4th edition of CIMA Awards to be held on Feb 5 in Kolkata

The Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), in collaboration with the Art and Heritage Foundation, is all set for the fourth edition of CIMA Awards to be held on February 5 at the Taj Bengal in Kolkata.

Launched in 2014-2015, CIMA Awards recognise and honour excellence in visual arts.

The awards aim to showcase promising young artists in the country and provide a platform to several talented new artists who have gone on to establish a name for themselves in the art world.

Seeking to bridge the gap between urban and rural India, the prestigious awards are open to all artists between 25-45 years of age, who are trained and self-taught and cover paintings, sculptures, graphics, and emerging new media such as video art, installations, art performance, graphic novel, and digital art.

Since its inception, CIMA Awards have offered a platform for young artists to showcase their works, enabling many to successfully enter the gallery, museum, exhibition, and residency circuits in India and abroad.

The winner of the CIMA Award receives a prize money of Rs 5 lakh, a trophy, and a solo show. The first and second runners-up receive Rs 3 lakh and Rs 2 lakh, respectively, along with a trophy. Additionally, there are two Special Jury Awards of Rs 1 lakh and a trophy each, two Special Mention Awards of Rs 50,000 and a trophy each, four Merit Awards of Rs 25,000 each, and a Director’s Award of Rs 20,000.

The works are selected through a two-tiered jury system comprising a preliminary jury and a final jury. Members of the jury focus on knowledge-based appreciation of the art and artist and seek to recognise excellence, particularly in the uniqueness of vision. The artists’ identities are not disclosed to ensure fair and objective evaluation.

This year, 180 artworks from across the country have been shortlisted for the final round by the preliminary jury comprising Dr Shreyasi Chatterjee, Samir Aich, Chhatrapati Dutta, Veena Bhargava, Pankaj Panwar, Tapas Biswas, Akku, Ajit Seal, Ramendranath Kastha and Aveek Mukherjee.

“The idea behind the CIMA Awards is to provide a fair, open, and accessible platform to artists from across the country, who would find it difficult, if not impossible, to come across an opportunity to display their talent. Each edition of the CIMA Awards gives almost 200 artists a chance to meet the doyens of the Indian art world and present their work to them. The belief that these incredibly talented artists may have gone undiscovered without CIMA Awards is what continues to inspire us and has helped us make this happen even in the midst of the pandemic,” said Rakhi Sarkar, Director of CIMA.

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