Harbour Arts Sculpture Park releases names of participating artists

22 February to 11 April 2018
Central and Western District Promenade & Wan Chai

(HONG KONG) – Hong Kong’s first international sculpture park today announced the names of 19 of the artists confirmed to participate in the project. Supported by a wide community of public and private organisations, the Harbour Arts Sculpture Park will be the first public art project of this scale and calibre in Hong Kong and cements its standing as a leading city of the arts. Free to the public and boasting a line up that includes renowned international names as well as the best of home grown talent, these sculptures will punctuate Hong Kong’s skyline in the Central and Wan Chai districts of the city between 22 February and 11 April 2018.

Participating artists of Harbour Arts Sculpture Park include Rasheed Araeen (U.K.), Michael Craig-Martin (U.K.), Tracey Emin (U.K.), Ho Kwun Ting (HKSAR), Jenny Holzer (U.S.A.), Gimhongsok (South Korea), Antony Gormley (U.K.), Zheng Guogu (China), Yayoi Kusama (Japan), Tony Oursler (U.S.A.), Conrad Shawcross (U.K.), Bosco Sodi (Mexico), Hank Willis Thomas (U.S.A.), Matthew Tsang (HKSAR), Mark Wallinger (U.K.), Zhan Wang (China), Wong Chi-yung (HKSAR), Kacey Wong (HKSAR), and Morgan Wong (HKSAR).

Of the participating artists, over a quarter are from Hong Kong, allowing them to share a platform with some of the biggest names in art. Harbour Arts Sculpture Park will also feature new works by the likes of Rasheed Araeen, Tracey Emin, Morgan Wong and Ho Kwun Ting.

Curated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts, and Fumio Nanjo, Director of Mori Art Museum and Director of International Programmes at Hong Kong Art School, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park is presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre with support from lead partner H Queen’s by Henderson Development Limited and supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Tim Marlow, co-curator of Harbour Art Sculpture Park, said: “A museum without walls, this project is part of a long-standing vision to bring more art to Hong Kong and to create opportunities for artists working in the city and beyond. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to select a range of artists, across differing media, cultural experience, age and status to engage in a variety of ways with one of the great skylines of the world. A profound and playful interaction between artworks, harbour, city and the public will be immense and I hope surprising. One of the great joys of being able to co-curate such a project is the sense of embarking on a journey of discovery where the selection is the beginning rather than the end point.”

Fumio Nanjo, co-curator of Harbour Art Sculpture Park, said: “Since I was invited to be the keynote speaker of Hong Kong’s first international symposium on art and public space, Soul of the City, in 2005, I have been witnessing the evolvement of the Hong Kong public art scene. Now after more than a decade, the time is ripe for something bigger. As Harbour Arts Sculpture Park demonstrates how art can be part of our everyday lives, I believe that a public art project of this quality and scale shall pave the way for more exhibitions of a similar nature in Hong Kong in the future, and will encourage more artists around the world to take part in projects here.”

Connie Lam, Executive Director, the Hong Kong Arts Centre, said: “Harbour Arts Sculpture Park sets the stage for both the Hong Kong and international art scene to appreciate a wider range of quality artworks produced in Hong Kong and overseas. We are excited to see such a high degree of participation from local artists in this project.”

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. The engaging and extensive programme of free workshops and educational activities will further reinforce the message 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.

Partners and sponsors
Harbour Arts Sculpture Park is presented by the 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 auctioneers, 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, ALTO, UAL: Central Saint Martins, Kai-yin Lo & Hans Michael Jebsen, G4S and Prime Consulting Engineers Ltd.

Harbour Arts Sculpture Park institutional partners include Royal Academy of Arts, British Council, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Public Art Hong Kong, Ms Cissy Pao and U.S. Consulate General of Hong Kong and Macau.

Supporting organisations are Ben Brown Fine Arts, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Kukje Gallery, Le comptoir, Lehmann Maupin, Long March Space, Mestre Projects, Perrier-Jouët, Pearl Lam Galleries, Rossi & Rossi, Tang Contemporary Art, Victoria Miro, White Cube and Yageo Foundation.

About Harbour Arts Sculpture Park
Harbour Arts Sculpture Park (22 February to 11 April 2018) features sculptures by emerging and renowned local and international contemporary artists for the first time on the city’s iconic harbourfront. This Hong Kong’s first international sculpture park of museum-quality works is free and is 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). It 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.

About art-partners
art-partners is an independent art consultancy established by Levina Li-Cadman, Sarah Pringle and Vita Wong-Kwok to conceptualise develop and realise place-making art projects from Hong Kong across Asia. With over two decades of expertise in delivering engaging and memorable projects for world renowned artists, art-partners combines creativity with an understanding of business to add value through art and culture.

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