The Asian Art Award supported by Warehouse TERRADA is a contemporary art award established to provide assistance for emerging artists in Japan with exciting international prospects in Asia and beyond. The winner is selected through a two-stage process. A panel of five curators first put forward five artists each to make a shortlist of 20 candidates. The four finalists chosen from these will create new work or the equivalent, which will be exhibited at TERRADA ART COMPLEX in March 2018. During the exhibition, a jury of six international art world figures will decide the recipients of the Grand Prize and Special Award. In addition to the prize money, the Grand Prize winner will receive the use of a studio, and opportunities to exhibit their winning work in Shanghai and at Art Fair Tokyo 2019. As such, the award aspires to form a sustainable framework for building a comprehensive infrastructure of production, evaluation, circulation, and storage that can contribute to the Asian art world in ways that transcend nationality.

Asian Art Award 2018 supported by Warehouse TERRADA Art Tokyo Association Warehouse TERRADA TERRADA ART ASSIST Co., Ltd.
eplus inc. Agency for Cultural Affairs Grand Prize: 1,000,000 JPYAward-winning work exhibited in Shanghai and at Art Fair Tokyo

Art studio space rental for 6-12 months (TBC)*

Special Award: Art studio space rental for 6-12 months (TBC)*
March 2018: TERRADA ART COMPLEX 4F (Tokyo): Finalists (4 artists) November 2018: Venue TBC (Shanghai): Grand Prize winner (1 artist) March 2018: Art Fair Tokyo 2019 (Tokyo): Grand Prize winner (1 artist)
Title: Asian Art Award 2018 supported by Warehouse TERRADA Finalists Exhibition Dates: March 3rd (Sat.) – 18th (Sun.), 2018 Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 1pm – 7pmSaturday & Sunday 12pm – 8pm

The exhibition will be closed to the public March 7th for the final judging session.

Venue: TERRADA ART COMPLEX 4F1-33-10 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

Admission Free

Art Tokyo Association aspires to develop the direction of art and the art market as well as the overall cultural potential of Japan globally through such activities as organizing Art Fair Tokyo, the largest international art fair in Japan, and conducting surveys of the art industry and market in Japan.

This award provides opportunities for young artists with international prospects to produce new work and exhibit in Japan and overseas. It is realized in cooperation with corporations and organizations who can enhance the value of artists and their art, from exhibiting to assessment, publicizing, circulation, and storage. In addition to these sponsors and partners, it also features leading art world figures as members of the shortlist and selection juries.

I hope that this award can be harnessed as a platform offering new challenges for artists with their sights set on the world stage, and can contribute to publicizing their talent further, and that the award itself continues to evolve through the generous support of all the organizers and our visitors.

Representative, Art Tokyo Association

Warehouse TERRADA, beyond the traditional warehousing, is striving to develop a business to create a hub to output the new culture by making a full use of our knowledge as a professional in space creation. As for Art, with the philosophy of bridging cultures to the next century, we are offering services extending from the traditional concept of storage to preservation and restoration.

Being the second year of the Asian Art Award supported by Warehouse TERRADA, this year the award will take place concurrently with Art Fair Tokyo 2018. As with last year, Warehouse TERRADA will offer the award winner with a studio space for making new work and opportunities to have exhibition in Tokyo and Shanghai. Through this, we expect that the award would serve as an opportunity for more people to come into contact with art. In partnership with our affiliate, TERRADA ART ASSIST, we will continue to actively support artists.

We hope that the award will be a catalyst for culturing new talent locally as well as internationally and help revitalize the Japanese Art scene.

Chief Executive Officer, Warehouse TERRADA

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games draw closer, it is increasingly important to disseminate the appeal of Japanese arts and culture.

Established in order to create a platform for young artists based in Japan to work globally, this award is a completely new kind of initiative that not only honors artists but also supports ways to spread their work internationally in partnership with an art fair and the art market. As such, it directly connects to the growth of the domestic art market, which is expected to play a central role in the “profitable culture” on which the Government places great importance today.

Now in its second edition, I hope that this award continues growing beyond 2020 as a steppingstone for young artists and, with Japan as a hub for international cultural dissemination, helps to improve mutual understanding between nations as well as our global status.

Commissioner for Cultural Affairs