Friday, 14 September, 2012

Three members of the Hong Kong Young Artist 2012 Judging Panel met this week to select 29 works from the 81 paintings submitted to enter the next round. The art prize has generated excitement among local artists aged 35 years and under, to enter an original painting for this prize, pioneered by the Asia Contemporary Art Show (Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, October 4th – 7th). “Ours was a very difficult task,” said Adrian Wong, head of the Judging Panel. “We were staggered to receive 81 entrants for the Hong Kong Young Artist 2012, and delighted at the quality and breadth of works. It was not easy to narrow down 81 works to 29, and will be even harder to select the ten finalists and from there the “Grand Prize” winner when the full Judging Panel meets again on 22 September. There is an immense amount of largely un-recognized talent among young artists in Hong Kong.”

The Grand Prize winner will receive a cash prize of HKD50,000, and the winner of the popular People’s Prize – voted on Facebook – will received a cash prize of HKD25,000. The prizes will be awarded at a gala event at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong on 4 October, and the two prize winners and the other finalists will be displayed on the Mezzanine Level of the hotel from 24 September to 14 October. Mark Saunderson, Director of the Asia Contemporary Art Show, said, “The art prize was conceived as our way of supporting and recognizing young talent in Hong Kong. We expected to receive 30 or so serious entries, so were delighted at the level of interest from young artists. Even more important is the quality of works submitted, which is beyond expectations. “We are encouraged to think that the Hong Kong Young Artist Prize will become a coveted accolade, and will shortly be announcing the details of next year’s program.
The full judging panel, which meets at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong on 22 September comprises: Professor Kurt Chan of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Fine Arts; Adrian Wong, renowned Hong Kong artist and lecturer of sculpture and critical theory at UCLA; Guy Maestri, one of Australia’s most championed artists and 2009 winner of the prestigious Archibald Prize; Sarah Greene, Art Curator at AO Vertical and recognized champion of local talent; Nicola Chu, patron of the arts; and Gordon Fuller, General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

About Asia Contemporary Art Show:

Opening Hours of the Asia Contemporary Art Show

VIP Preview: Thursday, October 4th: 5pm to 8pm

Open to the Public:

Friday, October 5th: 12 noon to 8pm

Saturday, October 6th: 12 noon to 8pm

Sunday, October 7th: 12 noon to 8pm

Admission Tickets (for three-day entry)

VIP Preview online only pre-show purchase: HKD290 for two

Standard online pre-show purchase: HKD100 for two

On the door: HKD100 per person

Media Contacts

For more information or interviews with the organisers or artists, please contact

Sinclair Communications:

Shawn Mak | | (852) 2915 1234 | (852) 6408 6348

Helen McIntyre | | (852) 2915 1234 | (852) 6052 1229

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