Delfina Foundation

Samdani Art Award

A biannual residency award for Bangladeshi artists

Delfina Foundation and Samdani Art Foundation has joined forces on the Samdani Art Award, which is the most prestigious art award in Bangladesh for artists aged 20-40.

This Bi-Annual award aims to support, promote and highlight emerging contemporary artists of Bangladesh.  The award is a three-month residency at Delfina Foundation.

The Samdani Art Award is one of the highlights of the Dhaka Art Summit, also organised by the Samdani Art Foundation in collaboration with Bangladesh National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts.  This pioneering, non-profit platform is the first of its kind for Bangladesh and one of the largest platforms for South Asian art globally. 


The recipient of the award was Ayesha Sultana for her remarkable body of painting, installation and works on paper that stood out as suggesting a real potential for future development.  Chaired by Aaron Cezar (Delfina Foundation), the esteemed international jury included curator Eungie Joo (Sharjah Biennial 12), Jessica Morgan (Tate Modern), Pooja Sood (Khoj International Artists' Association) and Sandhini Poddar (Guggenheim Museum).


Rasel Chowdhury was announced as the recipient of the award at the 3rd Dhaka Art Summit with the residency taking place in autumn 2016. Chaired by Aaron Cezar, the jury included Maria Lind (Tensta Stockholm), Cosmin Costinas (Para Site), Gary Carrion-Murayari (New Museum) and Aaron Seeto (Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art).  The jury awarded Chowdhury for his thoughtful and fully committed approach to his project Railway Longings and his mature articulation of current concerns through a physical experience: a journey. The jury remarked on Chowdhury's talent for image-making with a particular gaze; an emotional capturing of detail as well as the whole picture.

More information:
Samdani Art Foundation
Dhaka Art Summit