VIA Arts Prize

The VIA Arts Prize 2019 Exhibition is now open!

The exhibition will take place in the Sala Brasil of the Embassy of Brazil  in London, (14-16 Cockspur Street, SW1Y 5BL), 13th November – 11th December, Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm.
Please note that the exhibition will be closed on 25, 26 and 27 November.

30 selected artworks from this year’s Call for Entries are on display alongside 2018 VIA Arts Prize winner Hugo Brazão’s solo exhibition ‘Best Foot Backward’.

The VIA Arts Prize is the UK’s only Ibero-American themed visual arts competition, inviting artists to submit original works inspired by Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese arts and cultures. It is organised by ACALASP (the Association of Cultural Attachés of Latin America, Spain and Portugal) and supported by People’s Palace Projects and Instituto Cervantes.


The 2019 winner of the VIA Arts Prize is Antonio Társis, with his multicoloured collage entitled ‘Coloured Export’ which uses remnants of fruit boxes collected from London street markets in Dalston, Whitechapel and Peckham. The Brazilian artist extracts fragments, colours and information printed on banana, orange, mango and lemon fruit boxes to develop abstract and minimalist compositions using a paper collage technique. The boxes arrive in London in large containers and ships, exported from countries including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras and Venezuela. Although created as collage, the artist refers to painting and the possibilities offered by colour, using the painterly aspect to address topical issues.

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The second prize is awarded to Alexandre Canonico for his sculpture ‘3 Stops, White Board and Strap’. The work enters into a dialogue with the legacy of constructive art in Brazil that characterises Concrete and Neoconcrete art, with which it shares geometric abstraction, form and an apparent suppression of narrative content. The work is created from readymade industrial materials, while Concrete and Neoconcrete artists, although influenced by the surge of industrialisation of the 1940s and 1950s, worked with traditional mediums such as painting and sculpture.

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‘Viver’ by Estabrak was named the jury’s special commendation. The photographs are from her body of work Brazilians Under Water. The artist aims to make visible hidden and submerged cultural discourses via the physical matter of water. Brazilian currents are often moody, with waters vastly changing from region to region. The artist’s work explores the relationship between the body and oneself, poking at questions relevant to our existence, and are often fueled by the concepts of existing in places in which humans cannot exist in for long periods of time.

This year’s 30 selected artists are:

Alejandro Pascual                        John Forster
Alexandre Canonico                   José Oliva
Alexi Marshall                                Kevin Chester
Andreia Afonso                             Leo Cullen and Maria Cardenas
Andrew Prior                                 Linda Zagidulina
Antonio Társis                               Luciana Bohm
Audrey Roger                                Lucia Pizzani 
Carlos Cortes                                Patricia Tavares
Claudia Legge                               Rachael & Simon
Estabrak                                          Sara Lopes
Federico Redin                             Silvia Lerin
Francisco Garcia                          Susana Uvidia
Frederick Clark                             Teresa Boulting
Giselle Jones                                 Thais Rocha
Hugo Lami                                      Yann Brien

You can vote in situ for your favourite artist in the People’s Choice Award. Results will be announced on the final week of the exhibition.

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