Nissan Art Award 2015

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Vision of Nissan Art Award

The Nissan Art Award is a biennial award presented to an emerging generation of Japanese artists to encourage their career, enhance their presence in the international art world and create a social environment where people familiarize themselves with art culture. The award is to celebrate new expressions in Japanese contemporary art and help provoke debate about visual art by selecting 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.

“Nissan Art Award allowed me to take a big gamble to create larger-scaled installations, which would never have been realized without this great opportunity,” said Ms. Aiko Miyanaga, the Grand Prix recipient of the Nissan Art Award 2013.

About Nissan Art Award 2015

Nissan Art Award 2015 Facts

Organized and Sponsored By
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Directed, Coordinated and Exhibition Curated By
Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
In association with
Camden Arts Centre
Exhibition Supported By
Associate Support By
City of Yokohama
Exhibition Period
Saturday, November 14 – Sunday, December 27
BankART Studio NYK (3-9 Kaigan Dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama)

Artist nomination and first selection

The nomination committee members, who consist of curators, writers and non-profits, will nominate around forty artists in total, living in and out of Japan.
(Late in December 2014).

Five international jury members will select five artists for the award, which will be announced on the official website and press release in early June, 2015.
All candidates must be a passport holder of Japan.

Production and exhibition of new works

The awarded artists will receive a cash award of 1 million yen, produce new works with a provided budget of another one million yen and exhibit in an official exhibition (November, 2015).

Second selection and Award ceremony

The Grand Prix artist is selected by the jury members based on the exhibition in November 2015. Furthermore, the Audience Award will be chosen by the public, and all the winners will be announced and awarded at the ceremony during the exhibition period.

The Award

The five finalists are awarded a prize of 1 million yen each, plus production fee of 1 million yen for making new works and an opportunity to exhibit them at BankART Studio NYK in Yokohama.

The Grand Prix artist is awarded the Trophy and a 1 million-yen prize as per all the finalists and an additional 2 million yen, making for a total of 3 million yen. In addition, the Grand Prix winner will receive the opportunity to live in London for two months in the spring of 2016, in association with the Camden Arts Centre. The total value of the Grand Prix award is 5 million yen.

Camden arts center

Camden arts center

About Camden Arts Centre
Created in 1965, Camden Arts Centre is a place for world-class contemporary art exhibitions and education. With artists at the core of the programme, Camden Arts Centre strives to involve members of the public in the ideas and processes of today's artists, and the artists who inspire them. The year-round programme includes exhibitions, artist residencies, talks and events, school and artists’ projects, courses and off-site activities, ensuring Camden Arts Centre remains a dynamic place for seeing, making and talking about art.



Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033 Japan
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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. 

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Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]

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