The VIA Arts Prize 2017

The “Ibero-American Arts Award” will be evolving, this year, into the “VIA Arts Prize”.

The new name is designed to better reflect our mission. In all three official languages of the competition, “via” conveys a sense of travel, of establishing pathways and communication links, of being on the threshold, of “throughness” and liminality. All of these ideas encapsulate the ethos of the endeavour, which is to celebrate the coming together of Ibero-American cultures in London, arguably at the centre of the world’s artistic and communication networks, with its rich migrant population and even richer arts scene.

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Prizewinners Announcement

7 December 2016 – This Wednesday, a brunch reception and Closing Ceremony were held to celebrate the end of the 2016 exhibition of the Ibero-American Arts Award. We are pleased to include a slideshow of photos from the event, by Noela Roibas, below.

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We were honoured by the presence of our esteemed Jury members, as well as Ambassadors from Ibero-American nations and, most importantly, our finalists. José María Cano, the world-renowned visual artist and formerly the principal composer for Spanish pop-rock band Mecano, delivered the verdict on behalf of the Jury. The prizewinners are as follows:

Jury’s First Prize:  Ting Tong Chang – ‘P’eng’s Journey to the Southern Darkness’

Jury’s Second Prize:  Gwil Hughes – ‘Family Sized Packet’

Jury’s Special Commendation:  Marcelo Deguchi da Silva – ‘Worldviews’

People’s Choice Award:  Omar Castañeda – ‘Beyond the Myth’

We would like to thank all of our finalists for making our inaugural year such a memorable and fruitful one, and in particular we would like to congratulate our prizewinners on their successes.

We are looking forward with great excitement to hosting this year’s First Prize winner, Ting Tong Chang, for a solo exhibition here at the Embassy of Brazil in the near future.

First ever Ibero-American Arts Award exhibition opens!

On 15 November, the first ever Ibero-American Arts Award exhibition opened, to great acclaim. The Private View was attended by our 5 renowned Jury members, many gallery owners, curators, arts enthusiasts, diplomats and of course the artists themselves, with everyone coming together to celebrate their talents.

The 30 outstanding shortlisted artworks on the theme of ‘Utopias’ are now on display at the Sala Brasil (Embassy of Brazil, 14-16 Cockspur Street, London, SW1Y 5BL) until 8 December.

Opening times are Monday-Friday 11am-6pm
(Exceptionally also open on a Saturday on 3rd December, 11am-6pm).

Our heartfelt thanks to everybody who was involved in putting the exhibition together, and especially to the 30 finalists, for giving us a window onto their Utopian worlds – the view is magnificent!

(Photos of opening night by Noela Roibas)