ACC Announces Fellowship Award Winners for 2012



Asian Cultural Council Awards 13 Million HK Dollars in Grants

To Nurture Local and International Artistic Talent


Hong Kong, China – The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) has awarded 109 new fellowships totaling 13 million HK dollars to recipients from 12 countries of Asia and from the United States for programs of cultural exchange in the arts. Fifteen leading arts professionals from Hong Kong and China were among this year’s recipients.


Headquartered in New York, with offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei and Manila, the Asian Cultural Council is a non-profit organization focusing on customized cultural exchange experiences in the arts and is funded by private donors from Asia and the U.S.


Hong Kong ACC donors contributed almost 4 million Hong Kong dollars to support the following 17 arts professionals from Hong Kong and China who will be participating in individualized programs abroad which are tailored to their needs and research projects.


Recipients from the field of visual arts include Lam Tung Pang (林東鵬), one of Hong Kong’s most noted artists who is known for his charcoal on plywood drawings; Jin Shi (金石), Professor of Sculpture at the Department of Animation of the China Academy of Art; and Davie Law Man Lok (羅文樂), a conceptual artist and prolific arts writer in Hong Kong.


Three documentary filmmakers have received fellowships this year, including Du Haibin (杜海濱) and Yang Lina (楊荔鈉) who are critically-acclaimed pioneers of their field in China. A leading proponent of Chinese film in Hong Kong, Tammy Cheung (張虹) will be conducting research for a new film project and meeting with other distinguished documentary filmmakers in the U.S. with funding from the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation.


Peng Changxin (彭長歆) who is a specialist in the study of Lingnan architecture from Guangzhou University will be traveling across the U.S. to conduct research on architectural history. Hong Kong architect Benjamin Tsang Boon Chi (曾本治), recipient of the 2012 Young Architects’ Award which ACC co-organizes with the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, will be researching public architecture in major cities across the U.S. Zhuang Youbo (莊優波) of the Tsinghua University School of Architecture will be participating in this year’s Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a semester.


Recipients from the field of performing arts include Wang Chong (王翀), Artistic Director of Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental and Program Director of the Beijing International Fringe Festival; experienced arts manager from Hong Kong, Heidi Lee Oi Yee (李藹儀), now Executive Director of the Cheung Kong School of Art and Design at Shantou University in China; and Dai Wei (戴煒), a new media artist and Creative Designer of the Virtual Simulation Laboratory at the Shanghai Theatre Academy.


To nurture the next generation of leaders in the arts, fellowships have been awarded to three students from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Bassoonist Timothy Chan Ting Yuen (陳定遠) and oboist Bobby Cheng Chi Yuen (鄭智元) are taking part in the Aspen Music School’s highly acclaimed summer intensive program to train with internationally-renowned musicians. Hui Mo Yiu (許慕瑤), a contemporary dancer and creative media artist is participating in the prestigious American Dance Festival to experience modern dance of the highest caliber.


About the Asian Cultural Council

Since the establishment of the Hong Kong program 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 is part of a network of over 6,000 outstanding cultural workers across Asia 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 Chen Kaige, international filmmaker from China; Hong Kong actor Cheung Tat Ming, visual artists Cai Guo-Qiang, and Japan’s Takashi Murakami, all of whom received support from the ACC during the early years of their professional careers.


Application for 2013 Fellowships

The Asian Cultural Council will begin receiving applications on September 1, 2012 for fellowships to be awarded in 2013. For more information please refer to:


Download English and Chinese press releases and list of 2012 fellowship recipients here.


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