Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2017

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.

“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.

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. Please check our social media for updates on the shortlisted works

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.

Prize Announcement and Private View Details

Date: 9 December 2017 (exhibition open to 15th December)

Location: Blindspot Gallery, Wong Chuk Hang

Time: 4:30 -7:30 (prize announcement at 5:30pm)

Cost: $250 donation on the door

Finalist artworks will be available to purchase through silent auction and the shortlisted pieces and limited edition prints will be also available for sale

Previous winners have included Filipino photographer Xyza Cruz BacaniKatie Vajda, for her series on domestic workers in Hong Kong and Ducky Chi Tak, with his piece, 3D Jobs, which deals with ethnic minority and labour rights. Check out the winning pieces in our last event – Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2015.

For enquiries, please email artsprize@justicecentre.org.hk.



Claire Hsu – Co-Founder and Executive Director, Asia Art Archive (AAA)

Cosmin Costinas – Executive Director / Curator, Para Site

David Schacht – Vice President. Global Initiatives, National Geographic Society

Elaine Ng – Publisher and Editor in Chief ArtAsiaPacific

Dr. Kacey Wong – Hong Kong based artist


The HKHRAP 2017 is lead by Hong Kong-based artist and 2014 Arts Prize winner Katie Vajda (@katievajda)  and Peter Augustus Owen (@peteraugustus), associate publisher of ArtAsiaPacific magazine.


The HKHRAP 2017 is generously supported by the following partners:

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