Monday 11 April 2016

The shortlisted submissions were announced for the 3rd Lih Pao International Sculpture Biennial Awards, an important event in the sculpture discipline organised by the Lih Pao Cultural Arts Foundation, and co-organised by the British Council. Sixteen shortlisted artists from 10 countries around the world will be competing for the Gold Prize.

On the judging panel were seven jurors from at home and abroad, including Peter Murray, Executive Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Chris Wainwright, Professor and Pro Vice- Chancellor of the University of the Arts London, Miguel Ausili, Professor of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Italy, István Erőss, Associate professor and Head of the Department of Visual Arts, Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, Hungary, Jiang-Guo Sui, Professor of Sculpture at China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Kai-Huang Chen, Dean of Fine Arts College, Taipei National University of the Arts, and Po-Chun Liu, Dean of Fine Arts College, National Taiwan University of Arts. After rigorous deliberation for about a month, the 16 shortlisted artworks are as follows:


1. NO000375-Jason Decaires Taylor <The Rising Tide>

2. NO000376-Strijdom van der Merwe <Contemplating>

3. NO000377-Zac Benson <To Stand for Nothing and Stand Up For No One>

4. NO000394-Anthony Heywood <Pagoda>

5. NO000400-Pilar Aldana Mendez <The Soul of Emptiness>

6. NO000425-Ming-Chin Tung <Empty>

7. NO000452-Petre Virgiliu Mogosanu <Matter in Space>

8. NO000461-So-Dong Choe <Infinity 2150>

9. NO000490-Madaras Péter <Seed-Heart>

10. NO000496-Han-Yuan I < Listening to His Sounds>

11. NO000533-Atsushi Mizutani <Strait >

12. NO000554-Pei-Shan Wu <Qinhuangdao>

13. NO000564-Jo-Yu Kuan <Life>

14. NO000573-Ting-Shian Huang <Cloud Island >

15. NO000611-Yao-Sheng Lee <Wordless Poem - Evolution >

16. NO000672-Carlos Monge Sánchez <Vírgula>

Theme of the 3rd Lih Pao International Sculpture Biennial Awards is Transformation. The Gold Prize will be one million Taiwan Dollars, and the total prize money will be close to five million Taiwan Dollars. The organizer received 228 submissions from 34 countries around the world. Shortlisted artists to enter into semi-final come from ten countries, including Taiwan, Japan, China, Korea, UK, USA, Spain, Mexico, Romania and South Africa. 

Lih Pao Cultural Arts Foundation will open a tour exhibition at the Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park on Thursday, August 4, 2016, for the Biennial Awards this year. The shortlisted works will be reviewed and deliberated at the exhibition location, and the Gold, Silver, Bronze Prize and other winners will be announced on this day when the tours opens. 



Organiser: Lih Pao Cultural Arts Foundation 

Co-organiser: British Council

Consulting Organisations: Cultural Affairs Department of New Taipei City Government,     Bureau of Cultural Affairs of Kaohsiung City Government

Academic partners: Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, University of the Arts London, Department of Sculpture of National Taiwan University of Arts, School of Fine Arts of Taipei National University, Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, Hungary

Venue Support: The Pier-2 Art Center in Kaohsiung

Media Support: Pilot Media, Artemperor, Chief Global Advertising

Sponsors: Lih Pao Group, Fullon Hotels and Resorts, Lih Pao Land 

Notes to Editor

About Lih Pao Cultural Arts Foundation

Lih Pao Cultural Arts Foundation (The Foundation) was founded in 2003 and has been established by Lih Pao Group. It is dedicated to the promotion of activities in architecture, education, arts, community building and charity with the objectives to promote art exhibitions, to encourage development of local cultures and to introduce them to the world. Through exchange of arts and partnership on arts projects, the Foundation made a contribution to the prospect of Taiwan's culture and arts.

The Lih Pao International Sculpture Biennial Awards is a global event organised every two years; it is Taiwan's first large-scale sculpture competition calling for entries to all artists worldwide. This year marks the 3rd Biennial Awards since the First Biennial Awards in 2011. The numbers of entries collected, the amount of incentives offered and the number of exhibition tours organised have all been expanded this time. The Foundation has also committed to more sophisticated competition rules and increased the profile of the Awards to encourage more artworks from both seasoned and emerging artists. Moreover, the Awards is a platform for young emerging artists to showcase their talents and an opportunity for international exchanges, and also to help Taiwan develop new values for local arts and culture.

Fulfilling corporate social responsibility, Lih Pao Group continues to encourage the incorporation of aesthetics into everyday life and to promote creativity in sculpture making. The Awards this year will be a focal point of the best sculptures in the world. It is hoped that the exhibitions will bring arts closer to people and make arts part of everyday life. 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. In Taiwan, we have been doing this since 1996, giving people opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.