CALL to ARTISTS - Sexual Health Matters!
PULSE AWARDS 2021: Art for Life
Deadline for submissions has been extended to 31 October!
Artists can submit for more than one category!
PULSE Clinic, Asia’s leading lifestyle clinic, believes that a healthy society recognises and supports an individual’s potential. To provide a platform for new and emerging contemporary artists in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, PULSE clinic has launched the inaugural PULSE Awards: The Art for Life, a competition for artists to submit their works based on the theme Sexual Health Matters.
Finalists will have their works exhibited at the new PULSE Gallery spaces in Bangkok. The selected works will be auctioned for the Singapore-based charity Foundation for Life. Fifty percent of the auction proceeds will be donated to the charity to support testing and treatment of populations without access to financing. The remaining 50% of the money raised will go to the artists. Additionally, two winners in their respective categories will win prize money.
The PULSE Awards highlights that a healthy society is not measured solely by its GDP, but also in the strides it makes in the artistic, relationship/interpersonal, social services and the sciences. PULSE Clinic’s mission is to provide excellent standards of sexual health care and education, and to remove the stigma, judgment, and privilege that continues to negatively impact access to information, testing, and treatment. PULSE Awards aims to raise awareness on the importance of sexual health, remove social stigma towards the LGBTQ+ community, and normalise society’s attitudes towards sex and sexuality.
The Theme for PULSE Awards 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely restricted social interactions and cross-border travel. Despite this, our human desires, experiences, and life have gone on. Even when our bodies are locked down inside the house, human desires go beyond the walls that surround us.
Our experience of sex manifests in ways both old and new and across multiple dimensions and layers: physical, emotional, spiritual, gender, cultural, excitement, and intimacy, to name just a few. None of these elements are necessarily constant. “Sex” means different things at different points in our lives, or from one day to the next.
Sex, in its many interpretations, is part of our everyday lives. But we often talk about it in very simplistic ways. Whether it is contraception or contracting and spreading STIs, and while those things are important, they do not tell the whole story of what it takes to be a truly sexually healthy individual. Sexual health is fundamental to the overall health and well-being of individuals, couples, and families. Physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual well-being in relation to sexuality should be treated positively and respectively.
Providing an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents through expressions of their thoughts and understanding of sexual health, PULSE Awards is open for residents (local and foreign) from the following countries:
Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- Artists must be either new or emerging contemporary visual artists and there is no entry fee.
- Artists must be at least 18 years of age.
The five categories are:
1. Painting – 2D
2. Sculpture – 3D
5. Digital art
Two prizes will be awarded to the winners for each category as follows:
- First Prize 100,000THB / 3,200USD (or equivalent in local currency)
- Most Promising 50,000THB / 1,600USD (or equivalent in local currency)
- Artists can submit more than one entry but only one entry per category.
- Submissions should be via up to 3 digital photographs from which judges will select 5 finalists in each category for the exhibition.
- Artists must submit a brief statement (50-100 words) that explains their submitted art piece and its relation to the theme “Sexual Health Matters!”.
- Artists must submit their CV and a short biography (no more than three pages)
- The PULSE Awards does not have a size limit for submissions of artworks. However, large works will be considered on a case-by-case basis and based on the ability of the exhibition space to accommodate the artwork
October 31, 2021 – Deadlines for submissions.
November 12, 2021 – Announcement of five finalists from each category.
November 24, 2021 – Artworks are to be delivered to PULSE Clinic at the artist’s expense. Alternatively, PULSE Clinic can cover shipping/handling costs (if any) and then deduct the amount from the sale proceeds before paying the artist.
December 1, 2021 (World AIDS Day) – Final winners’ announcement
International Jury Members
1. Dr Natthakhet Yaemim
Dr. Deyn is responsible for the overall management and operations of PULSE. Recognising art therapy and using art as a tool for health promotion to improve global health after the COVID-19 pandemic, PULSE has launched PULSE awards and is opening art galleries in Bangkok, Malaysia, and Singapore to showcase artworks by finalists from the PULSE Awards in December 2021.
2. Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani
Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani is an independent scholar and curator of Southeast Asian contemporary art. Her research and curatorial practice revolve around critical socio-political issues in Southeast Asia, advocating a counter-hegemonic and non-Western-centric discourse. She has published in several exhibitions’ catalogs and academic journals such as Photographies, Routledge and University of Westminster UK; Frames Cinema Journal, University of St Andrews, UK; Convocarte:Revista de Ciências da Arte, Lisbon University, Portugal; and M.A.tter Unbound, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, among others.
Together with Patrick D. Flores, she co-edited the anthology Interlaced Journeys: Diaspora and the Contemporary in Southeast Asian Art (2020, Osage Art Foundation). Loredana has recently curated Homecoming /Eventually (2021) at UP Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines; Diaspora: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia (2019) at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Thailand; and Architectural Landscapes: SEA in the Forefront for InToAsia: Time Based Art Festival 2015 at Queens Museum, New York.
Loredana is one of the appointed curators for the Bangkok Art Biennale 2022.
3. Richard Koh
Richard Koh is the founder of Richard Koh Fine Art and Richard Koh Projects; a contemporary art gallery based in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok representing established and emerging Southeast Asian artists.
He is regarded as a pioneer for introducing contemporary Southeast Asian art to the region. He now actively mounts exhibitions and presentations locally and abroad and has advised various leading institutions and private collections.
4. Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch
Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch is a leading Thai artist and the owner of Tao Hong Tai Ceramic Factory. He has made his name through ceramic art but is also known for his photography, sculpture, installations and public art. He earned a Master’s Degree in Ceramics Design at Universitaet Gesamthochschule Kassel, Germany. Supanichvoraparch
believes in the accessibility and sustainability of art. He is the founder of an art center, dKunst, and Art Normal, Ratchaburi’s first public art event. His work has inspired him to create numerous community art projects and social activities.
Supanichvoraparch has exhibited in leading galleries and museums in Thailand and many other countries including Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Taiwan and Singapore. His important art pieces are among private and public collections presented at Hessische Landesmuseum Kassel, Le Meridien, Bangkok, Shizen Lifestyle Spa Resort, Tel-Aviv, Bangkok Sculpture Center and Ratchaburi National Museum. In 2013, he was selected to be Thailand’s representative, showing his work in the 55th Venice Biennale. He has also received the Wattanakunathorn Award in 2013 and Silpathorn Award Winner for Design Section in 2010 from the Ministry of Culture, and Thailand Designer Award in 2007 from Silpakorn University.
5. Lisa Botos
Lisa Botos is a curator, art advisor and cultural strategist. In 2019, Lisa co-founded Art Unchained, a platform exploring the intersection between art, technology, and new business models. Concurrently, Lisa heads the boutique art consultancy BotosProject., focusing on creative collaboration, strategic advisory, and cultural content. In 2008, Lisa co-founded OOI BOTOS, a pioneering contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong with a focus on digital and media art. Antecedent, print mediums and digital platforms served as Lisa’s curatorial realm. She led TIME Asia’s award-winning photography department expanding on the iconic title’s reputation for inventive visual content by collaborating with a broad range of Asia-based creatives, including contemporary artists, garnering top photography, editing, and publishing awards for the publication. From 2011-2016, as a consultant to the WYNG Foundation, Lisa advised on the original concept and framework for its WMA platform and awards, a concatenative initiative recognizing and cultivating excellence in lens-based art forms, in dialogue with other expressive forms, through the prompt of significant and challenging topics of import to Hong Kong society.
Lisa is a Fellow of the Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme (University of Hong Kong), a nominator for The Sovereign Art Foundation's Sovereign Asian Art Prize, a member of the committee for the Friends of STPI, a member of the advisory board of The VII Foundation, a member of the WMA advisory group, a consultant to the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, and a 2021 Fellow of BeFantastic Together: TechArt for Climate Action.
Terms and Conditions
1. All artists must certify that the work is their sole creation and are not in violation of any intellectual property rights. If accused of any infringement of intellectual property rights, artists agree that PULSE Clinic will not be liable in any lawsuit and any indemnity imposed.
2. If selected as a finalist, the artist’s works will be shown in a group exhibition at the Bangkok PULSE Art Gallery and auctioned at the conclusion of the exhibition. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be paid to the artist and the remaining 50% will be donated to the Foundation for Life to support testing and treatment of populations without access to financing.
3. Artists agree to allow PULSE Clinic to reproduce or distribute images of the submitted works for marketing, public relations, sales and advertising purposes.