From now till 30 September 2019 (23:59 Hong Kong time; GMT + 8:00), WMA invites both photographers and artists worldwide to respond to the theme “Light”. Entries for the WMA Masters award and proposals for the WMA Commission grant must relate to the theme and context of Hong Kong.
The ‘people’ from history have disappeared, but the traces they have left behind on the ‘things’ can feed the creative process, because they are the best evidence we have for the existence, speech, and behaviour of the ‘people’. Through looking into various archives, artist LEE Kai-chung embarked upon a search of the history of 11 bronze statues that were seized by the Japanese Imperial Army from Central’s Statue Square as part of the ‘copper collection campaign’ as to satisfy the war-time material needs. In the painstaking process of restoring the statues, the theme of ‘transition’ in Hong Kong is explored through the inescapable predicament resulted during the creative process.
WMA Commission recipient, Lee Kai-chung put together the exhibition, ‘I could not recall how I got here’ under the WMA 2017/18 theme of ‘Transition’. Through studying historical records and objects of Hong Kong during the last years of the WWII in this commission project The Retrieval, Restoration and Predicament, Lee investigates the transition of meanings of a ‘memorial bronze statue’ brought about by the passing of time. The interim showcase is presenting a form of Hong Kong’s ‘transition’ with sculptures, photography, videos and installations.
WMA is delighted to announce an artist residency opportunity in collaboration with the FORMAT Festival. The residency, to take place partly in Derby during the next FORMAT Festival and partly in London, will be held from April 23-29, 2020. Artists who participate in the Light cycle of WMA Masters are eligible to apply by 31 October 2019 (23:59, HKT).
Is Artificial Intelligence a threat or opportunity for our society? How will AI affect the way we make decisions, carry out our daily tasks and interact with each other? This exhibition showcases the impressive innovativeness, curiosity and ability of self-learning of these students, who have demonstrated how AI technology can be integrated into everyday life to improve the quality of our lives and make us more productive.
Opportunity brings forth hope. Under the theme ‘Opportunity’, the ten award winners and finalists, including Melanie Catamin, Cheung Hoi Chung, Fong Hin Nam, Leung Kin Keung, Lo Yan Chi, Jerry Ng Sek Hin, Rex Wong Chak Hon, Wong Ka Wing, Kenji Wong Wai Kin and Yiu Tung Wing, share their thoughts and feelings about opportunities in Hong Kong by means of photography.
TRES, the grant recipient for the WMA Commission 2015 upon the theme of “Waste”, will present a pop-up exhibition titled ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ at the WMA Space from 25- 30 June 2019.
The WMA Open was created to serve as a public platform for discussion and a springboard for social transformation. The WMA Open Photo Contest 2019, themed “Opportunity”, received 232 entries for this cycle. A panel of judges selected ten finalists and also three winners out of ten finalists.
In 2017, WMA launched a crowd-sourced documentary film project, ‘1 July 2017—A Day in Transition’, from which more than 200 videos were gathered from the public. Through juxtaposing these videos, the current exhibition aims to present the dialogues and discussions that have been going on as WMA sets up the WMA video archive. When facilitating accessibility to the video archive, we are inviting more vocabularies and references regarding the categorisation and understanding of the videos in this archive: What are the narrative powers of these precious videos submitted by the public, other than being mere ‘footage’ of documentary? What is the urgency of recording the moment with moving image? These are, perhaps, the first two of some fundamental questions for our contemplation in the crowd-sourcing and video-archiving process.
WMA invites photographers and artists worldwide to respond to the theme – LIGHT.
The call for submissions of WMA Masters and WMA Commission of the Light cycle will begin on 1 June 2019. All entries must relate to the theme and context of Hong Kong.
The exhibition “Opportunity! WMA Annual Exhibition” will showcase photographic works of WMA Masters’ finalists, including, Pierfrancesco CELADA, CHEUNG Nga Ling, Jolans FUNG, Sharon LEE, Saskia WESSELING, Beatrice WONG and YIP Kin Bon, as well as the literary works of WMA Students’ finalists. The venue will also feature moving and still images of LO Lai Lai Natalie, recipient of WMA Commission, as a prelude to her project The Days Before Silent Spring.
Starting in Spring 2019, WMA will present a series of workshops to discuss intellectual property issues relevant to the development, sharing, and co-creation of visual art works, and the use of archival materials.
The WMA Open 2019 calls for submission of images from every member of the public according to the theme “Opportunity”. From 22 February to 29 April 2019, images submitted to the WMA Open photo contest will have the chance to win prizes, including cash and professional development opportunities.
The WMA Commission, invites entries for proposals from artists and photographers from both Hong Kong and the international community to create new research-based photography work in Hong Kong, focusing on the annual theme each year. This year the theme of the proposals had to contextually related to “Opportunity”. The panel selected Lo Lai Lai Natalie as this year’s WMA Commission recipient. Her project “The Days Before Silent Spring” explores opportunities in Hong Kong by looking at alternative lifestyles and sustainable development after the “Anti-XRL movement and protect Choi Yuen Village” movement.
The WMA Open Photo Contest Exhibition will be extended until 31 March 2019. The exhibition, curated by Hilda Chan and Iven Cheung, will showcase photographic works of the 3 winners for the annual theme “Transition” including Caleb FUNG, Suet-sum LAI, and SHEK Chun Yin and 7 finalists including CHEUNG Siu Hoi, KOU Choi Sin, LO Yuen Ching, SIU Wai Hang, Mono TUNG Chiu On, Beatrice WONG and WONG Sanders.
Co-organised by WE Press, the publisher of Xyza Cruz Bacani’s We Are Like Air, the exhibition of the same title is now showcasing at The eslite spectrum Tsim Sha Tsui Store, Hong Kong from 3 January to 17 February 2019 after its debut at the Hong Kong Arts Centre at the end of 2018.
Exhibition | 3/1（Thu）- 17/2（Thu）｜Tsim Sha Tsui Store 3/F Art Book Section
Book Sharing | 13/1（Sun）15:00-16:00｜Tsim Sha Tsui Store 3/F MINI FORUM
For more details, please visit https://meet.eslite.com/hk/tc/artshow/201812230001
The WMA Masters is pleased to announce the seven finalists for its 2018/19 award on Opportunity. Finalists’ photographic works, responding to the theme in the context of Hong Kong, will be exhibited at the Hong Kong City Hall mid-April 2019. The winner of the WMA Masters will be announced at the opening of the exhibition.
Filipina documentary photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani, recipient of the “Mobility” cycle of WMA Commission, will launch her solo exhibition We Are Like Air at the Hong Kong Arts Centre from 1- 20 December 2018, during which her first photo book of the same title will also be launched.
The Infinite Cycle exhibition is now extended to November 18.
Presented by Chinese Culture Center and 41 ROSS, and in partnership with Bamboo Curtain Studio of Taiwan and WMA of Hong Kong, Infinite Cycle convenes diverse artistic voices to address how social-minded arts organizations — and artists as individuals situated within specific geological contexts — leverage civic awareness of environmental issues through art.
The WMA Open was created to serve as a public platform for discussion and a springboard for social transformation. The WMA Open Photo Contest 2018, themed “Transition”, received close to 340 entries for this cycle. A panel of judges selected ten finalists and also three winners out of ten finalists.
The WMA Masters welcomes image submissions from across the globe. Entries must relate to the theme, “Opportunity”, and be relevant to Hong Kong. Finalists will be selected by an international panel of judges and their works will be exhibited in Hong Kong in Spring 2019. The winner of the WMA Masters will receive a cash prize of HK$250,000. Each finalist will receive HK$15,000.
Submission Period 1/6 – 28/9/2018
The WMA Commission is now inviting artists and photographers from both Hong Kong and the international community, to create new research-based photography work in Hong Kong, focusing on the theme of “Opportunity”. Project proposals must contextually relate to both the theme and to Hong Kong. A five-member selection panel will choose the WMA Commission Recipient, who will be awarded a HK$250,000 grant. The grant will contribute towards the production of the successful proposal and a public event featuring the completed work, which will be given a place in the WMA Collection.
Submission Period 1/6 – 21/9/2018
The winner of this year’s WMA Masters and the recipient of the WMA Commission were announced on the 14 April, 2018 at the WMA opening ceremony. YIM Sui-fong’s The Unlocked Space won the the WMA Masters and received a cash prize of HK$250,000. LEE Kai-chung is the WMA Commission recipient. LEE will receive HK$250,000 grant that contribute towards the production of his proposal and a public event featuring the completed work, which will be given a place in the WMA Collection.