The International Sovereign European Art Prize (SEAP)

THE SOVEREIGN EUROPEAN ART PRIZE PRESS RELEASE about The International Sovereign European Art Prize 2010 exhibition organized by London’s Barbican Center this year, 6th-20th June (2010)

The 25,000 Sovereign European Art Prize Shortlist Announcement

The prize received a record number of entries, with artists nominated by art experts from over 30 European countries. The shortlist was selected by this year’s judges Sir Peter Blake (artist), Tim Marlow (White Cube), Philly Adams (Saatchi Gallery), Gavin Turk (artist), Robert Punkenkhofer (Art&Idea), Joseph Backstein (Moscow Biennale) and Nasser Azam (artist).

Not only did the entries show a strong return to painting, but as Robert Punkenhofer said “The more than 350 entries clearly documented the wonderful diversity and strength of Europe?s artistic scene. The prize will certainly raise the visibility of some of the most promising painters and photographers from the continent.” The judges will decide the winner of the £25,000 first prize during the exhibition of the shortlisted works at the Barbican Centre which will be held from 9 – 20th June, 2010. The general public are also invited to cast their votes from today online at

The artist with the most votes will win the public vote prize of £1,000. All works, excluding the main prize winner, will be available to purchase at a gala auction dinner, offering collectors and members of the public the fantastic opportunity to buy works by these rising stars of contemporary art. Prices start from the affordable £400 to over £30,000. All proceeds will be split 50:50 between the Foundation and the artists. This year The Sovereign Art Foundation will use the funds raised to support the Barbican Centre Trust, helping them to continue their fantastic arts outreach programme in the London area. Howard Bilton, Founder and Chairman of the Sovereign Art Foundation said “We are delighted by the strength of this year’s shortlist, for this our fourth European competition. We hope the auction will raise a significant sum to support the inspiring work of the Barbican Centre Trust. We invite everyone to go to the exhibition, and to support the artists by coming to the dinner or by placing an absentee bid on their favourite works by these critically acclaimed artists.”

A full set of images of the short listed works are available from

The thirty shortlisted artists are as follows:

Rinus Van de Velde – Belgium
Michael Van den Abeele – Belgium
Tomislav Čeranić – Croatia
Damir Stojnić – Croatia
Petr Dub – Czech Republic
Maarit Murka – Estonia
Katri Kuparinen – Finland
Sophie Combes – France
Gabriel Vormstein – Germany
Pétur Thomsen – Iceland
David Godbold – Ireland
Oliver Comerford – Ireland
Mirko Smerdel – Italy
Valentina D’Amaro – Italy
Piero Golia – Italy
Kristaps Gelzis – Latvia
Liga Purmale – Latvia
Evel´na Deičmane – Latvia
Eun Young Lee – Netherlands
Primoz Bizjak – SIovenia
Marek Kvetán – Slovakia
Javier Arce Bueno – Spain
Gonzalo Puch – Spain
Andreas Hagenbach – Switzerland
Andrew Palmer – United Kingdom
Nicolas Ruston – United Kingdom
Daniel Baker – United Kingdom
Uta Kogelsberger – United Kingdom
David Birkin – United Kingdom
Oliver Clegg – United Kingdom