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Global Eye Award

Established in 2008 by David and Serenella Ciclitira, the Global Eye Programme is an initiative that nurtures artistic talent. The programme aims to develop arts infrastructure in territories where this is lacking, in order to provide artists with the platforms, support and recognition they need to develop their careers. It works to build networks and opportunities for artists and galleries through strategic partnerships and a variety of platforms.

Previous projects from the Eye Programme include Korean Eye (2009 to 2012), Indonesian Eye (2011), Hong Kong Eye (2013) Malaysian Eye (2014), Singapore Eye (2015), Thailand Eye presented by Prudential (2015), AIA Vietnam Eye (2016) and Korean Eye 2020 (2020) a series of international touring exhibitions and publications providing emerging artists with opportunities to showcase their work.

In January 2014, the Global Eye Programme launched the Prudential Eye Awards in Singapore, honouring the accomplishments of emerging artists throughout greater Asia and launching a creative education programme with the British Council. The second edition of the Prudential Eye Awards was held in Singapore on 20 January 2015, at Marina Bay Sands and the Japanese collective Chim↑Pom were awarded the Overall Best Emerging Artist prize, winning USD$50,000 and a solo show at Saatchi Gallery, London. 

The Prudential Eye Awards returned in 2016, featuring 15 artists who an eminent panel of Judges believe have the potential to go on and develop significant careers on the international art world stage.The awards ceremony was held at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, on 19 January 2016. A public exhibition of works by the shortlisted artists ran at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands between 16 January and 27 March 2016. Sareth Svay from Cambodia won The Overall Best Emerging Artist award as well as the Best Emerging Artist using Sculpture award. 

AIA Vietnam Eye, the 8th project in the Eye exhibition series, featured a two-month exhibition in Hanoi from 14 November 2016 to 13 January 2017.

Two satellite exhibitions, curated by artist-curator Tran Luong, were staged at “Nest by AIA” in Hanoi. Artist Ha Tri Hieu was featured in the first satellite exhibition held on 19 November to 11 December 2016, and artist Nguyen The Hung was featured in the second satellite exhibition held on 17 December 2016 to 8 January 2017. AIA Vietnam Eye travelled to START 2017 at Saatchi Gallery, in September 2017.

Korean Eye 2020 presented by Hana Bank marked the Global Eye Programme's 10th anniversary.

The exhibition Creativity and Daydream launched digitally, due to the global pandemic Covid-19 at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg in March 2020, the virtual opening was live streamed and attracted more than 5000 live attendees, 40,000 people from all over the globe have virtually visited the exhibition which was extended by more than two months to allow the Hermitage and the exhibition to open to physical visitors. In late September until 25 October 2020 the exhibition was expanded to include additional artists and travelled to London’s Saatchi Gallery, where it was installed at START Art Fair.

Ahead of the London leg of the exhibition tour K-pop musician and artist Mino of band WINNER became the exhibition’s Ambassador, five of his original artworks were included in the expanded presentation to great acclaim. The final Seoul homecoming will open in summer 2021. The accompanying book published by SKIRA featuring 75 artists launched on 21 October at Saatchi during START Art Fair, the opening ceremony and book launch was presided over and attended by HE Enna Park, Republic of Korea Ambassador to the United Kingdom and HE Andrei Kelin, Russian Federation Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

In 2020 The Global Eye Award returned with a grand prize of a solo booth at the 2021 START Art Fair in London on offer. The judges chose South African photographer Chris Fallows as the winner.

Fallows’ work represents authenticity, intimacy and emotion. The engaging manner in which he photographs his wild subjects bears testimony to the decades he has spent in some of the world’s remotest regions uniquely working in all three realms of Ocean, Air and Earth.

Fallows’ work has appeared in more than 60 international documentaries with the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel.

In December BBC Culture’s Kelly Grovier picked Chris Fallows’ photograph of a breaching great white shark as one of the iconic images of 2020.

Chris Fallows - Air Jaws

The Global Eye Awards will return in 2021.

Details of how to enter will be published on this page when available. 

START Global Eye Competition Terms and Conditions:
1. The promoter is: Parallel Contemporary Art Ltd., (“PCA”), a company registered in England (No.7285923) whose registered office is at 3 Park Court, Pyford Road, West Byfleet, KT14 6ST.
2. The competition is open to participants aged 18 years or over except employees of PCA and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition. Void where prohibited.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via [http://startnet.com/eyeaward.html]. By entering this competition you give PCA the right to use the image of your artwork for promotional and marketing purposes across its platforms and related entities.
6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified. By entering you are asserting that you are the original creator of the original artwork and submitted image of the same and that no other party has claim or ownership to it.
7. Closing date for entry will be 23:59 BST Friday 23rd October. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows: Entrants are invited to email one single artwork image of their own solo creation with title, medium, dimensions and date of creation to m.ngo@parallelcontemporaryart.com. An award committee will consider entries submitted by the closing date and choose one piece as the winner.
10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
11. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
12. The prize is as follows: A Solo Booth at STARTnet 2021, including artist’s economy class return travel and agreed shipping expenses. Entrants will be responsible for any necessary visas, permits or other entry requirements to the UK.
13. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
14. Winners will be chosen from all entries received and verified by Promoter and or its agents.
15. The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
16. The promoter will notify the winner with the location and dates of STARTnet 2021. The promoter reserves the right to change the date and location of STARTnet 2021 at their discretion.
17. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
20. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: contact@startnet.com.
21. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to PCA and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the Privacy Policy found at the foot of this page.
22. PCA shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
23. PCA also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.
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