Owen has been selected as a finalist for the Ramsay Art Prize at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The $100,000 acquisitive prize is Australia's richest prize for young contemporary artists working in any medium. The Ramsay Art Prize is presented by the James & Diana Ramsay Art Foundation and held every two years at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The judges for the 2017 Ramsay Art Prize are Rhana Devenport, Director, Auckland Art Gallery, contemporary Australian artist Nell, and Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Finalist works will be included in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 27 May - 27 August 2017.





Owen has been awarded a prestigious Asialink Visual Arts Residency.

Asialink Arts facilitates residencies and projects for arts professionals, and provides opportunities for cultural development and exploration of new markets and audiences. This year the program received 297 eligible applications nation-wide, from which 33 residencies were awarded across all art forms.

Owen Leong will undertake a three-month artist residency at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. He will conduct archival research into 1950s photographic material while based in Hong Kong. Exploring familial history, the artist will focus on images relating to British colonialism, social change, and mass migration from mainland China to Hong Kong. Based on this research, Owen will produce work for a major solo exhibition in 2018.

This is an Asialink Arts Residency Project supported by Arts NSW.




Owen exhibited his Ritual Coordinates sculptures with Artereal Gallery at Art Central, Hong Kong. In exciting news, the entire series of hand cast plaster and crystal mudra sculptures was acquired for a significant private collection in China.

Timed to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Central takes place from 21-25 March 2017 and is staged within an architect-designed pavilion on the Central Harbourfront. With over 100 contemporary art galleries showcasing the next generation of talent alongside some of the most establised galleries from across Asia and the world, the strong gallery line-up is complemented by a dynamic five-day programme that includes interactive installations, experimental film, performances, and panel discussions.



Owen will be exhibiting in Closing the Distance at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.

Curated by Sophia Cai, Closing the Distance brings together contemporary Chinese and Australian-Chinese artists to explore issues of migration, place and the contemporary diaspora experience. The exhibition will focus on artists whose works make connections to shared Chinese cultural heritage, lineage, and lived experience.

Central to this exhibition is the exploration of contemporary migration and the movement of people, culture and history across local and global boundaries. Closing the Distance highlights how cultural differences are valuable in providing diverse viewpoints, but also how shared personal experiences and narratives can provide a means to bridge these differences.

Artists include: Kevin Chin, Pei Pei He, Pia Johnson, Lindy Lee, Owen Leong, Eugenia Lim, Chun-yu Liu, Jason Phu, Cyrus Tang, Guan Wei, Shen Wei and Louise Zhang.

Closing the Distance will be on display 11 February - 30 April 2017.