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Soho House Announce Inaugural Art Prize

The prize winner will receive the funds to realise and present a major solo showcase at Soho Beach House Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2020.

Created by Soho House and supported by Bombay Sapphire, Soho House Art Prize, a new global contemporary award, is now open for applications.

Open to international artists, the Soho House Art Prize invites submissions for a wall-based exhibition within Miami Beach House and an outdoor installation in the grounds to be presented during Art Basel Miami Beach 2020. The winner will receive funds to create the final artworks, all travel and accommodation costs, an EVERY HOUSE Soho House membership, and money-can’t-buy exposure to the judges and other key art world figures.

Kate Bryan, Soho House head of collections, has brought together a highly respected international judging panel which includes Maria Balshaw, the director of Tate, and Hebru Brantley, artist and Bombay Sapphire creator. She says of the award, “This prize is about sustained engagement over several months; it’s not simply about the money, we want to make sure we are actively working with the artist to help build something special and create a real platform and legacy.”

Work from the winning artist’s exhibition will also enter the permanent Soho House art collection. One of the largest of its kind, it consists of over 5,000 works on display in Soho House venues across the world. As an integral part of Soho House’s identity, the collection plays a key role in how it engages with the creative community and features work by artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Yinka Shonibare, Nan Goldin, Tacita Dean, George Condo, Jenny Holzer, and Ed Ruscha, alongside younger and more emerging local talent. Soho House founder Nick Jones said, “Art makes our Houses come alive and we value the art communities that are local to our Houses. This prize is designed to take an artist with a great idea on a journey and help them bring their vision to life. I cannot wait to see what they come up with.” 

Applications are open until 28 July, with the winner to be announced on 10 August. For further information, visit www.sohohouse.com/projects/soho-house-art-prize.

Image: Little Beach House Malibu Launch © Soho House

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