Asian Cultural Council Announces 2019 Mainland China and Hong Kong Fellowship Recipients


Asian Cultural Council Announces 2019 mainland China and Hong Kong Fellowship Recipients

Hong Kong, China - The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) is a non-profit organization that awards fellowships and provides program services for cultural exchange in the arts. ACC believes that exchange in the arts not only benefit the development of artistic talents and professionals, but also offer opportunities to enhance communication, respect, and understanding among different cultures. The ACC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 fellowship:

Josephine Wai, Director of ACC Hong Kong, said, “The ACC fellowship program is more than financial support. Through our professional advice and emphasis on the research process, ACC is investing in 12 talented individuals who are creators, sustainers, and interpreters of the arts.  ACC’s investment is distributed throughout the arts ecosystem and is integral to the best new works in the years to come”.

Supporting curatorial development has been the focus of the ACC China programme in recent years. This year, Nikita Cai (蔡影茜), Chief Curator of Times Museum in Guangzhou, and Chen Li (陳立), curator based in Beijing, are receiving ACC’s support for their research in the US. The cohort also includes the latest creative forces in China: hailing from Shanghai are visual artists Yu Ji (于吉) and the artistic duo Birdhead (鳥頭), and Beijing-based independent choreographer Gu Jiani (古佳妮). Professor Sun Shimeng (孫詩萌), Assistant Researcher from the School of Tsinghua University, will attend the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to further her research on urban histories and conservation planning.

This year’s Hong Kong cohort contains some of the most promising creative talents in the local art scene. Award recipients include visual artists Au Hoi Lam (區凱琳) and Enoch Cheng (鄭得恩); composer Mak Kai Chung aka Mike Orange (麥啟聰); independent choreographer Wayson Poon (盤彥燊); new media artist Lau Ho Chi (劉浩知) who received continued support for his post graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University; and young cellist Thomas Hung (洪嘉揚) who will be attending Aspen Music Festival.

About the Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong

The Asian Cultural Council was established in 1963 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd. It has awarded approximately 6,000 fellowships and grants to arts professionals and institutions. ACC is headquartered in New York, with a regional office in Tokyo and affiliated organizations in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila and Taipei. Since 1986, ACC Hong Kong has supported more than 600 artists and arts professionals from Hong Kong and China for programs of advanced study and research in the US and other countries in Asia.

Application for 2020 Fellowships

Applications for fellowships to be awarded in 2020 will commence on September 1, 2019. For more information, please refer to ACC’s website.