PRESS RELEASE: Artist Yi-Chun Lin Announced as Recipient of Aspen Online Art Award

9 May 2014
Yi-Chun Lin, Animation still, 2014. Image courtesy the artist.
Yi-Chun Lin, Animation still, 2014. Image courtesy the artist.

Yi-Chun Lin has been announced today as the recipient of the Aspen Online Art Award 2014. Launched by Aspen in association with the Contemporary Art Society, this unique award is the first student award for commissioning online art in the UK. Selected from a shortlist of eight artists, Yi-Chun will create a new work for Aspen’s renowned art collection and will benefit from the close support of Aspen, the Contemporary Art Society and Aspen website designers, True Digital.

Aspen’s involvement with the prize and with online art, a rapidly emerging field within contemporary art, represents Aspen’s commitment to the most cutting-edge creative practice. The award also reflects the Contemporary Art Society’s mission to identify and support emerging artists in the UK and to provide a platform to showcase important new work for the benefit of audiences across the country.

The shortlisted artists for 2014 included: Matthew Edwards (Camberwell College of Art), Svenja Frahm (London College of Communication), Hilde Krohn Huse (Slade School of Fine Art), Sheng Li (Duncan of Jordanstone College), Yi-Chun Li (London College of Communication), Russell Miller (Camberwell College of Arts), Cheryl Simmons (Slade School of Fine Art) and Milou van der Maaden(Slade School of Fine Art).

Each graduate student was nominated by their Course Director or Head of School. The new commission will be developed over the summer months and will be visible on the Aspen Award site by September 2014.

Fabienne Nicholas, Head of Art Consultancy at the Contemporary Art Society, said: “Aspen and the Contemporary Art Society have been working together for over a year to develop this award. The Aspen Online Art Award is testament to the company’s commitment to supporting artists. Engaging with UK Universities and creating this innovative online commission opportunity, Aspen is helping eight graduate artists to take that first step in developing a market for their work. Yi-Chun Lin will receive a commission fee of £4,000 to develop his online artwork for the Aspen Collection. The Contemporary Art Society is proud to support this process, which reflects our own mission for building collections, audiences and opportunities for contemporary art.”

Chris O’Kane, Chief Executive Officer of Aspen said“We are passionate about supporting artists, especially those whose creativity and innovation are an integral part of their work. We are proud to be assisting an emerging generation of artists through the Aspen Online Art Award at a time when support of the arts by business is critical.”

For more information on the award, visit

For all press enquiries, contact: 

Fabienne Nicholas, Head of Art Consultancy, Contemporary Art Society +44 (0)20 7017 8409

Michael Davenport, Communications Associate, Aspen +44 (0)20 7184 8132


Notes to Editors:


The Contemporary Art Society is a national charity that encourages an appreciation and understanding of contemporary art in the UK. With the help of our members and supporters we raise funds to purchase works by new artists which we give to museums and public galleries where they are enjoyed by a national audience; we broker significant and rare works of art by important artists of the twentieth century for public collections through our networks of patrons and private collectors; we establish relationships to commission artworks and promote contemporary art in public spaces; and we devise programmes of displays, artist talks and educational events. Since 1910 we have donated over 8,000 works to museums and public galleries – from Bacon, Freud, Hepworth and Moore in their day through to the influential artists of our own times – championing new talent, supporting curators, and encouraging philanthropy and collecting in the UK.


The Contemporary Art Society’s Consultancy team offers independent and expert advice on public art commissioning and cultural strategy and develop outstanding contemporary art collections for companies and private individuals. With over 30 years of experience in commissioning, curating and project management, our skill is in understanding each client’s needs and creating visionary linkages to the best in contemporary art.  We advise on corporate and private collections internationally and our recent public art projects include major commissions for the Olympic Park, public art strategies for Camden Town, the University of Cambridge and the Waterways Trust.