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【Hong Kong Arts Centre】Transformative Chic - The Everlasting Cheongsam Exhibition@Vancouver and Toronto

Hong Kong Arts Centre

& Co-presented with

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto);

The Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto

Transformative Chic - The Everlasting Cheongsam Exhibition

Vancouver: 2.6, 2021 – 18.6.2021

Toronto: 2.6, 2021 – 1.7.2021

Vancouver: Pendulum Gallery, HSBC Building, 885 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC

Toronto: Virtual Exhibition _www.hongkongweek.ca  


Presented and curated by Hong Kong Arts Centre, Co-presented with The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) and The Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto, supported by The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto), Transformative Chic - The Everlasting Cheongsam Exhibition serves as a window to give the viewers a glance of the unique charm and transformative nature of cheongsam – an Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) entity and a symbol of the culturally rich city of Hong Kong. It is also a showcase of the creativity of Hong Kong fashion designers who have revitalised this ‘timeless’ cultural icon and make it relevant to the contemporary world. Not only has cheongsam survived the history, but has continued to become the trendy fashion of our daily life in Hong Kong and across the globe.


Cheongsam is one of the most fascinating ICH entities found in Hong Kong. Also known as “qipao”, cheongsam is originated from the traditional Manchu costume which was introduced to China nation-wide after the establishment of the Qing dynasty. Cheongsam has been modified over generations, and it is still evolving in Hong Kong in the good hands of different contemporary designers.


The 9 Hong Kong designers and groups, namely Grace CHOI, Janko LAM, Kenny LI, Mary YU, Mountain YAM, Polly HO, Ranee KOK, Blind by JW and Cantosoul (Jasmine CHEUNG) will showcase their endless inspirations of innovative designs cheongsams at the exhibitions. Online sharing (Live) and Online Workshop (Live) will be arranged during June 5-13, 2021, with more information stated as attached and as follows….



Online Sharing (LIVE)



Brief info of the 9 HK designers






Online Workshop (LIVE) (Full Quota)







(More updated info will be shared with you very soon)


  1. Rethink Asia : Possibility and Futures: Artistic and curatorial approaches to research, practice and process



Date:                 June 17, 2021 (Thur)

Time :                19:30 - 21:30 (HKT)

Online  :           [ Registration] https://bit.ly/3vqPBRj



§ Aaron Seeto, Director of Museum MACAN (The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara)


Guest Speakers include

§ Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation

§ Kurt Chan Yuk Keung, Acting Director of the Hong Kong Art School

§ Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director of Jim Thompson Art Center

§ Fumio Nanjo, Senior Advisor of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo


  1. Jockey Club ICH+ Innovative Heritage Education Programme 2021 - SUMMIT



Date:   29 June 2021 (TUE)

Time: 9:30am-6:00pm

Venue: Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Art Centre

[Conducted through ICHplus and HKAC Facebook Live Stream]


Overseas Keynote Speakers include: 

§ Dr. Tristam Hunt, Director of Victoria and Albert Museum (UK)

§ Ms. Yuko Kikuchi, Professor of Critical Craft Studies at Sustainable Contemporary Art Practice and Visual Culture Studies (SCAPE), Kanazawa College of Art (Japan)

§ Mr. Yuji Akimoto, Director of Nerima Art Museum (Japan)

§ Dr. Kevin Murray, Managing editor for Garland Magazine and Online Encyclopedia of Crafts in Asia Pacific Region (Australia)


  1. Via North Point Forum: “Urban Mastermind: The Myth of Co-Living” – sponsored by Urban Renewal Fund



Date:   30 August, 2021 (MON)

Time : 2-5pm

Location: K11 Atelier, King’s Road, North Point


               Confirmed speakers:

§ Ms. Winnie Ho Wing-yin, JP, Director of Architectural Services, HKSARG

§ Mr. Ricky Yu (Founder & CEO, Light Be)

§ Mr. Vincent Ng, Architect & Chairman, Harbourfront Commission

§ Ms. Connie Lam, Executive Director, Hong Kong Arts Centre

§ Mr. Andrew Mead, Chief Architect (ARBUK) Mass Transit Railway Hong Kong

§ Mr. Eric Li, Director, Asia, Bjarke Ingels Group (via zoom)

§ Closing Remarks by Hon. Michael Wong JP, Secretary for Development




About Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC)

Hong Kong Arts Centre - Art for Passion, Art for Life, Art for All


Since 1977, the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) has been a platform for nurturing and supporting artists, and infusing art into everyday life. Its unique arts and educational programmes aim to make the arts accessible for all.


The HKAC believes in the transformational power of art for people from all walks of life. Established for more than four decades, the HKAC endeavours to bring arts to the people of Hong Kong – by presenting programmes for visual arts, performing arts, moving images and media arts, comics and animation. Our other areas also cover arts education, conferences, festivals, public art and community projects. All with the vision and mission of engaging and inspiring creativity in the Hong Kong community.


In 2000, HKAC founded its education arm, Hong Kong Art School (HKAS). The HKAS provides award-bearing programmes to nurture artists and art practitioners, as well as short enrichment courses for the general public.


The HKAC aspires to engage everyone in the community to become an active participant in the arts - as an enthusiast, an artist or a patron.


In 2022, the HKAC will celebrate its 45th anniversary. Let’s continue to embrace ‘Art for Passion, Art for Life, Art for All’, and share the inspiration.


Hong Kong Arts CentreMedia Enquiry

Annie Ho

Marketing & Development Director

Tel: 2824 5306 / 9481 8706

Email: aho@hkac.org.hk

Zoe Tsang

Marketing & Development Officer

Tel: 2582 0215

Email: ztsang@hkac.org.hk

Gordon Lo

Programme Manager
Tel: 2582 0214

Email: glo@hkac.org.hk