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, an independent scholar and curator of Southeast Asian contemporary art based in Bangkok.
- 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.
“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,” said Richard Koh.
A Call to Artists was launched in July for participants to submit their works in the following categories by 15 October, 2021:
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)
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 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.