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Arts award winners named

SURASI KUSOLWONG, a renowned conceptual artist; Kong-dej Jaturanrassamee, an independent filmmaker; Jarunan Phantachat, an active performer; and Suriya Umpansiritatana, a cutting-edge architect led the eight winners of this year's Silpathorn Awards.

"The awards honour mid-career artists between the ages of 30 and 50 for outstanding artistic merit, innovative and creative contribution to their fields and their positive impact on society as a whole," Khemchart Thepchai, director of the Culture Ministry's Contemporary Art and Culture Office, said yesterday.

Writer Rewat Panpipat, conductor Vanich Potavanich, typographer Pairoj Teeraprapar and product designer Chaiyut Plypetch were also named during the announcement at the Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Centre on Rajdamnoen Avenue.

The awards are granted annually to recognise achievements in nine fields - visual arts, literature, music, performing arts, film, architecture, graphic design, creative design, and decorative arts. This year saw no decorative-arts award.

Established in 2004 by Prof Apin-and Poshyananda, the Silpathorn Awards have been bestowed upon 52 artists. The awards were skipped from 2011 through last year.

"It's hoped the awards will raise the honourees' morale while sparking interest in the arts circles and encouraging artists to develop their potential," the office said.

Each winner receives Bt100,000 and an honour pin. The presentation ceremony will be held on July 17 along with an exhibition on their works that will run through July 27.

The results were facilitated by managing, screening and judging panels comprising experts in various areas. This year's judges were National Artists Virat U-thavorn and Vichoke Mukdamanee and respected artist Sakul Bunyatat.

The nominating panel chose three to four artists per category and forwarded them to the judging committee, which chose the winners.




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