F ollowing the application deadline each year, the jury members review the applications individually, noting their thoughts on each and identifying those they wish to discuss during the jury meeting.
The jury meets in person in New York each September. During these discussions, which take place over two days, they look at the curatorial merits of each application, discussing in detail the contribution each project will make to the field. They also review the budget of each application, applying their own experience of organising exhibitions to assess the viability of each proposal.
“The Sotheby’s Prize represents an important prompt for curators, exhibition organisers and institutions to think not only ambitiously, but also to bring fresh insight to missing puzzles in the development of art across the world. What is significant about the Prize is its global view, and the value it places on expanding the critical ground of curatorial research regardless of historical period. This has brought some exciting projects to the jury’s attention.”The late Okwui Enwezor, Sotheby’s Prize juror 2017-18
Over the course of each meeting, they meticulously whittle the applications down to a shortlist, ensuring that each proposal is judged on a level basis.
Deliberations are conducted in a spirit of enthusiasm, curiosity and frankness. There are often differences of opinion, but these are met with respect and open-mindedness, and always lead to new perspectives and discoveries.
The winner and commended projects are announced in November each year.