THE 2016 EXHIBITION:
The 30 shortlisted Utopian artworks were shown at the Embassy of Brazil (in the ‘Sala Brasil’ gallery space) from 16 November – 8 December 2016. For images of the exhibition, please visit this facebook link.
We were proud of the high caliber of the artwork submitted and selected for this inaugural edition of the award. Our Jury (with input from Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, Monocle Magazine and world-renowned arts specialists) judged the final selection and awarded prizes and commendations to three outstanding visual artists: Ting Tong Chang (1st prize), Gwil Hughes (2nd prize) and Marcelo Deguchi da Silva (Special Commendation). Omar Castañeda received the People’s Choice Award, having impressed members of the visiting public.
Our thanks go to all artists who submitted for the competition.
Sala Brasil, the former ticket hall for the Oceanic Steamship Company, where it is said tickets for the Titanic were sold, has been the jewel in the crown of the Embassy of Brazil in London ever since its premises moved to Cockspur Street in 2012. Located on the ground floor of the Embassy with an open plan area of approximately 250m² and a mezzanine of approximately 60m², this Grade II listed historical hall is decorated with frescos and ornamentation which reveal its ties with shipping and international trade. It is the main venue for a variety of Brazil-related cultural events organized by the Embassy. Spatially suitable for an ambitious cultural programme, the hall hosts a series of attractions, from art exhibitions to concerts, in an effort to give the public an opportunity to experience the quality and diversity of Brazilian culture.