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May
Deadline for entries extended for the Hong Kong Art Biennial

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To allow more time for artists to take part in the Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition 2003, the Hong Kong Museum of Art has extended the deadline for entries to June 7.

This major art competition, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organised by the Museum of Art, aims to encourage artistic creation, participation and exchange among artists.

Entries may be any in style, medium, and form. However, to facilitate judging and the preliminary selection of entries for assessment, every entry must be placed into one of the following categories: Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy and seal carving, painting, print, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video art and digital art, installation and others.

Entrants should reside in Hong Kong and possess a Hong Kong Identity Card. They can submit three entries, but a maximum of only two will be selected. Each piece of work submitted should be original and completed not more than two years before the date of entry.

Submission of works for the preliminary selection may be in slide format or -- for video art and digital animation -- video tape, VCD, DVD or CD-Rom format. For installation work, there should be a description of the entry. All selected entrants are required to submit their original works for the final selection.

Judges in the preliminary selection include artist and Chairman of the Visual Art Group, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Mr Wang Shun-kit; artist and Senior Lecturer, Hong Kong Art School, Mr Ho Siu-kee; art critic and Assistant Professor Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Mr Siu King-chung; Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, Dr CK Hui; artist and Director of la Space, Ms Choi Yan-chi; artists Mr Hung Hoi and Mr Jamsen Law.

Judges for the final selection include art critic, curator and Officer of the Research Department, Shenzhen Art Academy, Mr Yan Shanchun; art critic, curator and Professor of Fine Art, South China Normal University, Mr Pi Daojian; curator and Assistant Director of the Singapore Art Museum, Ms Joanna Lee Mei-ling; artist Mr Qiu Zhijie; art critic and curator Mr Gao Minglu; and the Director of the Sydney Biennial 2001, Mr Richard Grayson.

Each piece will be judged on its originality, creativity and the technical skills employed by the artist. A maximum of 10 awards will be presented, including one grand prize and nine prizes for excellence. The winner of the grand prize will receive HK$50,000 while each winner of the prizes for excellence will receive HK$20,000. The final results will be posted at the Lobby of the Museum of Art by late July, and a selection of works will be presented at the museum in November.

Entry forms are now available at the Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Art Promotion Office, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware and the Museum of Art's website: http://hk.art.museum. For details of the competition, please see the website or call 2734 2137/2734 2138.

End/Thursday, May 22, 2003

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