Kiran is one of 25 shortlisted, chosen from over 740 artists. Her entry explores the veil as a mask that hides the subject’s identity.
The shortlist includes artists from Europe, Iran, China, India, South Africa, North, Central and South America who are working across sculpture, digital, painting, photography and other art forms.
The prizes will be awarded to three of these artists in the final stage of the competition. The winners will be announced in June 2016.
Kiran said: “I feel honoured to have been shortlisted for such an incredible prize. The aim of my work is to bring awareness to the issue of gender inequality and it feels amazing that my work is believed in – I can’t quite believe that I have been shortlisted from 750 to the final 25.
“It is the first worldwide competition that I have been shortlisted for so it was against artist from other countries which makes it that even more special to me that the judges thought my work stood out.”
Judge Dr David Bellingham, MA Art Business Programme Director at Sotheby’s Institute, added: “The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is in its second year and the entries continue to astound me with the amount of unexposed creative and technical talent out there. The Prize succeeds in bringing the best of these into the public gaze.”
Kiran graduated from AUB last year and won the Float Art prize in October last year. She will receive her prize and give a talk at Searcys restaurant at the Gherkin in London this Sunday.
The event is organised by FloatArt and will include a silent auction.