Skoda India announces prize for Indian contemporary art

Skoda India announces prize for Indian contemporary art

The award aims to recognize and honour the talent from the world of Indian contemporary art.

Skoda Auto India and Seventy Event Management Group came together to create and present a prestigious award celebrating contemporary art in India called ‘The Skoda Prize’.

The Skoda Prize will be an annual celebration of outstanding work in contemporary art in the country. It is a first of its kind award that strives to recognize and reward young Indian artists under the age of 45. Each artist will be judged on the exhibitions,or other presentations of their body of work produced in the twelve months preceding the award.

The jury panel for the Award is chaired by one of India’s most prominent art experts,Tasneem Mehta,managing trustee and honorary director of the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Other jury members include Rajshree Pathy,founder of Contemplate,an arts initiative and Dr. Kavita Singh,a well-known art historian and associate professor of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Apart from the Jury Panel,there is also an advisory committee headed by renowned art critic,Girish Shahane.


Speaking on Skoda Prize,Thomas Kuehl,board member and director (sales & marketing),SkodaAuto India,said: “We look at this association as a great opportunity to provide a platform of recognition for the contemporary Indian artists who have been contributing richly to the global art scene. The Skoda Prize aims to be the ultimate recognition for quality in the art world,endorsed and underlined by high priests of the Indian Art industry.”

Martin da Costa,CEO,Seventy Event Management Group added “I am confident that the art fraternity and the large art loving audience will be happy to view the exhibitions and the show we will present as part of the Skoda Prize journey.

Artists can enter their nominations for The Skoda Prize based on guidelines given on the official website In addition to works entered into the nomination process by artists,the Advisory Committee will be approaching some of the best galleries across India who will nominate 3 artists each for the prize.

Top 20 shortlisted artists will be featured in The Skoda Prize Catalogue and the artworks of the final three artists will be exhibited in New Delhi. The final winner will be announced in January and shall be awarded Rs. 10,00,000 apart from earning the prestigious title of The Škoda Prize winner for the year 2010-2011.