Selection of artists shortlisted for the CIRCA PRIZE 2023. Images courtesy the artists.

The Cultural Institute of Radical Contemporary Arts (CIRCA) today unveils the 30 shortlisted artists for the CIRCA PRIZE 2023 — an initiative that invests in the future of art and culture by awarding £40,000 to the next generation of creative talent globally. The CIRCA PRIZE 2023 will award a £30,000 prize generated from the sale of #CIRCAECONOMY prints alongside a £10,000 online public vote prize powered by Piccadilly Lights. The winners will be unveiled at an award ceremony in Piccadilly Circus on Tuesday 10 October during Frieze Week, London.


This year, CIRCA invited a global community of artists, performers, poets, activists, architects, gamers and filmmakers to respond to the CIRCA 20:23 manifesto, ‘Hope: The Art of Reading What Is Not Yet Written’. The final shortlist includes 30 artists from over 20 countries including Ghana, India, Vietnam, Lithuania, Albania, France, the U.S. and the U.K. Their shortlisted artworks utilise the physicality of the body, music, animation, poetry, architecture and other media to address hope and its impact across geographical borders, institutional structures, national identities, gender, race, and social justice.

Selection of artists shortlisted for the CIRCA PRIZE 2023. Images courtesy the artists.

From 1 – 30 September 2023, each artist will have their artwork appear at 20:23 local time on London’s Piccadilly Lights and across the CIRCA global platform of digital screens in Berlin and Milan.

The CIRCA PRIZE 2023 shortlist includes:

Tanya V. Abelson (Argentinian, based in London)
Conor Ackhurst (British, based in London)
JJ Agcaoili & Xin Wen (Filipino, based in London)
Tony Albert (Australian, based in Sydney)
Nadir Bouhmouch (Moroccan, based in Marrakech)
Camilo Broute (Cuban, Dominican and French, based in Dominican Republic)
Liesel Burisch (Danish and German, based in Copenhagen)
Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen (British and Belgian, based in London)
Jérémie Danon (French, based in France)
Gabriella Hirst (Australian, based in Berlin)
Akış Ka (Turkish, based in London)
Blerta Kambo (Albanian, based in Tirana)
Keiken (British, based in London and Berlin)
Rene Matić (Caribbean-British, based in London)
Rita Mawuena Benissan (Ghanaian, based in Accra)
Rosie McGinn (British, based in London)
Rashaad Newsome (African-American, based in Oakland)
Joseph Noonan-Ganley (Irish, based in the U.K. and Ireland)
Yiannis Pappas (Greek, based in Berlin)
Annie Rockson (British, based in England)
Gaby Sahhar (French, based in London)
Prem Sahib (British, based in London)
Cemile Sahin (Kurdish, based in Berlin)
Lorenzo Silvestri (Italian, based in Rome)
Harmeet Singh Rahal (Indian, based in London)
Matthew Stone (British, based in the Wye Valley)
Phuong Thao Nguyen (Vietnamese, based in France)
Theo Triantafyllidis (Greek, based in Athens)
Deividas Vytautas (Lithuanian, based in London)
Linyou Xie (Chinese, based in Shanghai)

A CIRCA PRIZE Jury of artists and collaborators including Sir Frank Bowling, Douglas Gordon, Anne Imhof, Michèle Lamy, Shirin Neshat, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Josef O’Connor, Olu Odukoya, Sir Norman Rosenthal and Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot) collectively decided the CIRCA PRIZE 2023 winner who will be announced at an award ceremony held in Piccadilly Circus, London, during Frieze Week on Tuesday 10 October 2023.

The CIRCA PRIZE winning artist will receive £30,000 to support their future practice alongside a new trophy designed by Ai Weiwei, who first launched the CIRCA free public art programme in October. An online public vote, powered by Piccadilly Lights, will determine the winner of an additional £10,000, who will also be announced at the award ceremony in October.

This year’s CIRCA PRIZE was supported by a specially formed Curators’ Circle consisting of Erkan Affan, Nana Biamah-Ofosu, Vittoria de Franchis and Sooyoung Leam.

Previous CIRCA PRIZE winners include Joseph Wilson (CIRCA 20:21) and Mary Martins (CIRCA 20:22). The CIRCA PRIZE 2023 is generated entirely from the sale of #CIRCAECONOMY prints.


1 – 30 September, CIRCA 20:23
20:23 GMT ➳ London, Piccadilly Lights
20:23 CET ➳ Berlin, Limes, Kurfürstendamm
20:23 CET ➳ Milan, Cadorna Square, EssilorLuxottica

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