'COLOURS OF HUMANITY' Arts Prize 2022 shortlist announced!
The “Colours of Humanity” Arts Prize 2022 is pleased to announce its shortlist of 25 artworks.
Each shortlisted work has been selected for its unique and insightful exploration of diversity and inclusion, both at home and abroad, from the 83 artworks submitted. Established and emerging Hong Kong artists, community artists, as well as youth artists are represented in the shortlist with a diverse range of media and subject matters including but not limited to the ethnic minorities, migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong, people with mental health issues, and the LGBTQI+ community.
The selected works are by artists that come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, often with life experiences of healing and caring, who are ready to share their stories with the world under this year’s theme of ‘Colours of Humanity’. In line with the organisers’ commitment to diversity and inclusion, the judging was conducted without the jury knowing the artists’ age, experience, gender, name, or nationality.
The full shortlist is available here.
About the Arts Prize
Now in its eighth edition, the “Colours of Humanity” Arts Prize 2022 is co-hosted by Justice Centre Hong Kong and the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, and supported by the Goethe-Institut Hongkong.
As echoes of humanity at its best, art expressions provide the means to evince positive acts of people towards tragedies around the world and interweave diversely with the colours of our humanity.
Celebrating the extraordinary resilience shown by people across borders and cultures during the Covid-19 pandemic alongside conflicts in Ukraine and beyond, the “Colours of Humanity” Arts Prize is one of the few events in the city that honours arts as a lens through which we see a shared peaceful and dignified future for all, and as a catalyst for introspection, inclusivity and collective healing.
The winner of the Trained Artist, Community Artist and Team categories will each receive one of Asia’s most prestigious art awards alongside a cash prize of HKD10,000.
The InkluVision Award, supported by Goethe-Institut Hongkong, will be presented to an artwork that advocates an inclusive society without limitations and defines inspiring visions alongside a cash prize of HKD9,000.
Following its first appearance in 2020, we are pleased to have a separately judged Student Award once again for young artists to showcase their talents, where the winner will also be awarded book vouchers worth HKD1,000.
The final award category is the Justice Centre Hong Kong Choice Award, presented to the artist whose work best reflects the organisation’s mission to protect Hong Kong’s forced migrant population, with a cash prize of HKD2,500.
Exhibition & Auction
The winners of this year’s Arts Prize will be revealed at the Award Ceremony on Friday, 24 June 2022, while the Auction Night will be on Thursday, 7 July 2022.
Subject to public health rules and opening hours of the Goethe-Institut Hongkong, the exhibition will be open to the public from 25 June 2022 to 23 July 2022. Members of the public are invited to attend the bilingual, free-of-charge guided tours by the exhibition curators on 25 June and 7 July, with details provided on the online registration form.
The exhibition is curated by a leading local team and judged by an international panel of professional artists and art therapists, alongside directors of accomplished arts organisations.
As Justice Centre receives no government funding, community support is integral for the sustainability of the Arts Prize.
Proceeds will go directly to support the Prize in coming years and enable Justice Centre to do the life-changing work that we do for minority groups in Hong Kong.
Community Arts Engagement Workshops
July 2022 – June 2023
We encourage co-creative collaborative community initiatives. We are committed to providing a supportive and safe virtual environment for artists and members of the community to co-create and connect. We will be holding on-line workshops for artists and members of the community to explore the concept of inclusion and togetherness through our interactive online workshops using a variety of arts making experiences.
Details of our on-line workshops will be posted soon.
Arts Prize 2021 Virtual Walkthrough
Arts Prize 2021 Award Winners
Shared Future Award:
Winner – Terence Li, Green Walls
First Runner Up – Alexander Treves, Towards Leviathan, Together
Second Runner Up – Shawn Tang Pak Hin, Departure to Nowhere, Somewhere
Justice Centre Award:
Rebecca Hon Ngan Ting, Urban Variations No.1
Jamela Law, A Broken Vessel cannot Hold
Trinity Ro, Tears of a Refugee