BALTIC's biennial award was established to recognise artists deserving of an international platform and offers a step-change moment in their career.
Three established international artists are invited to nominate an artist in the early stages of their career, each receiving an exhibition at BALTIC, £25,000 to realise new work and a ££5,000 artist fee.
For the 2022 iteration, Otobong Nkanga has nominated Ima-Abasi Okon, Mika Rottenberg has nominated Laleh Khorramian and Hito Steyerl has nominated Fernando García-Dory.
In its 20th anniversary year, BALTIC renames the award The Vasseur BALTIC Artists’ Award, in memory of the late Isabel Vasseur, an admired figure who inspired a generation of curators and artists with her fearless approach to putting art in the public realm. Through the 2022 Award, BALTIC Legacy Patron, Vasseur continues to support the growth of contemporary art.