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The Hari Art Prize 2023 In collaboration with A Space For Art

A Space For Art

After the remarkable success in 2022, The Hari Art prize, in collaboration with A Space For Art, will be held for its second year as part of the hotel’s now annual rolling art programme, celebrating the global roster of artistic talent attracted to London.

This year, we have received over 1000 applications for The Hari Art Prize 2023, which is absolutely thrilling! We are excited to announce the 20 shortlisted artists for the prize with the winner being awarded a cash grant generously donated by our CEO and Chairman, Dr. Aron Harilela of £10,000.

The exhibition of the shortlisted artists will be open to the public at The Hari Hotel in London starting from Wednesday, September 20th.

See All Shortlisted Artists

The Awards

The award will be open to all applicants who are self-taught or have graduated in the last two years (2021-2023) from UK art colleges from 3rd April until 30 June 2023 via A Space For Art’s website. A shortlist of artists will then be chosen by the judging panel, including judge Irene Bradbury, Senior Director of White Cube, among others to be confirmed. The prize offers entrants access to some of the most esteemed figures of the art world.

Once shortlisted, artists will have their individual pieces exhibited throughout the hotel from 1 September 2023 until January 2024.

The three finalists will then be announced at a VIP award event at The Hari in November 2023. The winner will be presented with a £10,000 cash prize, kindly donated by The Hari’s CEO and Chairman, Dr. Aron Harliela, and the two runners up will have their work exhibited in the hotel’s public spaces.

The Finalists

The Winner Kialy Tihngang

Kialy’s piece ‘UNTITLED (LEAN SIX SIGMA), 2023’ displays a beautiful fusion of both sculpture and textiles, while simultaneously drawing upon LGBTQ & e-commerce issues of our day. Currently showing throughout the UK, and with existing commissions from The British Council, the financial support provided by the prize will be hugely significant in furthering her art career, with the judges all in agreement that she was the stand-out winner from all the applications received.

Runner Up Bo Sun

Bo Sun’s sculptural practice is unique and innovative, fusing anatomy and mechanics in dystopian sculptures that convey the tensions of a post-humanist era, and the judges agreed he has a promising career going forward.

Runner Up J.G. Fox

J.G Fox was also praised for the concept behind his work and the strength of execution which provided a poignant and playful commentary on philosophical and political themes in contemporary society, through the guise of eighteenth century Italian architectural etchings.

The Judges

CEO and Chairman of Harilela Hotels Ltd Dr. Aron Harilela

Established in 1959 and still wholly owned by the Harilela Family, The Harilela Group is a Hong Kong based private company with extensive experience in hotel investment and management. 

The Group owns and operates some 15 properties across Hong Kong, China, Asia, Europe and the U.S. In 2016, The Harilela Group started its own brand. The Hari, London opened its doors in August 2016 and The Hari, Hong Kong opened December 2020.

Head of Curatorial for A Space for Art Melissa Digby-Bell

Melissa Digby-Bell has worked in the contemporary art sector since 2002, following a degree in History of Art at the University of Bristol. Her career began at White Cube, going on to manage the studios of high profile artists Marc Quinn and Anish Kapoor. 

In 2014, Melissa co-founded curatorial partnership and consultancy Mehta Bell Projects and has since launched Offshoot Arts – an art consultancy and gallery dedicated to supporting and promoting emerging and mid-career international artists.

Senior Director, White Cube Gallery Irene Bradbury

 Since 1997 Irene Bradbury has been with White Cube, as an Artist liaison and now a Director. She has worked closely with many of the artists that White Cube represents, overseeing numerous exhibitions as part of their programme and collaborated on many projects. 

 In addition to her role at White Cube, Irene is currently on the Advisory Board of the Drawing Room, London.

Art Historian, Writer & Curator Hector Campbell

Some of Campbell’s recent curatorial projects include ‘Pounding The Pavement’ at Galeria Pelaires and solo exhibitions ‘First Light’ and ‘Old Friends, New Friends’ at Collective Ending HQ.

 Hector has written for galleries such as Saatchi Yates and De Brock, publications FAD Magazine and Elephant Magazine as well as contributed to the catalogues of artists Sujin Lee, Yulia Iosilzon, Gori Mora, Billy Fraser & Euphrosyne Andrews.

Galleries, art dealer and curator Anthony Wilkinson

Anthony Wilkinson is the director of Anthony Wilkinson Gallery which was originally located in East London and ran for over twenty years.  Since the mid ‘90s, Anthony has curated shows in temporary and alternative venues such as Cubitt Gallery, and has also run a project space in central London for two years.

Wilkinson has previously worked with artists such as George Shaw, Elizabeth Magill, AK Dolven, Makiko Kudo, Matthew Higgs, Ciprian Muresan and Marcin Maciejowski.

Artist Agents and Publicists Jo Brooks PR

JBPR is as international public relations consultancy, specialising in art, lifestyle and culture. Jo Brooks and Clare Croome share over 50 years experience across all aspects of public relations and represent a number of artists globally at agent level.

Jo Brooks PR represent artists such as Banksy, Lucy Sparrow and Beth Cullen-Kerridge amongst others, documenting some of the most ‘cultural moments’ in an artists career.  

Andrew Coney, General Manager at The Hari

We are delighted to be hosting The Hari Art Prize again this year after the huge success we saw in 2022. At The Hari, we are committed to celebrating art, and to giving young artists as much opportunity as possible. We look forward to seeing the results of this year’s art prize and to continuing to support new generations of talent”.

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The Hari Art Prize 2022 Last Year's Finalists


Winner of the £10,000 cash prize donated by The Hari’s CEO and Chairman, Dr. Aron Harilela, is… Antrea Tzourovits! 

A resounding and worthy finalist. Not only was the work submitted for the exhibition produced to a very high level, with beautiful intricate carving and an intriguing and exquisite sculptural piece, but on further investigation, he showed a clear connection between the concept and the finished piece.



Woo Jin Joo showcased significant skill and quality of embroidery. 

The judges enjoyed seeing the work in person and could easily appreciate the artist’s reference to her cultural heritage. There was a relevancy to her work with ideas of recycling and regeneration that feels pertinent and her practice encourages a re-appreciation of objects or material things that are often overlooked and disposable.



Barbara Nati was commended for her dedication and commitment to highlighting the dangers and seriousness of climate change. It was agreed her work communicated this idea very powerfully.

 Her images conjure up the dystopian vision of a world consumed by carbon dioxide in an evocative and direct way, and her use of digital collage was inventive and well executed. 


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