“Art Unbound, Inclusion Absolute – Heritage for All Drawing Competition” concludes successfully (with photos)


     Organised by the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO), the award presentation ceremony of the “Art Unbound, Inclusion Absolute – Heritage for All Drawing Competition” was held today (September 15). The competition encouraged people with disabilities to unleash their creativity and show new perspectives for appreciating historic buildings through their drawings. It also sought to enhance public awareness and interest in historic buildings, and to promote social inclusion.  

     Speaking at the ceremony, the Secretary for Development, Ms Bernadette Linn, said that the drawing competition that integrated heritage and drawing was a new attempt to put social inclusion into action. The AMO will continue to put heritage conservation and art together in various ways to promote inclusion in the community.  

     The Former Kowloon British School, the Hong Kong Observatory, the Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower and the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre were the selected themes of the competition. The 130 entries, each in a different style, depicted the unique features of one of the four historic buildings. To enhance the participants’ understanding of these historic buildings, and to arouse public interest in antiquities and monuments, the AMO offered online guided tours in the form of short videos on the competition webpage, elaborating on the historical and architectural merits of the buildings.

     The Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, Mr Douglas So, who was also an adjudicator of the competition, said that the drawings, each with their own characteristics in ideas, composition and layers, are of a very high standard. They guided the adjudicators to appreciate the characteristics of the four historic buildings and their surrounding urban landscape.

     In addition to the adjudicators’ selection of the champion, first runner-up and second runner-up based on the criteria of creativity, expression and artistry, some 2 800 members of the public cast their votes to select five pieces of “My Favourite Online Artwork”. The list of awardees and winning entries are available on the competition webpage (amo-artinclusion.etnet.com.hk/2022/en/index.php).


     The winning and shortlisted works will be on display at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre from tomorrow (September 16) to November 16. Admission is free. For details, please visit AMO’s website (www.amo.gov.hk/en/news/index_id_114.html?year=2022).