Putting the heart back into art, the Justice Centre is calling for entries for the fifth annual Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize from now until October 5.
Inviting Hong Kong artists “to explore the state of human rights both at home and abroad”, the project has gained popularity since its inception, and last year saw a record-breaking number of both applicants and attendees for the exhibition of short-listed works.
The Prize aims to use the arts to raise awareness and visibility of the plight of individuals and communities in Hong Kong and beyond, and to inspire change. Previous entries have centred around freedom of expression and protest (particularly in light of the 2014 Occupy Central movement), as well as the rights of LGBT community members and ethnic minorities.
This year, the Prize is led by Peter Augustus Owen Owen, Associate Director of Galerie Perrotin, and photographer Katie Vajda, who is herself a previous winner. She walked away with the Prize in 2014 after wowing the judges with her photography project, Can you see me yet?, which focuses on domestic workers in Hong Kong.
Last year, Christy Chow was awarded the Prize for De-stitching, a multimedia piece that draws attention to the value and cost of labour in capitalist societies.
Artists are encouraged to submit works from all manner of artistic mediums. Applications are accepted until October 5, and short-listed pieces will be exhibited on December 8 at The Hive Spring in Wong Chuk Hang.
Entries are judged by a panel of experts that include renowned Hong Kong artist Kacey Wong and Claire Hsu, the co-founder of Asia Art Archive. The winner is awarded a cash prize of $35,000 and a trophy crafted by Hong Kong artist Jaffa Lam. The creators of the second and third most popular pieces are also awarded cash prizes, and a Director’s Choice award will also be announced on the night.
For more information about the open call for entries, visit the Human Rights Arts Prize website.