Art and artists are the places and people that can show us how the world is changing. Given the rapid economic advances in Asia over the past 20 years, it seems essential that new cultural connections are build across the continent so that we can all gain a greater understanding of what is happening at the roots of Asia's different societies. The Multitude Art Prize offers a wonderfully multi-faceted project to achieve this. With its nomadic exhibition and discussion programme, Multitude can build up a series of rich encounters across Asia and offer a unique new insight into what our collective future might hold.”
Charles Esche, Director, Van Abbemuseum


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colin chinnery
Director, Multitude Art Prize (MAP)
colin chinnery

Colin Chinnery is an artist and curator based in Beijing.  He was formerly the Director of ShContemporary, China’s largest and most important art fair. Prior to that he was Chief Curator/Deputy Director at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing.  Here he developed an artistic program that encompassed a rich variety of Chinese and international exhibitions together with film screenings, lectures, discussions, education programs and China’s first contemporary art library.

Previously, as Arts Manager for the British Council, he organized Sound and the City, inviting experimental musicians and sound artists from the UK to create public sound installationsin four major Chinese cities generating unprecedented public and media interest.

Chinnery co-founded the Complete Art Experience Project, an artists’ collective whose works were presented in several important exhibitions in China and United States, including the 2005 Guangzhou Triennial. He has also served as artistic advisor to a wide range of institutions, ranging from Tate Collections to Norman Foster’s Beijing International Airport.