Swiss Emerging Artist Prize

Societe Generale Private Banking Switzerland is committed to young Swiss contemporary artists with the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize, which aims to support and give visibility to local emerging talents.

This prize, created in 2018, rewards an artist aged 35 or younger who has developed a coherent and original artistic approach in one or more of the following fields: painting, photography, sculpture, installation, drawing and video.

The 15 eligible participants for the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize are proposed by independent curators (see the participants of the 2022 edition below). Coming from German-, French- and Italian-speaking Switzerland, they reflect the cultural diversity of the country and illustrate the reputation of Swiss art schools.

The jury composed of Andrea Bellini (Director of the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève), Giovanni Carmine (Director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen), Bettina Steinbrügge (Director of the Mudam Luxembourg), Kabelo Malatsie (Director of the Kunsthalle Bern) and Laurent Issaurat (Head of Art Banking activities of Societe Generale Private Banking), revealed the name of the winner of the 2022 edition during a gala evening organized at the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève: Deborah Joyce Holman.

For this 3rd edition of the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize, we wanted to offer even more visibility to the artists. Thanks to a partnership with the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, an exhibition of recent works by the 5 finalists of the Prize has be shown there. Andrea Bellini, director of the Center, will curate the exhibition. 

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Meet the previous winners of the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize


Lorenza Longhi was the winner of the 2020 edition of the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize

Through her painting and installation practice, Lorenza Longhi explores the codes of our social environment. She perverts the norms of consumer society by using found
materials and handmade techniques to recreate the settings and advertisements that form our daily lives.

The 2020 jury was particularly impressed by the rigor and clarity of her artistic practice, her complex cultural referencing, and her unique approach to space and architecture: "Lorenza Longhi demonstrates an originality and maturity of practice that is very promising for the future.

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Hannah Weinberger, winner of the first edition of the Prize

Through the use of music and sound performance, Hannah Weinberger creates audio and visual atmospheres. By integrating these compositions into videos or sculptural elements, she creates unique environments. Furthermore, she invites the viewer to take part in immersive and participative experiences.

Elena Filipovic, Director of the Kunsthalle Basel and member of the jury, commented: “We were thrilled to be able to agree on the exceptional merit of Hannah Weinberger, an artist who has articulated a clear aesthetic vocabulary and a maturity beyond her years, for this first Societe Generale Private Banking Switzerland art prize.”