The Asian Art Award supported by Warehouse TERRADA is a new contemporary art award established to provide assistance for emerging artists in Japan with exciting international prospects in Asia and beyond. The award has five finalists, selected by a panel of five curators, competing for two prizes. These finalists have created new work, which is shown at the award exhibition. A jury of seven leading art world figures will then decide the winners of the Grand Prize and Special Award. In addition to prize money, the winner of the Grand Prize will receive the use of a studio space to create new work as well as the opportunity to show their award-winning exhibit in Singapore and at ART FAIR TOKYO. In this way, the award aspires to form a sustainable framework for building a contemporary art scene in Asia from the perspectives of production, criticism, distribution, preservation, and support.

Asian Art Award 2017 supported by Warehouse TERRADA Art Tokyo Association Warehouse TERRADA TERRADA ART ASSIST Co., Ltd. Agency for Cultural Affairs Grand Prize: 1,000,000 JPYAward-winning work exhibited in Singapore and TokyoArt studio space rental (TAC ART STUDIO) for 6-12 months Special Award: Art studio space rental (TAC ART STUDIO) for 6-12 months Akihiko Taniguchi, Tomona Matsukawa, Takayuki Yamamoto, Chikako Yamashiro, and contact Gonzo
Exhibition in September – October 2017 Title: Asian Art Award 2017 supported by Warehouse TERRADA Finalists Exhibition Dates: September 23 (Sat.) – October 29 (Sun.), 2017Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday 11am – 6pmFriday & Saturday 12pm – 8pmClosed on Monday

September 27 (Wed.) 1pm – 7:30pm

1-33-10 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo Admission FreeExhibition in January 2018Award-winning work will be exhibited in Singapore (Dates & Venue TBC)Exhibition in March 2018

Award-winning work will be exhibited at Art Fair Tokyo 2018 [9th – 11th March, Tokyo International Forum]

This award will provide an opportunity for young artists with international prospects to produce new work and exhibit overseas.

Every year Art Tokyo Association organizes ART FAIR TOKYO, which is the largest art platform in Japan, and as such possesses rich experience and networks. This award also brings together organizations as sponsors and supporters who boast the abilities to enhance the value of artists and their art from when their work is created to its exhibition, circulation and storage.

The selected artists will continue their activities as they head toward 2020 and the future. Alongside the new talent, this award will aspire to grow while building connections with the Asian and global art scenes.

Representative, Art Tokyo Association

Warehouse TERRADA transcends the parameters of a conventional storage business to harness its know-how of space and develop projects as a cultural hub. Especially art projects, which started from the idea of preserving art for 100 years in order to surround the world with art and create a culturally enriched lifestyle a century from now. Going beyond just artwork storage, we aim to support this connection to a 100-year culture through storage and restoration.

This award discovers young artists who are making new endeavors in their artworks and offers them various kinds of support. By supplying a space for the winner to work as well as partnering with TERRADA ART ASSIST Co., Ltd. (former Helutrans-Terrada Co., Ltd.), which was co-founded by Warehouse TERRADA and Helu-Trans (S) Pte Ltd, the largest art transport and storage company in Singapore and with bases all over Asia, the award will assist in overseas development by holding exhibitions in Tokyo and Singapore.

I hope that the award can revitalize the Japanese art scene and help transform art in Japan into an indispensable hub for artists in Asia.

Chief Executive Officer, Warehouse TERRADA

Culture is not mere decoration for our lives but an indispensable foundation of society. In order to create ways for people to come into contact with art in their daily lives as well as provide more opportunities for the work of tireless young artists to be viewed, the Agency for Cultural Affairs has started to use its facilities as an exhibition space.

Alongside opportunities to view art, it is also important to support ways to honor artists with international prospects and disseminate their work both in Japan and overseas. This award not only offers this support but is also a completely new kind of initiative partnering with an art fair and the art market. As such, it can directly connect to the growth of the domestic market, which plays a central role in the “profitable culture” that the Government currently considers of great importance.

I have great hopes for this award to function as a steppingstone for young artists and connect to the expansion of the art market and further promotion of art and culture in Japan.

Commissioner for Cultural Affairs