Human Rights Arts Prize celebrates the power of art as a catalyst for social change
- 33 works by emerging and established Hong Kong artists have been shortlisted for this year’s prize, the theme for which is “Shared Future”
- The winner will be announced on June 8. Shortlisted artworks will go on show at the Goethe-Institut Hongkong until June 30
Artists have long played powerful roles in social movements, with the click of a camera or stroke of a paintbrush having the potential to bring about social change.
It is for this reason that the Justice Centre Hong Kong, a non-profit human rights organisation, set up the Human Rights Arts Prize, an annual event that celebrates the power of art as a catalyst for social change. Now in its seventh year, the 2021 event – themed “Shared Future” – is co-hosted by the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, with support from the Goethe-Institut Hongkong.
The selected works are by artists hailing from diverse ethnic backgrounds, including refugees. In keeping with the Justice Centre Hong Kong’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, judging for the shortlist was done blind, with the jury not given access to the artists’ age, experience, gender, name or nationality.
The winner receives a cash prize of HK$35,000 (US$4,500) with two runners up receiving HK$7,500 and HK$5,000, respectively. Among the other prizes are the InkluVision Award, which recognises an inclusive society, and a student category.
The winner will be announced on June 8 and exhibited works will be available for purchase via auction, with 80 per cent of all proceeds supporting the centre.
Shortlisted artworks will also go on show at the Goethe-Institut Hongkong until June 30, with a virtual walk-through of the exhibition accessible via the Justice Centre Hong Kong and Goethe-Institut Hongkong’s websites.
For more information, visit justicecentre.org.hk.