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Art exhibition conveys spirit of Olympic Games

Two pieces of artwork representing Hong Kong in the international - "Olympic Sport and Art Contest 2004" will be featured at "A Prelude to the Olympics 2004: Exhibition of the Sport and Art Contest" to be held at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre from tomorrow (August 7) to August 23.

Along with these two artworks, "Migration", by Joyce Hsu, and "Olympics on the Beach", by Chu Hing-wah, another 11 outstanding works selected from a regional contest in Hong Kong will also be on display at the exhibition.

The exhibition will move to Exit J, Mass Transit Railway Central Station from August 24 to September 20. Admission is free.

The "Olympic Sport and Art Contest 2004", launched by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in celebration of the Olympic Games 2004, aimed to bring together and further develop the synergies between sport and art. All regions participating in the Olympic Games were invited to submit artworks to the contest.

In Hong Kong, "A Prelude to the Olympics 2004: Sport and Art Contest" was organised by the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SFOC) and IOC as part of the regional event. It was also co-organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).

The local contest consisted of a sculpture section and a graphic section. Among the 17 entries invited, the works by Chu Hing-wah and Joyce Hsu were selected to represent Hong Kong in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, earlier this year.

The Deputy Director (Culture) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Miss Choi Suk-kuen, said: "To celebrate the Olympic Games 2004, LCSD co-organised the contest and exhibition, which are particularly meaningful in delivering the message of sportsmanship and the Olympic Games, in promoting visual arts and in strengthening the relationship and interaction between local culture and sports."

The President of SFOC, Mr Fok Tsun-ting, also said that the organisation of the contest was to establish communication between the enthusiasts of sports and arts, as well as to inspire people to dedicate themselves to the Olympic Movement.

The Visual Arts Centre is located at 7A Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong. It is open daily except Tuesday from 10am to 9pm. For enquiries, please call 2521 3008.

Ends/Friday, August 6, 2004
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