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Arts & Culture: Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2021 opens for entries, themed around “Shared Future” to explore the complexity of migration & human rights

HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2021 is now open for entries until 15 April  2021. This year’s theme is “Shared Future”. We are also excited to announce the first-ever InkluVision Award, supported by Goethe-Institut Hongkong, for an artwork that advocates an inclusive society without  limitations and defines inspiring visions. A shortlist of artworks will be announced in late April and winners  will be announced at the opening of the exhibition of the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2021. 

Now in its seventh edition, the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2021 is presented by Justice Centre  Hong Kong and the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, and supported by the Goethe Institut Hongkong. Shortlisted artworks will be showcased in an exhibition open to the public at the Goethe Institut HongKong throughout June 2021 with details to be announced shortly. 

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Echoing the United Nations’ Global Compact for Migration, the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2021  calls on Hong Kong-based artists to consider the theme of “Shared Future” to explore the complexity of  migration issues and intersecting human rights issues.  

In 2015, Justice Centre launched #SharedPasts, a storytelling project and the result of a collaboration between Justice Centre Hong Kong and photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani. The exhibition told the story of  16 individuals: refugees currently seeking protection in Hong Kong as well as descendants of refugees brought together through a common narrative of resilience and survival in the face of persecution and conflict. The Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2021 now looks to the future to complement this exploration of Hong Kong’s refugee past. 

With the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2021, we once again honour the extraordinary resilience shown by all forced migrants and hope to shed light on a shared peaceful, dignified future for migrants and all. 

“The Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize, established by Justice Centre Hong Kong in 2013, has played a  pivotal role in providing a platform for Hong Kong artists to explore the state of human rights and engage the wider public in conversation on issues which are of relevance globally, including the rights of refugees,  the impact of climate change, and the importance of an inclusive society,” says Melanie McLaren,  Executive Director of Justice Centre Hong Kong. “We aim to continue to provide a platform for artists to  share how they interpret and translate human right issues and offer a unique way to share the stories of  those whose voices are not often heard.” 

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The Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize is one of the few events in the city that honours the power of art  as a catalyst for social change, dissent and the defence of human dignity. The winner of the Prize 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, respectively. The InkluVision Award, supported by  Goethe-Institut Hongkong, will be presented to an artwork that advocates an inclusive society without  limitations and defines inspiring visions alongside a cash prize of HKD9,000. Following its first in 2020, we  are pleased to once again have a separately judged student category again for young artists to showcase  their talents. The final award category is the Justice Centre Hong Kong Choice Award, presented to the  artist whose work best reflects the organisation’s mission to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most  vulnerable with a cash prize of HKD2,500. 

The Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize continues to engage all sectors of the community and works with artists, institutions, media, galleries and corporates to raise funds for the front-line non-profit human rights  work of Justice Centre Hong Kong. Established as the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre in 2007, Justice  Centre Hong Kong engages both direct services and policy work to support, defend, and protect refugees,  asylum seekers and other forced migrants in our city, with the ultimate aim to help realise a fairer, just, and  equitable Hong Kong.

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