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 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.
The VIA Arts Prize 2019 Selected Artists’ Exhibition has come to an end.
30 selected artworks from the 2019 Call for Entries were on display alongside 2018 VIA Arts Prize winner Hugo Brazão’s solo exhibition ‘Best Foot Backward’ at the Embassy of Brazil in London, between 14th November and 11th December.
This year’s 30 selected artists were
Alejandro Pascual John Forster
Alexandre Canonico José Oliva
Alexi Marshall Kevin Chester
Andreia Afonso Leo Cullen and Maria Cardenas
Andrew Prior Linda Zagidulina
Antonio Tarsis 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
The 2019 winner of the VIA Arts Prize was Antonio Tarsis, with his multicoloured collage ‘Coloured Exports’.
The second prize winner was Alexandre Canonico with his sculpture ‘3 Stops, White Board and Strap’.
The jury’s special commendation went to Estabrak for her photograph ‘Viver’.
Please see the press release for further information.
The Prize is generously sponsored by Itaú, and the 1st and 2nd prize winners receive £5,000 and £2,000 respectively. The prize winners were chosen by a prestigious jury panel:
- Andrea Harari, Director of jaggedart
- Fernando Casasempere, sculptor
- Frances Reynolds, Patron of Arts
- James Nicholls, Chairman of Maddox Gallery Group
- Dr Sarah Demelo, Art Historian Curator of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America
- Sofia Fan, Manager of Visual Arts at Itaú Cultural
- Vanessa Carlos, Director of the Carlos/Ishikawa Gallery
This year’s winner of the People’s Choice Award was José García Oliva.