On Wednesday, the nonprofit Asian Cultural Council (ACC) announced the recipients of this year’s China and Hong Kong Fellowships, which provide financial support to artists, curators, and scholars in the arts and humanities for professional development and cultural exchange.Chief curator of Guangzhou’s Times Museum Nikita Cai; Beijing-based independent curator Chen Li; Shanghai-based sculptor and installation artist Yu Ji; artist duo Birdhead; Bejing-based independent choreographer Gu Jiani; and professor and assistant researcher from Tsinghua University Sun Shimeng are the 2019 China fellows. Painter and installation artist Au Hoi Lam; visual artist Enoch Cheng; composer Mak Kai Chung (Mike Orange); choreographer Wayson Poon; new-media artist Lau Ho Chi; and cellist Thomas Hung are this year’s Hong Kong fellows.
The fellows are selected by Josephine Wai, director of ACC Hong Kong, and Cecily Cook, ACC director of programs, each year in consultation with experts in relevant fields, program colleagues and alumni. The nonprofit has awarded 6,000 fellowships and grants to artists, professionals, and institutions since it was established by John D. Rockefeller III in 1963.
Wai said: “The ACC fellowship program is more than financial support. Through our professional advice and emphasis on the research process, ACC is investing in twelve 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.”