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Australian artist declared overall winner of inaugural Prudential Eye Awards

Published on Jan 18, 2014 11:12 PM
 
Australian artist Ben Quilty was all smiles, after being declared the overall winner of the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards on Saturday night. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Australian artist Ben Quilty was all smiles, after being declared the overall winner of the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards on Saturday night.

He was one of 20 artists from 28 countries shortlisted for the awards, meant to honour emerging contemporary artists across greater Asia and the Pacific.

The awards ceremony at Suntec City, which capped the Singapore Art Week of blockbuster art events, was attended by notables such as dissident Russian music/art collective Pussy Riot and leading contemporary Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong. Pussy Riot was nominated in the digital/video category of the awards but did not win, while Mr Liu received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Art.

The awards are founded by British-Italian art lovers David and Serenella Ciclitira, in partnership with insurance firm Prudential and London's prestigious Saatchi Gallery.

 
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