PULSE Clinic, Asia’s leading sexual healthcare provider, with clinics across the region, announced today the International Jury that will select the winners for the inaugural PULSE Awards open to entrants from Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. This year’s theme is “Sexual Health MatterPULSE Clinic, Asia’s leading lifestyle clinic, believes that a healthy society recognises and supports an individual’s potential. To provide a platform for new and emerging contemporary artists in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, PULSE clinic has launched the inaugural PULSE Awards: The Art for Life, a competition for artists to submit their works based on the theme Sexual Health Matters!”
And the jury members are …
Richard Koh, founder of Richard Koh Fine Arts and Richard Koh Projects with galleries in Singapore, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur.
Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, an independent scholar and curator of Southeast Asian contemporary art based in Bangkok.
Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch, a leading Thai artist from Ratchaburi, Thailand. He made his name through ceramic art but is also known for his photography, sculpture, installations, and public art.
Lisa Botos, curator, art advisor, and cultural strategist based in Singapore.
Dr. Natthakhet Yaemim, also known as Dr. Deyn, is the founder of PULSE, a pan-Asian sexual health-focused network of clinics and services in Asia, and a researcher from Maastricht University, Netherlands.
(Check out the full bios here).
In response to being named as a jury member, Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani said, “I am pleased to be one of the judges for this year’s PULSE Awards— an initiative that has at its core the wellbeing of the people, especially critical as the pandemic unravels around us. It is of utter importance to foster health awareness in SEA as we must reach out to the less privileged and support them in fighting against illnesses and social marginalisation. I trust this initiative will mark the first step in the right direction.”
“It is an honour to be a part of such an important initiative and I am more than happy to support this cause as it aims to take the stigma away from a vital issue in Asia. As a member of the jury panel, I am very excited to see what new and emerging artists will create around such a relevant and critical theme,” Richard added.
The PULSE Awards finalist exhibition will be held at the new PULSE Gallery spaces in Bangkok in the lead-up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, 2021 when the winners will be announced. The selected works will be auctioned for the Singapore-based charity Foundation for Life. Fifty percent of the auction proceeds will be donated to the Singapore-based Foundation For Life to support the testing and treatment of individuals and communities. The remaining 50% raised will go to the artists. Additionally, two winners in their respective categories will win prize money.
PULSE clinic founder and CEO Dr. Deyn Natthakhet Yaemim concluded, “We at PULSE Clinic believe that a healthy society recognises and supports an individual’s potential. We, therefore, invite emerging artists in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong to think about what sexual health means to them and express their creativity through the inaugural PULSE Awards. Together we can raise awareness on sexual health, remove stigma towards the LGBTQ+ community and normalise society’s attitudes towards sex and sexuality.”
For more information on the PULSE Awards, including the criteria, prizes, and submission guidelines, visit the Call To Artists page.
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