A Penguin Named Pilar and Other Short Stories Exhibition

Venue: Experimental Gallery, 3/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre  
Date: 2021.04.03 - 2021.04.29
Time: 1000-1800 (Opening hours may change if Shouson Theatre has day-time performance) 
Price: Free Admission 

Presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups

Special Thanks: Polytrade Paper Corporation Limited



Michelle Ling Allcock



Au Yuk Hei Jamie, Chak Man Ling, Chan Pik Ying, Chan Suet Man, Chuakla Nongfa, Ip Wing Yu, Lai Cheuk Wing Sharon, Lam Siu Kei, Lam Tsz Yan, Li Ka Yan, Natalie Luk, Ngan Wai Leung William, Shiu Hiu Ying, Wong Lui, Yan Tin Suet, Yee Viann, Michelle Ling Allcock and Yang Ti Liang



Arts for All——arts are for everyone 

Hong Kong Arts Centre joins hands with Michelle Ling Allcock again and publishes A Penguin Named Pilar and Other Short Stories. Her publications have always celebrated the diversity of artistic creativity across generations and abilities. And this time, A Penguin Named Pilar and Other Short Stories is launched under the outbreak of the pandemic worldwide as millions if people are affected both physically and mentally. We hope that it could serve to give a positive impact to the readers. 

This meaningful project was achieved with the support from The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, which coordinated the participation of art workshops by talented young people. They learned drawing and expressed the five messages of the five stories in this illustration book -  Faith, Altruism, Self-love, Treasure and Gratitude though their illustration. The exhibition will showcase the wonderful life stories told by their paintings.


Published by Hong Kong Arts Centre, the illustration books, A Penguin Named Pilar and Other Short Stories and Daisy Fairy and the Bear Series are available for sale at the Hong Kong Arts Centre Art Shop and online shop (hkacartshop.store).


Author’s bio:

Michelle Ling Allcock

A creative artist from Hong Kong. Born to a Chinese mother and English father, Michelle received her formative education at Chinese International School in Hong Kong and went on to complete a degree in Creative Events from the University of Kent, England. In her work Michelle draws upon the aesthetics and traditions of East and West, and her many hobbies and interests, include dancing, singing, song writing, flower arranging, jewellery making, ice skating and surfing.


Book description

Following the illustration book series Daisy Fairy and the Bear, Hong Kong Arts Centre publishes author Michelle Ling Allcock’s latest work, A Penguin Named Pilar and Other Short Stories. The five short stories, titled A Penguin Named Pilar, Bellboy Peter and Pokè Save a Cat in their Hotel, Moisy the Squirrel, Sheena the Sheepdog and The Shoemaker’s Daughter, celebrate the most precious things in life – family and friendship, reminding us not to forget the beautiful things and virtues that nourish our souls, such as cherishing nature, and taking pleasure in helping others. The stories also deliver the message that we should always embrace hope and stay true to ourselves.


About the Presenters

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) is a multi-arts centre that fosters artistic exchanges locally and internationally, bringing the most forward creations to Hong Kong and showcasing homegrown 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. 

Official website: www.hkac.org.hk | Facebook: Hong Kong Arts Centre | Instagram: @hongkongartscentre

Support HKAC @https://donorbox.org/support-hong-kong-arts-centre


The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups

The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) was founded in 1960 and is now the city’s largest youth service organisation. For the six decades, it has been committed to serving the youth of Hong Kong through the provision of a variety of services, activities and programmes, which have an annual attendance of nearly six million. We encourage youth to reach their fullest potential and with community support, we now have over 80 service units. We also have 12 core services, which include the Youth S.P.O.Ts, M21 Multimedia Services, Employment Services, Youth at Risk Services, Counselling Services, Parenting Services, Leadership Training, Volunteer Services, Education Services, Creativity Education and Youth Exchange, Leisure, Cultural and Sports Services, and Research and Publications. We encourage young people to grow into responsible and dutiful citizens and we now have over 250,000 registered volunteers and over 450,000 registered members. We believe that our motto HKFYG • Here for You reaffirms our commitment and dedication to the young people of Hong Kong.

Official website: hkfyg.org.hk | m21.hk








To reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, the presenters have implemented the following precautionary measures:-

  1. Visitors are required to measure body temperature before admission. Visitors with normal body temperature below 37.5 degrees Celsius (as indicated by the temperature detector used by presenters) would be allowed access;
  2. Visitors are required to clean their hands with hand sanitiser before admission;
  3. Visitors are required to wear their own mask inside the venue;
  4. Every 4 visitors are required to keep a safe distance of 1.5 metre apart.

The presenters will review the situation and adjust the measures if necessary. We appreciate your understanding.

The presenters reserve the rights of final decision on the arrangement.

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