Nissan Art Award 2015

Vision of Nissan Art Award

The Nissan Art Award is a biennial award presented to the emerging generation of Japanese artists to further their careers, enhance their presence in the international art world and create a social environment where people familiarize themselves with art. The award is intended to celebrate new developments in Japanese contemporary art and help provoke debate about visual art by promoting creative emerging artists. Through a prolonged commitment, the award can contribute towards outlining a history of Japanese contemporary art and artists, focusing particularly on their activities in the past two years. As a continuation of the award, Nissan Motor Corporation also adds the works of art to its collection for exhibiting internally and externally with the aim of providing a point of reference on Japanese contemporary art in the international art scene.

Not only the Grand Prix winners, for all of the previous two editions’ finalists the award has served as a steppingstone to appearances at major art festivals, exhibitions and fairs around the world as well as influential art publications. For example, one of the 2015 finalists, Takahiro Iwasaki, was selected to represent Japan at this May’s Venice Biennale, known as the Olympic Games of contemporary art.

About Nissan Art Award 2017

Nissan Art Award 2017 Facts

Organized and Sponsored by
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Directed, Coordinated and Exhibition Curated by
Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]

Exhibition Overview

Nissan Art Award 2017 Exhibition
Exhibition Period
Saturday, September 16 – Sunday, November 5, 2017
Closed: every second and fourth Thursday.
BankART Studio NYK 2F, 3-9 Kaigan Dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Exhibition Support by

Artist Nominations and First Selection

At the end of December 2016, a panel of ten nominators each selected three candidate artists.
Comprising curators, researchers and members of non-profit art organizations, the varied panel members have followed the careers of Japanese artists in a global context. Five international jury members will then select a shortlist of five finalists for the award, which will be announced through the official website and a press release in early June 2017. All candidates must be Japanese passport-holders.

Production and Exhibition of New Works

The five finalists will each receive prize money of one million JPY as well as a further one million JPY to pay for the production of new works of art, which are included in an exhibition of the finalists’ work in September 2017.

Final Selection and Award Ceremony

An international jury is responsible for the final screening of the exhibits and the winner of the Grand Prix will be announced at an award ceremony. Visitors to the exhibition are able to vote for the Audience Award, which is announced at an award ceremony held during the exhibition period.


Finalists: 1 million JPY
Grand Prix: A total value of 5 million JPY (including comprising finalist prize money and additional 2 million JPY as well as a 2-3-month overseas residency program in New York with expert counseling and subsidy for travel, living and research costs) + Trophy



Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
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About Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
AIT was begun in 2001, with the idea that Tokyo lacked spaces in which to think about, learn and discuss art at the time. We aim to create a new alternative platform where artists, curators, critics, collectors, students, and a larger audience can access contemporary art through a range of programs and events in Tokyo and beyond. 

Press Inquiries

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Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]

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