Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize
THE 2021 HONG KONG HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS PRIZE IS COMING!
THIS YEAR SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED ON
THE THEME OF 'SHARED FUTURE'
About the Arts Prize
This year’s theme is ‘Shared Future’. We encourage artists to explore this theme through topics including (but not limited to) ‘Life for refugees in Hong Kong’ or ‘Visions of an inclusive society’. Please refer to the terms and conditions here.
The Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize (HKHRAP), established by Justice Centre Hong Kong in 2013, has played a pivotal role in discovering and encouraging Hong Kong artists to explore the state of human rights both at home and abroad. Justice Centre envisions Hong Kong as a fair and inclusive society where even the most marginalised enjoy fundamental rights and access to justice.
The HKHRAP is open to all Hong Kong-based artists who submit artwork around the theme of human rights. Entries are judged by an esteemed panel of experts from Hong Kong’s art and visual arts community.
There are six prizes awarded. The winner of the HKHRAP 2021 will receive one of Asia’s most prestigious art awards alongside a cash prize of HKD35,000. Two runners-up will each receive prizes of HKD7,500 and HKD5,000.
We are excited to announce the first-ever InkluVision Award of HKD9,000, supported by Goethe-Institut Hongkong, for an artwork that advocates an inclusive society without limitations and defines inspiring visions. The Justice Centre Hong Kong Choice Award of HKD 2,5000 will be presented to the artist whose work best reflects the organisation’s mission.
Following its first in 2020, we are pleased to have a separately judged Student Award again, which is open to Hong Kong-based secondary or high school students to showcase their talents.
In addition to playing a longstanding role in unearthing artistic talent in the city, the HKHRAP has successfully engaged the civic imagination and established itself as an important cultural platform in Hong Kong. Since its launch, the HKHRAP has encouraged meaningful dialogue about the state of human rights both at home and abroad. Previous fringe events have included artist discussions and the 2017 Hong Kong premiere of Ai Wei Wei’s film, Human Flow.
Previous winners have included Elva Lai with her photography project entitled ‘Family Photo Album: Washing‘ conveyed Hong Kong’s shared history as refugees; Christy Chow with her installation ‘De-stitching’ part of a larger series looking at the value of labour in a capitalist society; Filipino photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani; Katie 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.
As Justice Centre receives no government funding, community support is integral for the sustainability of the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize.
All proceeds will go directly to support the HKHRAP in coming years and enable Justice Centre to do the life-changing work that we do for refugees, asylum seekers and other forced migrants in Hong Kong.