ACC Announces 2013 Fellowship Recipients


Asian Cultural Council Announces 2013 Fellowship Recipients

Hong Kong, China - Amongst a total of 60 fellowship grants awarded in Asia and the United States, 13 leading artists from Hong Kong and China have been announced as this year’s Asian Cultural Council (ACC) fellowship recipients. For 2013, the Asian Cultural Council’s grant award amount worldwide exceeds 8 million Hong Kong Dollars.


Headquartered in New York with offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei and Manila, the Asian Cultural Council is a non-profit organization that awards grants for customized cultural exchange experiences in the arts and is funded by private donors from Asia and the U.S. Since 1986, the Hong Kong office of the Asian Cultural Council has supported a stellar roster of individuals and organizations in the arts from Hong Kong and China.


Ms. Josephine Wai, Director of Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong expressed: “As the development in the arts of Hong Kong and China speeds forward in its growth, the need to foster talented arts professionals and institutions grows also. The Asian Cultural Council provides invaluable opportunities for local arts professionals to conduct research and training abroad, and our alumni have consistently cited the importance of their ACC cultural exchange program in the development of their careers.


For 2013, the Hong Kong and China ACC fellowship recipients in the visual arts include Hu Xiangqian (胡向前) from Leizhou, Guangdong who is known for his absurdist performances recorded on video. Lu Yang (陸揚) and Ma Qiusha (馬秋莎) are both prominent members of the younger generation of artists from China who are known for their provocative works in video and installation mediums. From Hong Kong, new media artist Kingsley Ng (伍韶勁) and mixed media artist Tang Kwok Hin (鄧國騫) have received fellowships to conduct research and an artist-in-residence program in the U.S., respectively. Based in Shanghai, Zhang Qing (章清) is a video artist who is known for his use of surveillance cameras in his work who will be travelling to the U.S. to observe contemporary trends in the visual arts.

In the performing arts, the four fellowship recipients are Vince Eliezer Chua (蔡君賢), a second year undergraduate student of the B. Mus. Violin Performance program of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; Li Shasha (李莎莎), an award-winning puppet artist of the Shanghai Puppet Theater; Wong Wing Sze (黃詠詩), one of Hong Kong’s most prolific playwrights whose works have been performed in theater, television, and film; and Mu Qian (穆謙), who is a traditional performing arts manager who will be travelling to New York and Washington D.C. to observe and research the arts administration practices of U.S. world music organizations.

This year’s fellowship recipient in the field of film is Liu Jian (劉健), a pioneering film director from China who is best known for his work Piercing I.

Ngai Chung Hon, Angus (魏忠漢), winner of this year’s Young Architects’ Award and Dr. Wang Hui (王輝), Associate Professor of the Tsinghua University School of Architecture are the fellowship recipients in the field of Architecture. Mr. Ngai will be participating in a three-week observation and study tour in the U.S. and Dr. Wang from will be participating in the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) as a part of an ongoing exchange program between Tsinghua University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


The 2013 ACC Annual Fellowship Award Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 6 pm at the Rotunda, Exchange Square. The ceremony will take place during the opening of the Hon Chi Fun’s Perspective @91 exhibition, co-presented by ACC and Hongkong Land in celebration of ACC’s 50th Anniversary and the 91st birthday of the artist, who received an ACC fellowship in 1968.


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.


ACC alumni include noted Chinese film director Chen Kaige (陳凱歌); Hong Kong theater, film, and television actor Cheung Tat Ming (張達明); visual artists Cai Guo-Qiang (蔡國強) and Japan’s Takashi Murakami (村上 隆), all of whom received support from the ACC during the early years of their professional careers.


Application for 2014 Fellowships

The Asian Cultural Council will begin receiving applications on September 1, 2013 for fellowships to be awarded in 2014. For more information, please refer to the following link:


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