UK/raine is the first ever open competition for all emerging artists from the UK and Ukraine who are between the ages of 18-35. Worth GB£75,000 in prize money, the aim of the competition is to find and support the most imaginative and talented young artists, including students on BA and MA courses who live and work in the UK or Ukraine, or born in either country.
Artists entered their work via the Saatchi Gallery’s website into one of five categories: installation, new media (including video and photography), painting, sculpture and street art. A shortlist of 30 artists (six from each category) are exhibiting their work over one entire floor at the Saatchi Gallery in an exhibition running from 24th November 2015 - 3rd January 2016. A winner from each of the categories, as well as an overall winner were selected by a renowned panel of international judges including: Johnson Chang - Co-founder Asia Art Archive, curator and Guest Professor of China Academy of Art (Hangzhou, China) and founder of Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong), Nigel Hurst - Saatchi Gallery CEO, Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Thailand and Oleksandr Soloviov - Ukrainian author and curator. There was also a winner of a separate public vote. All winners were announced at the exhibition’s launch and VIP private view in London on 23rd November 2015.