CityU wins 3 arts awards at major cultural event

Michael Gibb

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It was a huge night for the arts at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) when we took home three major prizes at one of Hong Kong’s most prestigious arts and culture events.

The honours were part of the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards for 2014 organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council on 24 April.

The event was an excellent opportunity for CityU, and in particular the School of Creative Media (SCM), to promote the professional education and arts research that is such a vital part of our Discovery-enriched Curriculum to the local arts scene and the public in general.

SCM won the Award for Arts Promotion; Dr Cédric Maridet of SCM won Artist of the Year (Media Arts); and SCM alumnus Mr Kenny Wong Chi-chuen won the Award for Young Artist (Media Arts).

“These awards show the appreciation among the local community for CityU’s efforts over the years in arts promotions and media arts, and serve as a catalyst for future arts and cultural endeavours,” said Professor Jeffrey Shaw, Dean of SCM.

The award for arts promotion recognised the Cultural Festival that SCM organised last year to celebrate CityU’s 30th anniversary.

“CityU—Year of Art and Culture” in 2014 paid tribute to Hong Kong’s creative and media arts by promoting a host of genres from photography, music, animation, video to visual arts and literature.

Dr Maridet received his PhD in Media Arts in 2009 from CityU, where he teaches, explores the various facets of sound through video, installations, photography, composition and text creation.

Mr Wong, who also teaches in SCM, was recognised for his work on exploring visual patterns, perceptual states and sound textures to create new spatial experiences.

CityU was certainly in good company at the event. Legendary figures from the local cultural scene were in abundance including the highly respected writer Liu Yichang who received a Life Achievement Award and the noted film director Tsui Hark who won the Award for Outstanding Contribution in Arts.

There were also awards to grassroots associations for people with disabilities and a host of awards for schools.


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