PULSE AWARDS 2021 - PRESS RELEASE (International Jury Members)
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International Jury Members Named
For Inaugural PULSE Awards
International Jury Members Named For Inaugural PULSE Awards
Awards to recognise new and emerging visual artists in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong
for works with the theme “Sexual Health Matters!”
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.
Bangkok/Singapore, 23 September 2021 - PULSE Clinic, Asia’s leading sexual healthcare provider, with clinics across the region, announced today the International Jury that will select the winners for the inaugural PULSE Awards open to entrants from Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. This year’s theme is “Sexual Health Matters!”.
PULSE Awards aims to raise awareness through art on the importance of sexual health, remove social stigma towards the LGBTQ+ community, and normalise society’s attitudes towards sex and sexuality.
The jury members are:
- Richard Koh, founder of Richard Koh Fine Arts and Richard Koh Projects with galleries in Singapore, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur.
- Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, an independent scholar and curator of Southeast Asian contemporary art based in Bangkok. She also appointed a curator for the Bangkok Art Bienniale
- Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch, a leading Thai artist from Ratchaburi, Thailand. He made his name through ceramic art but is also known for his photography, sculpture, installations, and public art.
- Lisa Botos, curator, art advisor and cultural strategist based in Singapore.
- Dr. Natthakhet Yaemim, also known as Dr. Deyn, is the founder of PULSE, a pan-Asian sexual health-focused network of clinics and services in Asia, and a researcher from Maastricht University, Netherlands.
Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, one of the jury members, said: “I am pleased to be one of the judges for this year’s PULSE Awards— an initiative that has at its core the wellbeing of the people, especially critical as the pandemic unravels around us. It is of utter importance to foster health awareness in SEA as we must reach out to the less privileged and support them in fighting against illnesses and social marginalisation. I trust this initiative will mark the first step in the right direction.”
"It is an honour to be a part of such an important initiative and I am more than happy to support this cause as it aims to take the stigma away from a vital issue in Asia. As a member of the jury panel, I am very excited to see what new and emerging artists will create around such a relevant and critical theme," Richard Koh said.
A Call to Artists was launched in July for participants to submit their works in the following categories by 15 October, 2021:
- Painting – 2D
- Sculpture – 3D
- 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)
Finalists will have their artworks exhibited at the new PULSE Gallery spaces in Bangkok in the lead-up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, 2021 when the winners will be announced. 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 Singapore-based Foundation For Life to support testing and treatment of individuals and communities. The remaining 50% raised will go to the artists. Additionally, two winners in their respective categories will win prize money. (More information can be found here).
Dr. Deyn Natthakhet Yaemim, founder and CEO of PULSE clinics, and one of the jury members said: “We at PULSE Clinic believe that a healthy society recognises and supports an individual’s potential. We, therefore, invite emerging artists in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong to think about what sexual health means to them and express their creativity through the inaugural PULSE Awards. Together we can raise awareness on sexual health, remove stigma towards the LGBTQ+ community and normalise society’s attitudes towards sex and sexuality.”
For more information on the PULSE Awards, including the criteria, prizes, jury profiles and submission guidelines, visit the Call To Artists page.
About PULSE Clinic
Established in Bangkok, PULSE Clinic is a gay-owned private clinic whose mission is to promote and provide excellence in standards of care and education in sexual wellbeing, HIV and related infections, and to actively engage in the formulation of public health policy and research, with the aim of reducing HIV disease burden across the region and worldwide. Pulse Clinics are currently in Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and will soon open in the Philippines.
About Foundation For Life
Is a Singapore-based chraity Foundation For Life (FFL) is a non-commercial charitable organisation dedicated to raising awareness of health and promoting and providing health care and education. Our focus is to improve the quality of people's well-being, with the aim of sexual health normalisation and reducing the STI/HIV burden. We aim to provide the opportunity for more people to know their status faster through the promotion of the benefits of testing, prevention, treatment, and continuous care. FFL focuses on underserviced populations with limited access to information and access to services such as but not limited to overseas workers and MSM.
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