Paloma Digital Art Awards Launched; Calling for Entries

Learn about Galeria Paloma’s Paloma Digital Art Awards 2023, which is currently accepting entries until August 15, 2023.

Galeria Paloma Digital Awards
  • Galería Paloma has launched the Paloma Digital Art Awards 2023, accepting entries for its inaugural competition.
  • The competition is open to Filipino citizens aged 18 and above; the submission deadline is August 15, and winners will be announced on September 30.
  • Galeria Paloma and Artivive are hosting a free Zoom workshop on July 20, 2023, titled “Perspectives: Creating Augmented Reality for Your Artwork,” led by Karin Gutmaher, Artivive Project Manager.

Art gallery Galería Paloma recently announced the launch of its inaugural Paloma Digital Art Awards 2023, and is now accepting entries. 

Paloma Digital Art Awards 2023

Inspired by a quote from Jose Rizal, Philippine national hero, the theme for this year’s art contest is “The Past Holds the Future, the Future Holds the Past.”

In a media release, the gallery stated its intention to make the competition an annual event. 

PDAA Official Poster (Square) (1)

The contest is divided into several categories, including Solo Artist (Still Work and Video Work) and Group/Collaboration (Still Work and Video Work). 

The competition is open to Filipino citizens aged 18 and above. According to Galeria Paloma, foreigners may also join through the group/collaboration categories as long as one member of the group is a Filipino.

PDAA will accept submissions until August 15, while the announcement of winners will be on September 30.

Additionally, artworks that use augmented reality (AU) via Artivive, an app that allows users to integrate AU to digital content, will also have the opportunity to be included in an exhibition to be held at the Artivive Gallery in Vienna, Austria.

The winners of each category will receive a cash prize of ₱50,000, gifts from the awards’ sponsors, and opportunities to have their artworks included in future exhibitions. 

The gallery has partnered with Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Artivive, Artelano-11, and Palladium for the competition.

Competition Judges

Galeria Paloma has chosen six judges for the 2023 Digital Art Awards, representing both traditional and digital art.

The judges are as follows:

  • Kenny Schachter – A multi-disciplinary artist and columnist for Artnet.com.
  • Talenia Phua-Gajardo – The CEO and founder of TheArtling.com, an international art and design consultancy firm and online gallery that showcases thousands of artists worldwide.
  • Michelle Gray – The CEO and founder of Culture Vault, a web3 curated digital art platform, marketplace, and creative agency.
  • Trickie Lopa – The co-founder of Art Fair Philippines and Art in the Park.
  • Aj Dimarucot – An art director, artist, and graphic designer who has collaborated with numerous international brands, including Nike and the NFL.
  • Eric Paras – A designer and the founder of Artelano-11.

For full mechanics, visit www.galeriapaloma.com/pdaa.

Zoom Workshop

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Galeria Paloma and Artivive are organizing a free Zoom workshop entitled “Perspectives: Creating Augmented Reality for Your Artwork” in conjunction with the competition. 

The workshop, scheduled for Thursday, July 20, 2023, will be led by Karin Gutmaher, Artivive Project Manager. The workshop aims to educate artists on the process of incorporating an augmented reality layer into their physical or digital artworks. 

Artists who are interested in participating can join the workshop by accessing the following URL: tinyurl.com/artxpaloma.

Galeria Paloma Web3 Initiatives

It is a prominent gallery that has showcased digital or non-fungible token (NFT) art and phygital craft through exhibitions in accessible locations, and has represented notable Filipino digital artists. 

Galeria Paloma started venturing into the web3 space since 2022. In September, it participated in the CryptoArt Week Asia (CAWA), a festival of art, music, performance, and experiences powered by the blockchain and Asia’s underground creative community. During CAWA, it curated digital artworks of 12 artists from the Philippines and Singapore and launched their exhibit 1/1.

In November, the gallery launched its educational initiative, Perspectives, a series of talks and panel discussions about art. The panel discussions are available online and viewable on Galeria Paloma’s website and YouTube channel.

In its first panel discussion, the gallery highlighted the transformative impact of blockchain technology on the art world. Galeria Paloma emphasized that prior to blockchain, digital art lacked verifiable ownership and authenticity, which undermined its collectible value.

Further, Galeria Paloma debuted at the 10th Art Fair Philippines in Makati last February. It curated an exhibition titled ‘p a r a / / e l,’ which explores the emerging links and similarities between traditional physical art and digital/new media art.

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