ACC HK Announces 2014 Fellowship Recipients




2014-06-18

Asian Cultural Council Announces
2014 Hong Kong and China Grantees
Including Three New Fellowships from
HKETONY and Lee Hysan Foundation


Hong Kong, China – Amongst a total of 81 fellowship grants awarded in Asia and the United States, 13 stellar individuals in the arts from Hong Kong and China have been announced as this year’s Asian Cultural Council (ACC) fellowship recipients. For 2014, ACC’s grant award amount worldwide exceeds HKD 12 million.

Headquartered in New York with offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei and Manila, ACC is a non-profit organization that awards grants for customized cultural exchange experiences in the arts with the belief that the arts is central to the lives of people around the world and offer unique opportunities for the growth of communication, respect, and mutual understanding between those of different countries. The ACC is funded by the generosity of its private donors from Asia and the U.S.

“As the arts of Hong Kong and China develops tangibly in our urban landscape and cultural calendars, ACC remains committed to supporting the intangible talents of our region’s artists and arts professionals, whose work is the beating heart of it all. Through individualized experiences of immersive cultural exchange, research, and training, the ACC grant offers the opportunity for our grant recipients to gain vital new perspectives and a fresh impetus – the effect of which is often evidenced in their work upon their return. We are proud to have supported over 500 gifted individuals in Hong Kong and China, many of whom are actively and prominently shaping the direction of our cultural growth, and we look forward to witnessing the impact that will be brought about by our new cohort of grantees”, expressed Ms. Josephine Wai, Director of ACC Hong Kong.

Amongst ACC’s 2014 cohort from Hong Kong and China, three grant recipients in visual arts administration and performing art are supported through ACC’s partnership with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) and Lee Hysan Foundation. With regard to this partnership, Ms. Miho Walsh, Executive Director of ACC commented: “The work of ACC is made able by the enlightened philanthropy of our donors and partners who share with us our belief in the importance of cultural exchange through the arts, and in the power of the individual. We are grateful to the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York and Lee Hysan Foundation who are our like-minded partners and who have also greatly contributed towards the cultural development of Hong Kong and China through their efforts in this field.”

The 2014 ACC grant recipients from Hong Kong and China are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Altius Fellowship
Nadim ABBAS 唐納天 - Hong Kong installation artist

Arts Administration Fellowship
BAO Dong 鮑棟 – Independent visual arts curator and critic from Beijing

Jackie Chan Foundation Fellowship
Alan Tsz Wai Kwan 關子維 – Hong Kong filmmaker and new media artist

Arts Administration Fellowship
KWOK Ying 郭瑛 – Independent curator and artist from Hong Kong

ACC Cai Fellowship
LEI Lei 雷磊 – Beijing multimedia animation artist

Hsin Chong – K.N. Godfrey Yeh Education Fund Young Architects’ Award
Stanley Kwok Kin SIU 蕭國健 – Hong Kong visual artist and Founder, Daydreamers Design

Jackie Chan Foundation Fellowship
WANG Haoran 王昊然 – Independent playwright based in Hong Kong

Hsin Chong – K.N. Godfrey Yeh Education Fund Tsinghua – MIT Fellowship
Dr. WANG Ying 王英 – Associate Professor, Institute of Architectural and Urban Studies, Tsinghua University

Lady Fung Music Fellowship
Vanessa Wai Yin WONG黃蔚然– Master’s student (Piano), Peabody Institute of John Hopkin’s University

ACC Cai Fellowship
WU Yandan 吳艷丹 – Independent dancer-choreographer from Shanghai

HKETONY-ACC Fellowship
Adrian Chun Yip YEUNG 楊振業 – Independent multimedia designer and theater director from Hong Kong

Désirée and Hans Michael Jebsen Fellowship
Allen Sheung Lun YUAN 袁勝倫 – Dancer, Hong Kong Dance Company

Désirée and Hans Michael Jebsen Fellowship
ZHANG Zhenxin 張鎮新 – Dancer-choreographer, National Ballet of China

About the Asian Cultural Council

Since the establishment of the Hong Kong office in 1986, the Asian Cultural Council has awarded more than 500 fellowships to leading arts professionals from Hong Kong and China for programs of advanced study and research in the United States and other countries in Asia. This group of individuals and organisations are part of a network of over 4,000 outstanding cultural professionals across Asia and the United States who have been supported by the ACC since it was first established in 1963 in New York by John D. Rockefeller 3rd.

Application for 2015 Fellowships

The Asian Cultural Council will begin receiving applications on September 1, 2014 for fellowships to be awarded in 2015. For more information, please refer to the website: www.asianculturalcouncil.org.hk

Editors who are interested in more information from the ACC or in arranging an interview with our grant fellows are welcome to contact:

Ms. Christina Chung | T: 2895 0407 | E: cchung@acc.org.hk

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