Samdani Art Award is the most prestigious art award in Bangladesh. This Bi-Annual award is intended for the emerging and talented artists of Bangladesh within the age range of 20-40.
The Samdani Art Award aims to support, promote and highlight the emerging contemporary artists of Bangladesh.
In 2012, the winners of the Samdani Art Award were Khaled Hasan and Musrat Reazi.
Samdani Art Award is honored to be partnering with Delfina Foundation from 2013 onwards. By offering a three-month residency with Delfina Foundation in London, the Samdani Art Award will further extend the exposure and profile of Bangladeshi contemporary art at large, while also supporting the professional development of the individual recipient. At Delfina Foundation, a residency can be a career-defining moment for an artist to develop their ideas, sharpen their practice and widen their networks.
Delfina Foundation has partnered with leading institutions such as the Townhouse Gallery, Tate, Ashkal Alwan, Art Dubai, Frieze Projects, the Chisenhale Gallery, Videobrasil, Creative India Foundation, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, to name a few. Samdani Art Foundation is now excited to join forces with Delfina Foundation to offer this important opportunity and to help build the next generation of contemporary artists in Bangladesh.
Delfina Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange and developing creative practice through residencies, partnerships and public programming, with a special focus on international collaborations with the greater Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. In 2014, Delfina Foundation will expand into London’s largest international residency programme. All the participating artists will be selected through a nomination process and an international jury panel will decide the winning artist. The Jury Panel for the Samdani Art Award will be chaired by Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation.
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