Nokia art contest finalists selected

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 December, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 December, 2000, 12:00am

Five students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong have been selected to represent the SAR at the Nokia Arts Awards - Asia Pacific 2000.

The selection was done after a competition with the theme: Playground of Your Imagination.

The competition attracted 50 entries from students aged between 18 and 25. It aimed to encourage young artists to explore the imagination and communicate their ideas through art.

The five selected finalists were fine arts students Tang Siu- nam, Lam Tung-pang, Law Man- lok, Helen Au Hoi-lam, all 21, and Chan Sai-lok, 22.

Ms Au's artwork, Scattering Lightness, was inspired by a dream. She said the canvas was a place, like a playground, which allowed her to visualise and re- organise her dream.

Mr Lam's piece, Something about painting No 1, featured a cloned sheep. He said even though there were ethical concerns about cloning technology, he preferred to take a positive view.

Mr Chan's contribution was Nothing's Good; Nothing's Bad.

Imagination for Mr Chan was something that was based on one's past experience and memories. Therefore, his work was full of personal symbols that only he could understand.

Mr Tang's artwork was called The Zoo.

He said for him, the playground was a place for fun and freedom.

Mr Law's piece was A Mature Baby is Looking for the Playground of the Judges Imagination. He aimed to question the value of competition.

'There should be no limitation for creativity,' he said.

'However, when you take part in a competition, you have to be bound by regulations.

The art competition was held in 14 countries in the Asia Pacific region.

The final competition would be held in Seoul in January.

The winner will receive a grant to attend a five-week intensive course at the Parsons School of Design in New York and another eight weeks at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland.