 Artist Prize presents a unique opportunity for the selected artist to participate in an exhibition by the K11 Art Foundation. The winner of the K11 Artist Prize will be revealed at a gala ceremony during the opening of the K11 Art Foundation’s flagship exhibition in Hong Kong in March 2024, coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong.

The creation of the K11 Artist Prize has been spearheaded by the K11 Art Foundation International Council. Dr. Adrian Cheng, Founder of the K11 Art Foundation, unveiled the formation of this council in September 2023. Under the leadership of Dr. Alia Al-Senussi, the K11 Artist Prize is a pivotal step in the Foundation’s commitment to supporting the next generation of Asian artists. The awarded artist will not only gain critical exposure through an exhibition but will also receive mentorship from members of the K11 Art Foundation International Council, including Chairperson Alia Al-Senussi and Founding Members A4 Arts Foundation, Basma Al Sulaiman, Sarah Arison, Eugenio Re Rebaudengo and Olga Re Rebaudengo, and Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

The Prize is also complemented by participation in a range of K11 Art Foundation projects, which include a two-month residency opportunity at the K11 art village in Wuhan, China and other educational initiatives, to broaden the reach of the selected artist and facilitate ongoing professional development. The Prize presents various opportunities for expanding networks and connections, engaging in creative collaborations, and gaining wider recognition within the global art community.

For full details about the opportunities that the Prize will provide with the selected artist, please refer to the section “Application Details” below.

Applications for the K11 Artist Prize are open from 1 December 2023 to 7 February 2024. Interested artists can submit their applications to the K11 Art Foundation at artistprize@k11artfoundation.org.

Application Details

1. Who can apply?

Application criteria include:

  • Asian or ethnic Asian artists, with no restriction on the current place of residence or work
  • Individuals or artist collectives
  • Open to all ages and art practices
  • Have been active in the art industry within the past five to ten years
2. What is the prize for the selected artist?

The selected artist will participate in the K11 Art Foundation’s future international projects to reach a wider audience and continuously expand his or her professional network. These projects include but are not limited to participation in:

  • One of the exhibitions by the K11 Art Foundation in 2024–2026;
  • A two-month residency opportunity at the K11 art village in Wuhan, China in 2024–2026;
  • A day at Art Basel Hong Kong 2024, hosted by K11 Art Foundation International Council chairperson Dr. Alia Al-Senussi together with the K11 Art Foundation;
  • Global interaction and bespoke mentoring sessions with the prominent K11 Art Foundation International Council members in 2024–2025;
  • One K11 MASTERCLASS in 2024–2025 (an online cultural academic programme run by K11, with average views over 10k in the WeChat communities); and
  • K11 Artist Prize alumni network.
3. Do I have to pay for my submission? 

No. Application for the K11 Artist Prize is free.

4. What to submit for my application? 

Your application should be sent to us as a single PDF file (under 25MB) via email. The file should include the followings:

  • Personal particulars, which should include:
    • Full Name
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Nationality
    • Ethnicity
    • Email address
    • Social media account
    • Representing gallery with representing year (if any)
  • CV (maximum two pages);
  • Up to five images that summarise your artistic practice; and
  • A 500-word artist statement, written in Chinese or English, to elaborate on how your artistic practice relates to your personal heritage or Asian cultures.

Applications sent in a different format will not be considered.

5. Where and by when should I submit my application?

Your application should be submitted to artistprize@k11artfoundation.org, using the subject line and header below:

“K11 Artist Prize 2024 – (your full name)”

The deadline for application submission is 7 February 2024.

6. How do I know if my application has been successful?

You will receive an email notifying your successful application in five working days.

7. Can I edit or withdraw my submission?

If you wish to edit or withdraw your application, please send an email to artistprize@k11artfoundation.org and indicate your intent. Each request will be evaluated on an individual basis.

8. Who are the judges? 

The esteemed advisory group of the K11 Art Foundation International Council, led by Dr. Alia Al-Senussi. Please refer to this page to learn more about the Council.

9. What are the judging criteria?

The applicants will be scored based on the attributes including but not limited to:

  • Professional artistic background
  • Objectives of participation
  • Connection with Asian cultures or Asian heritage
  • Originality and uniqueness of the applicant’s artistic practice
10. How many winners will there be?

The K11 Artist Prize will recognise approximately five finalists, but only one will emerge as the winner.

11. How will the winner be selected?

The judges will deliberate on, discuss, and vote for the final winner, taking into consideration the above-mentioned judging criteria.

12. When will the result be announced? 

It will be announced in March 2024.