The Reina Sofia Museum is eager to engage with the Multitude Art Prize (MAP) project, since it coincides with our concern with emerging cultural forms and artistic practices in the wider contemporary geopolitical context. The Reina Sofía Museum considers MAP as a relevant contribution to the issues which the L’Internationale network is addressing and will support the proposed programme of lectures and debates."
Manuel Borja-Villel, Director, Museo Nacional VCentro de Arte Reina Sofia

Director


Colin Chinnery is an artist and curator based in Beijing. He was Director in 2009 and 2010 of ShContemporary Art Fair in Shanghai, China’s largest contemporary art fair. Before that, Chinnery was Chief Curator/Deputy Director at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing, where he was instrumental in setting up China’s first major contemporary art institution. Between 2003 and 2006, as Arts Manager for the British Council in Beijing, he initiated major projects in experimental theatre, live art, sound art and visual arts, bringing a wider public into contact with experimental practice.

An active artist in his own right, Chinnery co-founded the Complete Art Experience Project (2005-6), an artists’ collective whose works were presented in several important exhibitions in China and United States, including the 2005 Guangzhou Triennial. Chinnery has also served as artistic advisor to a wide range of institutions and events, ranging from Tate Collections to Norman Foster’s Beijing International Airport.

"There cannot be one understanding of Asia as each of its cultural regions are in constant political, cultural and economic flux. What does this state of flux mean for new cultural ideas to emerge and how can different regions of Asia take inspiration from each other? As a cultural producer based in Asia, this is one of the most interesting questions to explore. Consequently, the Multitude Art Prize has been established to provide an annual platform from which meaningful dialogue and unique exhibitions can be created, opening up new potential for artists and audiences alike."