It’s our pleasure to announce you the shortlist for the 2015 Han Nefkens/BACC Asian Contemporary Art Award.  Artists from very different countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Cambodia, India, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam were selected by our international scouts.

We would like to thank all the participants personally for their enthusiasm and their participation. For this edition we got very interesting proposals,  so it was reallly hard to make a final selection.


Lee Hyein – South Korea

Hsu Chia Wei – Taiwan

Syagini Ratna Wulan – Indonesia

Khvay Samnang – Cambodia

Anup Mathew Thomas – India

Jung yoonsuk – South Korea

Jungjiu An – South Korea

Lugpliw Junpudsa  – Thailand

Nguyen Trinh Tih – Vietnam

The jury meeting will take place in Bangkok on the 8th of January 2015, with an international jury composed as follows:

Mr. Han Nefkens (Barcelona)

Ms. Luckana Kunavichayanont Director BACC (Bangkok)

Ms. Hilde Teerlinck, President of the HN Foundation (France)

Ms. Ute Meta Bauer, Director Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore – Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Mr. Yongwoo Lee, President of the International Biennial Association IBA  (South Korea)

Mr.  Bose  Krishnamachari, President of the Kochi Biennale Foundation  (India)

The aim of this award is to help the career of a promising artist from Asia who has arrived at a groundbreaking, crucial point of his career. The winner has to fulfill one basic requirement : his/her work should show a maturity that is not often found in artists of the same generation.

The Award consists of a residency in Bangkok and the financing of both the production of new work, an exhibition at the BACC Cultural Art Centre and the production of a catalogue.

The Han Nefkens Foundation uses the following procedure for his grants and awards, scholarships and commissions : the selection is made by a worldwide network of scouts (artists, curators, art-critics). Each scout can present up to three candidates, of which an international jury selects finally one.

Through this system we have established a global circuit of artists, curators, critics, designers, writers and people connected with art institutions, museums and universities. This network not only enables us to choose outstanding candidates but also provides us with a platform through which we can show the works of the artists supported by the Han Nefkens Foundation.

The finalist of the first Han Nekfens Foundation/ BACC Asian Art Award was the Chinese artist Zhou Tao. His work was chosen unanimously by an international jury from a shortlist of eight candidates. Mr. Nefkens stated “the jury members were impressed by the poetic way in which Zhou Tao gives form to his keen observations. How he tells a story through his esthetically pleasing images while at the same time challenging the imagination of the spectator”.

We will inform about the new winner as soon as we get the final result from the international jury.