The 15 finalists represent 13 countries and territories including Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, India, Bangladesh and Taiwan. (For further information on the finalist artworks, please refer to Annex A)
Selecting this year's Finalists is a judging panel comprising Chris Saines, Director of Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art; Feng Boyi, eminent independent art curator and critic of Chinese contemporary art; Luckana Kunavichayanont, Director of Bangkok Art and Culture Center; Pooja Sood, Director of KHOJ International Artists' Association; and Dr. Susie Lingham, Director of Singapore Art Museum.
A statement from the jury panel stated, "We're excited to be presenting the finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. Narrowing the choice from over 100 works to the final 15 involved a rigorous selection process and intensive discussions- testament to the high caliber of entries that were refined, rich and diverse."
The statement added, "Overall, the 15 works selected offer a glimpse of the future of our region's rich and constantly evolving contemporary art scene. The finalist works stood out for their strength of concept and execution and despite stemming from such diverse contexts, histories and cultural backgrounds, cleverly explored similar issues of identity, immigration, urban expansion, depletion of natural resources, fading of old values, cultural diversity and more."
The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is worth $100,000 with $60,000 awarded to the Grand Prize winner and $15,000 each for two Jurors' Choice Award winners. A People's Choice Award of $10,000 will also be offered to the artwork that receives the highest number of public votes via on-site and online submissions (voting opens from 14 November 2014).
The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Exhibition will take place at SAM from 14 November 2014 to 15 March 2015 with the winners announced at an awards ceremony on 22 January 2015.