Chanel Culture Fund Announces 2024 Next Prize Winners

Written by Ethan  on 28 Mar, 2024
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[Photo provided by Chanel, (Top row from left) Tolia Astakhishvili, Moor Mother, Kantemir Balagov, Oona Doherty, Sam Eng / Bottom row from left: Fox Maxy, Ho Tzu Nyen, Dalton Paula, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Davóne Tines]

The Chanel Culture Fund has announced the 10 winners of the second Chanel Next Prize, an international cultural and artistic award by the Chanel House. Awarded biennially, the prize is given to ten contemporary artists from around the world who redefine their fields. Each artist embodies Chanel's mission to develop new and next endeavors.

The ten winners are awarded €100,000 each (approximately 145 million KRW) to realize their most ambitious art projects.

As part of the award, winners will also have the opportunity to participate in a two-year mentorship and networking program through the House’s global cultural partners, including the Royal College of Art in London.

The winners were selected from six countries across four continents, including the UK, the US, Ireland, Brazil, Singapore, and Georgia, working in various fields such as visual arts, film, dance, video game design, performance, opera, and digital art.

The Next Prize is part of the Chanel Culture Fund, a global initiative by Chanel to foster cultural development, introduced in 2021, continuing the House’s century-long legacy of cultural patronage.

Yana Peel, Global Head of Arts & Culture at Chanel, stated, “The Chanel Next Prize was introduced to amplify the work of artists who create change and redefine their fields. The second edition of the Next Prize celebrates and supports these ten artists. All winners are catalysts and pioneers, breaking conventions across various fields from art and opera to film and game design. Watching their creative journey will be an exhilarating experience.”

#Chanel Next Prize Winners

  • Tolia Astakhishvili: (Based in Berlin and Tbilisi, from Georgia) She is a multidisciplinary artist mainly working in installations. Her work expands to large-scale architectural interventions combining drawing, painting, video, sound, archival footage, and found materials.
  • Kantemir Balagov: (Based in Los Angeles, from Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia) He is an artist and director. His film ‘Closeness’ won the Fipresci Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and his second feature film ‘Beanpole’ won the Best Direction Award in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Oona Doherty: (Based in Marseille, from Belfast, Northern Ireland) She is a choreographer at the forefront of contemporary dance. Her authentic and passionate performance presents realistic scenarios and relatable characters.
  • Sam Eng: (Based in New York, from New York) He is a self-taught game developer and visual artist, a second-generation Hong Kong immigrant. His game was recognized at IndiCade East, and his game SKATE STORY will be released by the video game publisher Devolver Digital in 2024.
  • Ho Tzu Nyen: (Based in Singapore, from Singapore) He is an artist working across animation, video, performance, and installation art. He explores the construction of reality and history, reconstructing myths and histories through his works.
  • Fox Maxy: (Based in San Diego, from San Diego, USA) She is a visual artist and director creating works based on personal deep reflections on safety, the health of continents and oceans, survival, joy, and patience.
  • Moor Mother: (Based in the USA, from the USA) She is a musician, poet, and visual artist utilizing various music genres like free jazz, electronic, and classical.
  • Dalton Paula: (Based in Goiânia, from Brasília, Brazil) He is an artist and educator creating portraits of forgotten Brazilian figures using painting and photography.
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir: (Based in Greater London, from Iceland) She is among the most distinctive composers in contemporary classical music, with her unique musical world written as an ever-evolving soundscape of striking nuances and lyrical harmonies.
  • Davóne Tines: (Based in Baltimore, from Virginia, USA) He is a bass-baritone active in theater and opera as a singer, creator, and curator. His performances intersect opera, popular song, spirituals, and gospel music, conveying deep personal stories about endurance and human relationships.

#About the Chanel Culture Fund

Dedicated to arts for over a century, the Chanel Culture Fund (CHANEL Culture Fund) fosters a vibrant network of creators and innovators shaping global culture. Its main activities include Chanel’s Art Partners, supporting revolutionary and long-term cultural innovations. The Chanel Next Prize offers resources and mentoring to support the future development of artists. Chanel Connects, a podcast, shares thoughts from leaders addressing major contemporary issues across different fields, generations, and regions. From emerging curators at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) to leading ecologists at Seoul's Leeum Museum, groundbreaking artists at the Venice Biennale to the most promising directors at the British Film Institute, the Chanel Culture Fund supports creative boldness for a better future.


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