Justice Centre Hong Kong now accepting entries for the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2018

The Prize invites Hong Kong-based artists to explore the state of human rights at home and abroad


(Hong Kong – 7 August 2018) Justice Centre Hong Kong today announces the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2018 (HKHRAP) is open for entries through 5 October 2018. Open to all Hong Kong-based and Hong Kong born visual artists, the HKHRAP invites creatives to submit work in any medium exploring the theme of local or international human rights. Participants can enter free of charge by visiting

The HKHRAP 2018 follows a record-breaking 2017 edition, which saw the highest number of entries and exhibition attendance in the history of the prize. In addition to playing a pivotal 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 by Justice Centre Hong Kong in 2013, the HKHRAP has encouraged meaningful dialogue about the state of human rights both at home and abroad.

Winners of the HKHRAP 2018 will be announced at an exhibition opening featuring all shortlisted work on Saturday, 8 December, at The Hive Spring. A new platform for the arts in Hong Kong and backed by generous support from Spring Workshop, The Hive Spring offers sponsorship for selected artists and non-profit organisations. The winning artist of the HKHRAP 2018 will receive one of Asia’s most prestigious art award packages, with a cash prize of HKD35,000 and a trophy created by leading Hong Kong artist Jaffa Lam. Two runners-up will also receive cash prizes, each of which have been sponsored by a private donor. A Directors’ Choice Award will also be awarded on the night. Entries are judged by a panel of noted experts from Hong Kong’s art and business community, including Claire Hsu, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Asia Art Archive (AAA), and Kacey Wong, a prominent Hong Kong-based artist. Hsu and Wong have both been advisors to the prize since inception in 2013.

“We are excited to open entries for the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2018,” says HKHRAP Co-director Katie Vajda. “Now in its fifth year, and following a record-breaking edition in 2017, the HKHRAP offers a platform for artists to create work without boundaries to magnify the impact and exposure of their stories. With human rights increasingly in the media spotlight, I look forward to seeing how Hong Kong artists will explore this critical issue.”

The HKHRAP strives to engage with all sectors of the community, working with artists, institutions, the education sector, media, galleries and corporates to raise awareness and funds for the front-line work of Justice Centre Hong Kong. A non-profit human rights organisation, Justice Centre Hong Kong works fearlessly to protect the rights of our most vulnerable community members, bringing their voices into the public debate. They also provide people seeking protection in Hong Kong with free and independent legal and psychosocial assistance.

“Justice Centre began the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize in 2013 as a platform for the arts community in Hong Kong to visually express the plight of the city’s most marginalised people, raising public awareness of our work and the issues our service-users face day to day. We are excited to see how this is articulated in this year’s entries,” says Piya Muqit, Executive Director, Justice Centre Hong Kong.

HKHRAP 2018 Key Dates

Entries open 7 August through 11:59pm, Friday, 5 October 2018

No fee to enter.

Artworks in all mediums are accepted Shortlist announced following 5 October

Winner announced and exhibition opening on Saturday, 8 December 2018 at The Hive Spring

The Hive Spring

3/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Directors HKHRAP 2018

Katie Vajda: Hong Kong-based artist / Photographer / previous winner of HKHRAP (2014)

Peter Augustus Owen: Associate Director, Perrotin

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