Oliver Beer installation shot


28 July 2017

Daiwa Foundation Art Prize Artists: A Review

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Started in 2009, the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize aims to introduce British artists to Japan by awarding the winner a solo exhibition in a Japanese gallery. Each year a winner is chosen from three finalists, all of whom go on to achieve further prizes and awards. This review recaps the finalists from each year and their most recent work following their entry in the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize.


2009 –


Marcus Coates

After winning the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize in 2009, Marcus Coates displayed his work in a solo exhibition in the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo. He then went on to feature in many notable exhibitions such as ‘Dawn Chorus’ which explored the human voice and birdsong in 2015 and ‘Vision Quest: A ritual for Elephant and Castle’ which was a film showing changes taking place in the neighbourhood. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Fourth plinth, Trafalgar Square artwork.

Runners up:

Bedwyr Williams

Following his selection as a finalist for the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, Bedwyr Williams went on to exhibit his work in many solo shows in Whitworth, Manchester, UK; Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow and Cardiff all in 2015. In 2011 he won the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and he was shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award 2015 as well as being shortlisted for the Artes Mundi award in 2017.


Adam Dant

Adam Dant has not only featured in many group exhibitions such as London Original Print Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion and London Art Fair since being selected as a finalist for the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize but he has also held several solo exhibitions including ‘Soerditch: Diary of a Neighbourhood’ in 2013 and ‘The Budge Row Bibliotheque’ in 2015. He was chosen to be the Official Artist of the General Election in 2015.



2012 –  


Haroon Mirza

Haroon Mirza won the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize in 2012 and was awarded a solo exhibition in SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo and then went on to win the Zurich Art Prize in 2013. He has written several books on his work such as ‘Movement 1’ in 2011, ‘–{}{}{}’ in 2012, ‘/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/| A User’s Manual’ in 2013 and ‘Are JeeBe?’ in 2014. In addition, Haroon has displayed his work in various solo exhibitions such as ‘Untitled Song MIMA’ in Middlesbrough, ‘o/o/o/o/’ at the Lisson Gallery, London in 2013 and ‘The Light Hours’ in 2014.

Runners up:

Tom Hammick

In 2012 Tom Hammick was shortlisted for both the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize and The Threadneedle Prize. Following this, he was the selected artist for the ‘Discover The Valleys’ poster Campagaign in 2013 and became ENO’s first artist in residence in 2014. Not only this, but his work has been displayed in multiple solo shows; ‘Eidetic’ in 2012, ‘New Paintings Flowers’ in 2014 and ‘Passes Between Us’ in 2016 to name a few.


Jay Price (formerly Jennifer Price)

After her selection as a finalist for the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize in 2012, Jay won the Anthony Dawson Young Printmaker Award and a scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust in 2014. She also was given a preview, travel and accommodation grant from Royal College of Art Venice Biennale Award in 2015. In 2016 she was longlisted for the Anthology Art Prize and made the final shortlist for Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award at Chisenhale Studios as well as winning the Visitors Choice Award in Shape Open, London. She has also exhibited her artwork in various solo and group shows. Her latest group show is Colossus (2017), set within a historic chapel.



2015 –


Oliver Beer

Having won the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize in 2015, Oliver Beer displayed his work in a solo exhibition called ‘Life, Death and Tennis’ in Aoyama Meguro Gallery and became the Watermill Centre artist in residence in the same year. His work was then displayed in multiple solo exhibitions such as ‘Deconstructing Sound’ in Asakusa, Tokyo in 2015 as well as ‘Call to Sound’ in Istanbul and in 2015, Oliver Beer became the Artist in Residence at the Watermill Centre, New York. In 2017 he had two solo exhibitions: ‘Oliver Beer, Performance & sculpture’ at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in London and ‘Oliver Beer’ at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.

Runners up:

Mikhail Karikis

In 2015, Mikhail Karikis was shortlisted for the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize and in 2016 for the Film London Jarman award. His solo exhibitions include ‘Children of the Unquiet’ and ‘The Endeavour’ in 2015 as well as ‘Mikhail Karikis: solo show – Tate Exchange Artist Film International’ in 2017. His many group exhibitions include ‘Secret Agent’, ‘Art in the age of energy and raw material’ and ‘Music for Museums’ in 2015 as well as ‘This is a voice’, ‘The Faraway Nearby’ and ‘Not all that falls has wings’ in 2016


Julie Brook

In 2015, as well as being shortlisted for the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, Julie Brooks did a solo exhibition ‘Pigment’ which also appeared at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York and the Luminous Latitudes, Glasgow Short Film Festival. She was commissioned by the BBC to create an installation called ‘Firestack’ in 2016. Following this, she did a survey documentary with BBC4 called ‘Land Art’ in 2016 and a solo exhibition ‘Made, Unmade’ in An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis also in 2016 and again in the National Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek in 2017.




By Emma Worsley

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