Hong Kong’s first international sculpture park brings museum-quality works to the public, dramatically transforming the landscape of Central and Wan Chai Harbourfront.
Presented by Hong Kong Arts Centre with support from lead partner H Queen’s by Henderson Development Limited, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park (22 February to 11 April 2018) features sculptures by over 18 emerging and renowned local and international contemporary artists together – a first for the artists and the city. Curated by Fumio Nanjo, Director of Mori Art Museum and Director of International Programme at Hong Kong Art School, and Tim Marlow, Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts, the free sculpture park offers a unique opportunity to experience world-class art set against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline.
Cementing Hong Kong’s position as a global arts player, public and private organisations have come together to exhibit sculptures in an accessible public space. In doing so, the city is ensuring that art is accessible to everyone in Hong Kong, enriching the cultural life of the public.
The exhibition is accompanied by the ‘Harbour Arts Sculpture Park’ Jockey Club Arts Education Programme supported by lead education partner, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. It is a diverse and extensive programme of workshops and educational activities, with a goal to demonstrate that art is for all ages and interests.
The Hong Kong Arts Centre will also produce a dedicated mobile app with detailed information on each of the sculptures and a multilingual audio guide in Cantonese, English and Mandarin.
Connie Lam, Executive Director, Hong Kong Arts Centre, said: “Harbour Arts Sculpture Park brings two dreams together. More than 40 years ago, our founders envisioned the Hong Kong Arts Centre as a space to engage with art along the harbour. In 2005, our then Chairman, Cissy Pao Pui-lai, formed a new extension of Public Art Hong Kong and we launched the art symposium – “Soul of the City”, an international symposium with a focus on art and public space. Harbour Arts Sculpture Park makes two visions a reality while demonstrating how art can be part of our everyday lives.”
Rhoda Chan, Head of Charities (Grant Making – Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture) of The Hong Kong Jockey Club said: “The Club’s Charities Trust has designated Arts, Culture and Heritage as one of our strategic focus areas for its donations. We are excited to be the sculpture park’s lead education partner and to support the ‘Harbour Arts Sculpture Park Jockey Club Arts Education Programme’. Through the guided tours, workshops, talks and symposium, the Programme will help promote the appreciation and learning of arts and culture in Hong Kong as well as enhance accessibility of the arts at every level of the community.”
Kristine Li, Deputy General Manager of Henderson Land Development Company Limited said: “H Queen’s(HQ) is pleased to be the lead sponsor for the Harbour Arts Sculpture Park. We have long been dedicated to supporting the local art scene, and offering the public opportunities to engage with creative ideas right in the centre of Hong Kong. Following Time & Scale during Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016, where 10 Hong Kong artists transformed the hoarding of HQ, and our 2017 public digital art project Voyages, which showcased the works from outstanding multi-media artists represented by some of HQ’s gallery tenants. This year, our gallery tenants have already started to open their doors at H Queen’s, and we are delighted to concurrently support this territory-wide sculpture park project, continue contributing to the annual arts month of Hong Kong, bringing more vitality and global attention to the Hong Kong art scene.”
Tim Marlow, co-curator of Hong Kong’s first international sculpture park, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park. Courtesy Cat Garcia
Fumio Nanjo, co-curator of Hong Kong’s first international sculpture park, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park
Partners and sponsors:
Harbour Arts Sculpture Park is presented by Hong Kong Arts Centre with Lead Education Partner The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Lead Partner H Queen’s by Henderson Development Limited and supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Sponsors are Phillips, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited (“ICBC (Asia)”) and Howse Williams Bowers, art-partners as Project Directors, Sinclair as Integrated PR Partner, Financial Times, Mr & Mrs Darrin and Bonnie Woo, UAL: Central Saint Martins, Kai-yin Lo & Hans Michael Jebsen, Prime Consulting Engineers Ltd and G4S.
Harbour Arts Sculpture Park institutional partners include British Council, Royal Academy of Arts and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
About Harbour Arts Sculpture Park:
Harbour Arts Sculpture Park (22 February to 11 April 2018), features sculptures by over 18 emerging and renowned local and international contemporary artists for the first time, to present Hong Kong’s first international sculpture park on the city’s iconic harbourfront. This free sculpture park of museum-quality works, curated by Fumio Nanjo (Director of Mori Art Museum and Director of International Programme at Hong Kong Art School) and Tim Marlow (Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts) dramatically transforms the landscape along the Central and Western District Promenade, offering a unique opportunity to experience world-class art set against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline. Cementing Hong Kong’s position as a global arts player, the sculpture park will be accompanied by a diverse and extensive programme of workshops and educational activities, demonstrating that art is for all ages and interests.
About Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC):
HKAC is a multi-arts centre that fosters artistic exchanges locally and internationally, bringing the most forward creations to Hong Kong and showcasing Hong Kong talents abroad. HKAC stimulates innovation and promotes creativity. Being Hong Kong’s only independent non-profit multi-arts institution, HKAC offers exhibitions, screenings and performances, connecting the arts of Hong Kong to the rest of the world through programmes and collaborations. HKAC’s education arm, the Hong Kong Art School (HKAS), was born in 2000 as an accredited institute staffed by a group of dedicated artists for the fostering of new talents for the local art scene. Its award-bearing curriculum focuses on four core academic areas: Fine Art, Applied Art, Media Art, and Applied Theatre and Drama Education. HKAC also diligently builds platforms at home and overseas to showcase potential local talents through measures such as curating exhibitions and commissioning projects.
About H Queen’s:
H Queen’s is an award-winning 24-storey development on 80 Queen’s Road Central, a truly prestigious position that will transform the cultural dynamic right in the heart of Central. The development houses spaces for exhibitions with the interest of promoting the arts as well as expanding the audience for art. Designed by renowned architect and artist William Lim, Founder and Managing Director of CL3, one of Asia’s leading architecture and design firms, the building’s unique architecture provides maximum flexibility and eco-friendly features. Design of H Queen’s boasts multifunctional layouts, optimum floor-to-ceiling heights and expansive balconies to accommodate a wide range of exhibition and entertainment needs. H Queen’s also features an integrated building maintenance unit, including a gondola system to facilitate the delivery of artwork through an operable curtain wall façade on each gallery floor. With a design that maximises Central’s urban backdrop, unparalleled flexibility and energy efficiency, H Queen’s is destined to become an architectural icon and a lifestyle destination. Henderson Leasing Agency Company Ltd., as a wholly owned subsidiary of Henderson Land Development Company Ltd., is the leasing and marketing agent of the development of H Queen’s.
About Hong Kong Arts Development Council:
Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) is a statutory body set up by the Government to support the broad development of the arts in Hong Kong. Its major roles include grant allocation, policy and planning, advocacy, promotion and development, and programme planning. The mission of HKADC is to plan, promote and support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhancing the quality of life of the public, HKADC is also committed to facilitating community-wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on policy research
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