Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize

Established in 2013, the Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize (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 run annually and 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 are judged by an esteemed panel of experts from Hong Kong’s art and visual arts community (details of the 2017 judging panel below).

Please see the HKHRAP instagram for images of HKHRAP artworks, events and updates on next year’s HKHRAP

The winner of the HKHRAP 2017 was announced at an exhibition opening hosted by our event partner, Blindspot Gallery, featuring shortlisted work on 9 December 2017. Two runners-up and a Directors’ Choice recipient also received awards. This year Christy Chow was selected as the winner, with Jennifer Lai Cing Yan taking second runner up and Isaac Chong Wai first runner up. Magus Yuen was awarded the Directors’ Choice award.

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. 


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

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