Glenfiddich unveils Emerging Artist of the Year award

Over 2,500 works by 500 artists were included for this year’s contest, out of which five finalists were shortlisted by a 9-member jury, comprising of leading artists, curators and collectors.

Apr 22, 2013 12:04 IST India Infoline News Service

The biggest art award in India is back. The second edition of the ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ was held at Gallery Nature Morte, The Oberoi, Gurgaon on 12th April, 2013.


The award is brought together by Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky in partnership with Bestcollegeart.com, India's most reputed online art gallery dedicated to supporting and nurturing young contemporary artists. The awardee, Yubvan Bothisathuvar shall be the India representative artist for 2013 at the globally acclaimed Glenfiddich Artists in Residence (AiR), a programme which has hosted over eighty artists from around the world to visit Dufftown, home to the Glenfiddich distillery, to be inspired to create varied artistic expressions ranging from installations, canvasses, poetry to films and photographs which are then showcased in leading markets across the world. 


The award of total value INR 10,00,000 which comprises of INR 1,00,000 as cash reward, three months  residency at Scotland with a monthly stipend, materials allowance, travel, accommodation and finally,  a solo show at Nature Morte in 2014 was given to the winner, Yubvan Bothisathuvar.


Over 2,500 works by 500 artists were included for this year’s contest, out of which five finalists were shortlisted by a 9-member jury, comprising of leading artists, curators and collectors. All five finalists showcased their works at an exclusive preview, ‘Five for the Future’ at Gallery Nature Morte, The Oberoi, Gurgaon on 12th April, 2013.


Last year’s winner of the ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ was textile artist, Juhikadevi Bhanjdeo from Chhattisgarh, India. She participated in Glenfiddich’s 11th annual Artists in Residence programme in 2012 at The Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, along with seven other artists from across the globe.


Kapil Chopra, President, The Oberoi Group & Mentor, Bestcollegeart.com, said,“ We are pleased to host the second edition of the Emerging Artist of the Year award. This is the most important initiative for the growth of Indian contemporary art. The award not only seeks out the next generation of artists but also nurtures and supports emerging talent. The Oberoi Group believes in showcasing the best of Indian art, culture, design and hospitality to the world and this partnership reiterates our commitment towards that goal.”


Rajiv Bhatia, Director, William Grant & Sons, India Sub-continent, said, “Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky has been an active initiator of art programmes since 2002 with the launch of its globally recognized forum - Glenfiddich Artists in Residence. With the Emerging Artist of the Year award being launched last year exclusively in India, Glenfiddich has taken yet another pioneering step to actively support young artists of this country- an initiative we hope leads the way for many more to come in the future.”


Andy Fairgrieve, Coordinator, Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Programme, commented, “The essence of our association with Bestcollegeart.com lies in the fact that both Bestcollegeart.com as well the overall ethos of Glenfiddich celebrate the shared passion for art. Art serves to lift our lives above the normal mundane everyday experience; it is a celebration of wonderment. Making good whisky can be scientifically explained yet remains an art – it is made by craftsmen who respect the fact that special things take time to develop, so the qualities required for making good art.


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