COAST Artist Prize “More Than Land 2019: Sustainability in Asia Pacific Islands” is now open and calling for entries!

Biennial Art Competition & Exhibition opens it’s call for entries.

The Asia Pacific Region is home to many colourful cultures and vibrant traditions that easily date back generations. While the recognition and acceptance of these communities has increased over recent years, the reality of the individuals living are still facing issues that have arisen through a long history of trade, discrimination, and environmental change.

Environmental Sustainability has become an increasingly urgent matter in these communities, and one that is not being addressed. From the concerns of Kiribati to the disappearance of East Island, Hawaii, and to the stories such as ‘Mama’s Bones’ and ‘There once was an Island’ which explore the hardships faced by pacific Islanders as environmental changes caused largely by the outside world, threaten to destroy their communities and way of life.

With a theme of Sustainability this year, the Centre of Austronesian Studies (COAST) invites student artists across the UK to enter the 2019 “More than land” Fine Art Competition. The aim of the competition is to begin the progression of insight and understanding of the Asia Pacific Islands resulting in artworks informed by issues of sustainability in Asia Pacific Indigenous Communities.

Current issues revolving around Sustainability, climate change, and the environmental impact on Asia Pacific Island Communities should inform artworks. Your research and understanding of these subjects should be covered briefly in your Artist Statement.

Our Judging panel will choose 10 winning works to be displayed in exhibition “More than Land: Sustainability in Asia Pacific Islands.” Out of the 10, one young artist will additionally be awarded £500.

The exhibition will accept a range of multimedia pieces from video, sculpture, painting, drawing and Performance from all age ranges.

For more information please contact Rowann Fitzpatrick at  or +44 (0)1772 894511.

UK-Wide Call for Entries: 10/06/2019
Deadline Call for Entries: 30/08/2019
Judging Period Ends: 27/09/2019
Results of Art Competition Announced 30/09/2019
Exhibition Open Date: Late 2019 (to be announced)

To enter please email evidence of your piece with a short art statement (500 words max) to with “More than Land 2019 entry” in the subject line along with your name, age, place of education, and contact details.

Evidence can be provided in the form of up to 5 photographs/scans of the Art Piece or a video of up to 5 minutes in length.* Evidence should be clear and depict the full structure of the art work. If you have specific display instructions for your piece, please include these alongside your art statement.

If you have any issues or enquiries about submission of works please email  or phone  our Institute Administrator on +44 (0)1772 894511.

*exceptions to video length can be made in the event that the work is video or preformative in nature and require longer time to fully highlight your art piece.
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