Justice Centre Presents 2017 Shortlist for Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize

November 26, 2017 by Laura Gomez

Justice Centre Hong Kong’s annual Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize (HKHRAP) has received a record-breaking 162 thought-provoking visual submissions under the topic of international human rights. The winner of the HKHRAP 2017 will be announced at Blindspot Gallery on 9 December at an exhibition opening and silent auction, featuring over 25 shortlisted works available for purchase. The exhibition and silent auction will be open to the public through 16 December from 10am-6pm except Sunday and Monday.

Since the launch by Justice Centre Hong Kong in 2013, the HKHRAP has played a pivotal role in discovering new talent and encouraging Hong Kong-based artists to explore the state of human rights both at home and abroad.

“We’ve seen the highest number of entries in the history of the prize. It seems to have captured the imagination of the city. We hope that the prize will represent a reflection of the state of human rights both here in HK and in the global context through Hong Kong’s eyes,” says Katie Vajda, Co-Director of the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize.

This is the first year the prize has been opened to all mediums and narrowing down the shortlist entries was challenging. “The entries include a full spectrum of visual arts represented, from film and video work to sculpture. Photography and painting continue to be well represented this year. The quality of each piece was superb and the shortlist judging was very close” says Peter Augustus Owen, Co-Director of the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize.

At the 9 December opening of the exhibition, the winner will be announced and will receive one of Asia’s most prestigious art award packages featuring a cash prize of HK$ 35,000 and an exclusive trophy, hand-forged by Hong Kong artist and judge, Kacey Wong. Two runners-up and a Director’s Choice recipient will also receive awards.

Each of the works will be available for purchase through a silent auction bidding system with all of the proceeds going to the respective artists and to support the important non-profit work of Justice Centre Hong Kong.

“We hope the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize allows us to engage with more sectors of the community, working with artists, institutions, the education sector, media, galleries and corporates, while raising awareness and much-needed funds for the front-line work of Justice Centre Hong Kong,” says Piya Muqit, Executive Director of Justice Centre Hong Kong.

Entries are judged by an esteemed panel of experts from Hong Kong’s art and business community including Claire Hsu, the co-founder of Asia Art Archive; Elaine W. Ng, publisher and editor-in-chief of ArtAsiaPacific magazine; Kacey Wong, noted Hong Kong artist; David Schacht, VP of Global Initiatives for National Geographic Society; and Cosmin Costinas, Para Site Executive Director/Curator.

Justice Centre Hong Kong is proud to announce the Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize 2017 (HKHRAP). Established in 2013, the HKHRAP has played a pivotal role in discovering and encouraging Hong Kong-based artists to explore the state of human rights both at home and abroad.

The prize is open to all Hong Kong-based visual artists who submit artwork around the theme of local or international human rights. Recurring themes in artworks exhibited and auctioned in previous years include the Occupy movement, homelessness, the plight of refugees, forced labour, ethnic minorities and LGBT rights.

Entries for the 2017 HKHRAP have now closed.

Entries are judged by an esteemed panel of experts from Hong Kong’s art and visual arts community (details below).

The winner of the HKHRAP 2017 will be announced at an exhibition opening hosted by our event partner, Blindspot Gallery, featuring shortlisted work on 9 December 2017 and will run through 16 December. The winner will receive one of Asia’s most prestigious art award packages featuring a cash prize of HK$35,000 and an exclusive trophy, forged by Hong Kong artist and judge, Kacey Wong. Two runners-up and a Directors’ Choice recipient will also receive awards.

Curator: André Chan, independent curator and writer

Directors Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2017/2018
• Katie Vajda: Hong Kong-based artist / previous winner of HKHRAP (2014)
Peter Augustus Owen, arts writer and photographer

Prize Announcement
Date: 9 December 2017 (Exhibition open to 16th December; Closed Sunday and Monday)
Location: Blindspot Gallery, Wong Chuk Hang

Blindspot Gallery
15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building,
28 Wong Chuk Hang Road,
Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong

www.justicecentre.org.hk