Unseen and ING launch ING Unseen Talent Award

Unseen and ING are proud to announce the first edition of the ING Unseen Talent Award.

The ING Unseen Talent Award is a joint initiative by Unseen and ING to provide young photography talent from the Benelux with an international platform. One of the main aims of the award is to support young talent at the beginning of their career and to share their work with a broad audience. The sharing of knowledge, network and expertise forms an important part of this award.

Sanne ten Brink, head curator of the ING Collection

The ING Unseen Talent Award enables new photography talent to kick start their career. This goes further than just financial help. It gives young artists what they really need: a platform, a network and expertise.

New international platform

ING Art Management and Unseen have selected five exceptional finalists from a list of talented artists:

From left to right, back row: Sebastian Bonin, Marcel Feil (Foam Amsterdam), Rineke Dijkstra (talent coach); front row: Lara Gasparotto, Olya Oleinic and Sophie Jung © Milan Vermeulen Fotografie

From left to right, back row: Sebastian Bonin, Marcel Feil (Foam Amsterdam), Rineke Dijkstra (talent coach); front row: Lara Gasparotto, Olya Oleinic and Sophie Jung © Milan Vermeulen Fotografie

These artists are rewarded with a special empowerment programme where they get to produce work for the ING Collection, with this year’s theme of ‘Who are we here for?’. The programme consists of coaching sessions by internationally established artist Rineke Dijkstra and a variety of workshops with professionals from the world of photography.

The finalists were nominated by a committee of photography professionals from the Benelux: Frits Gierstberg (curator, Dutch Photography Museum, Rotterdam), Kaat Celis (chief of photography, De Morgen, and founder of arts management company Sluitertijd), Sanne ten Brink (head curator, ING Collection), Duncan Forbes (director and curator, Winterthur Museum of Photography), Paul di Felice (co-director and curator of Café Crème edition and the European Month of Photography, Luxembourg ).

Coaching session by Rineke Dijkstra

After the first selection of talents to take part in the ING Unseen Talent Award, the first coaching session was held on 1 July at Foam, Amsterdam. The session started with a personal tour by Marcel Feil, assistant director of Art Affairs for Foam. Besides general information about exhibitions, he also further explained why certain choices are made and how exhibitions are put together. The talents then began their first coaching session under the direction of Rineke Dijkstra. During this session, the artists discussed their portfolios and developed ideas for the work that will ultimately be produced for ING.

Rineke Dijkstra (left) and Sébastian Bonin during the first coaching session at Foam Amsterdam © Milan Vermeulen Fotografie

Rineke Dijkstra (left) and Sébastian Bonin during the first coaching session at Foam Amsterdam © Milan Vermeulen Fotografie

First coaching session at Foam Amsterdam © Milan Vermeulen Fotografie

First coaching session at Foam Amsterdam © Milan Vermeulen Fotografie

Announcement of the winner

The winner of the ING Unseen Talent Award 2015 will be announced by an international jury on Thursday 17 September, the official opening day of the Unseen Photo Fair. The winning artist will receive a project fund valued at €10,000. The winner of the audience prize, as decided by online vote at the beginning of September, will also be announced at that time. This winner will receive a commission to produce new work for the ING Collection.

The works by the talents will be exhibited at the Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, which will run from 18 to 20 September 2015.

New initiative for young talent

Sanne ten Brink, head curator of the ING Collection: “The ING Unseen Talent Award enables new photography talent to kick start their career. This goes further than just financial help. It gives young artists what they really need: a platform, a network and expertise. The chief aim is to make young artists more professional so they can develop themselves to the best of their artistic ability.”

The ING Unseen Talent Award is a new initiative for supporting young talent. ING hopes that the initiative grows in the Benelux to become an award recognised internationally.

More about the ING Collection

About ING

ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base offering banking services via ING Bank to more than 32 million private, corporate and institutional customers in more than 40 countries. ING also has a significant interest in NN Group N.V., a listed insurance company.
With its 53,000 diverse employees, ING works on its objective to empower people to stay a step ahead in life and in business.

About Unseen

Unseen is the international photography fair for undiscovered photography talent and unseen work by established artists. Unseen is a fair that feels like a festival. Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, 18-20 September 2015

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