Prestigious Art & Design Award Comes to the Philippines

Prestigious Art & Design Award Comes to the Philippines

MullenLowe NOVA Awards Manila recognizes the best creative work from the country’s most talented artists 

MullenLowe Group Philippines is proud to launch the 2019 MullenLowe NOVA Awards Manila and invite the country’s most talented artists in the fields of art, design, fashion and photography to submit their entries.

The MullenLowe NOVA Awards Manila engage Filipino visionaries and industry leaders with the goal of supporting emerging talent, creative excellence and innovation. This arts and culture program is focused on supporting ‘challenger thinking’ and giving artists a platform for recognition and opportunity to extend their thinking beyond the educational environment.

From a shortlist of 10 artists, 6 prizes will be given out: the Grand Prize, two Runners-Up and the YourNOVA ‘People’s Choice’ Award. These awards will be presented to artists who demonstrate surprising lateral thinking and whose work stretches creative ability to its limits with an emphasis on craft, skill, and exceptional accomplishment in their respective fields. The Grand Prize recipient will receive a short-course scholarship supported by leading art, design and performance college, Central Saint Martins, University of Arts in London.

Special prizes will be awarded by our partners: The Unilever #Unstereotype Award, and The Meralco Spark Prize, given by Meralco. The Unilever #Unstereotype Award recognizes inclusive, forward-thinking creative work that breaks away from limiting and outdated stereotypical gender portrayals. The Meralco Spark Prize, to be bestowed by Meralco President and CEO Ray Espinosa, will be awarded to work that sparks creativity, innovation and embodies the company’s commitment to social responsibility and sustainability.

The judging panel consists of icons in the Filipino world of art, design, fashion and photography, including Kenneth Cobonpue, Leeroy New, Len Cabili, Mark Nicdao, and JC Buendia.

Entries for the 2019 MullenLowe NOVA Awards are now open. All submissions must be finalised by 5pm on Friday, 18th October 2019. Entry can be made via the MullenLowe NOVA Awards Manila website:

To be considered for a MullenLowe NOVA Award Manila, all submissions must be the artists’ original and recent work. Work is still eligible if it’s been exhibited prior, however cannot be submitted if it has been entered in another competition, whether in the Philippines or abroad. Filipino citizens, 18 years old and above, are eligible to submit.

The Philippine leg of the awards shortlisted 10 artists and their entries: Maco Custodio of Lalapatos, a sustainable footwear brand using woven pre-consumed foil; Particles by Dexter Fernandez, a visual work which used silk-screened prints, balloon, and resin to create his garapata (Filipino for tick) aesthetic; The Deconstructed Garden by MJ Suayan, a visual artist who combines photography and techniques such as burning, scratching, and chemical treatment to create his entry; Non-space, Panorama by AK Ocol, a triptych was made using a “panoramic glitch to overload and produce a fake image,” according to a release; Passion, Place, Privilege by Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera II, is an attempt “to immortalize the forms, materials, and processes consistent to the design of the Philippine High School for the Arts’ Makiling Campus” as the campus moves to a new site in Laguna,

Also included in the shortlist are: Jerome Lorico’s The Labyrinth, a mixed media piece which doubles as a “commentary about how man devices things to trap himself consciously or unconsciously,” and how humanity is both suspect and victim; Anna Orlina’s Mon’s Drian, a glass sculpture made as an ode to her father, famed glass sculptor Ramon Orlina (the piece is said to a play on words on Mr. Orlina’s name and his favorite artist, Piet Mondrian); Harold Delima, Leslie Angbue-te, and Jean Michael Diosma’s Within Water: Beyond Water is technically a water filtration system but one that “brings to life the beauty and wisdom of water” as the installation attempts to draw the viewer beyond the “simplicity” of the filtration process; Mamuro Oki and Abraham Guardian’s Mama! Mama! I Feel Quaint, is a collection of deconstructed mannequins that talks “about emotions that are in limbo, of feeling neither joy or sadness”; and finally, Ken Samudio’s Below Sea Level, a jewelry collection using upcycled plastic, wood beads, and recycled upholstery leather backing, meant to mimic “the color, texture, and beauty of the coral reefs.”

All shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the final awards program on November 29, 2019 in Poblacion, Makati.

The 2019 MullenLowe NOVA Awards Manila has been made possible thanks to our partners at Unilever, Meralco, Heineken, TMG and MullenLowe Group Philippines.

For inquiries, you can reach the MullenLowe NOVA Secretariat at (02) 8811 1111 / (02) 2671149 or (0922) 8002497/ / (0927) 7970023 or through their official Facebook page @mullenlowenovamanila.

Written by Village Connect

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