The Factory is excited to announce artist Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai as the winner of its inaugural ‘Artist Excellence Award’ – Giving recognition to one Vietnamese artist, who lives in Vietnam, whose experimental practice embraces unique perspectives – a vision that deepens, explores and nurtures the ideas, people and places it engages and collaborates.

On behalf of the jury, The Factory sends congratulations to ALL nominees – Lương TrịnhĐức VũNguyễn Thị Thanh Mai; Tuấn MamiTrần TuấnMai Nguyên AnhNguyễn Phương LinhNguyễn Huy An – whose artistic practice demonstrates that art today is influenced and employs ideas and skills that are interdisciplinary in nature, involving differing community and expertise in the creation of their art – as such it is an award that also gives recognition to artists whose support of particular ideas, people and place has helped to nurture social awareness of the relationship between culture and society.

This inaugural award, envisaged to occur every two years, grants one artist a cash prize and a solo exhibition at The Factory in 2022. This inaugural solo exhibition will travel to the ‘APD Center (Center for Art Patronage and Development)’, Hanoi in 2023.  

We look forward to working with Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai over the next 12 months and extend a special thanks to our nominators, jury, sponsors, supporters and our media partner Vietcetera! Stay tuned for upcoming interviews with our winner!

Please note: thank you to the Nguyen Art Foundation who will host Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai’s exhibition in early 2023 before it tours to Hanoi with ADP. The future Éditions of this award will continue to be developed by its initiating curators independent of The Factory. We look forward to furthering and deepening the network for recognizing excellence in artistic practice in Vietnam. You will hear from us!

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