Over the past two years, the arts have undeniably suffered, crushed by a pandemic and consequential government guidelines that have restricted many creative practices due to either a lack of funding or opportunities altogether. Alas, in response to a wavering creative industry, Chanel stepped forward to launch their latest initiative earlier this year, marking the first-ever cultural prize launched by the house; the Chanel Next Prize.
Extending the house's legacy of arts patronage that began with its founder's desire to be part of what happens next – 'ce qui va arriver', (after all, it is known that Christina Dior himself was a gallerist before a designer), the Chanel Next Prize has been developed in response to providing an 'emerging generation of creative risk-takers', in the hopes to continuing to inspire the next generation of artists to dare, experiment and dream.
With a prestigious panel made up of British actor Tilda Swinton, Chinese multi-media artist Cao Fei and Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye, winners span all creative disciplines including design, film, the performing and visual arts, and will all be receiving a staggering total of €100,000 and access to mentorship alongside other networking opportunities.
The Winners of the Chanel Next Prize 2021:
- Composer Jung Jae-il
- Collaborative practice Keiken made up of Hana Omori, Isabel Ramos and Tanya Cruz
- Game designer Lual Mayen
- Dancer and choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas
- Filmmaker Rungano Nyoni
- Poet Precious Okoyomon
- Theatre director Marie Schleef
- Dancer and choreographer Botis Seva
- Filmmaker Wang Bing
- Filmmaker Eduardo Williams