The VIA Arts Prize is the UK’s only Ibero-American-themed arts prize. Artists of any nationality residing in the UK are invited to submit an original artwork specifically inspired by Ibero-American arts and culture. VIA is hosted annually at the Embassy of Brazil in London, in partnership with ACALASP (the Association of Cultural Attachés of Latin America, Spain and Portugal), supported by Instituto Cervantes and People’s Palace Projects, and sponsored by Itaú.
As a response to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 outbreak, the 2020 edition of the VIA Arts Prize will take on a special format. The 30 shortlisted works will be exhibited online at the VIA Arts Prize official website from November 2020. As the social distancing measures brought on by the pandemic are set to continue for some time within the creative industries, VIA organisers have therefore decided to adapt this year’s awards, taking this as an opportunity to support more artists and reach wider audiences during these challenging circumstances. Three cash prizes of £2,000, generously provided by Itaú, will be awarded to the jury committee’s first, second and third choices. A cash prize of £1,000 will also be granted to the winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ (to be determined by the public via an online voting system). The four winners of the 2020 VIA Arts Prize will also be awarded a joint exhibition in the Embassy of Brazil’s Sala Brasil in 2021 alongside the 2019 winner’s show (dates to be confirmed).