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2017-11-17

【Hong Kong Arts Centre】Moving Tales of Hong Kong Animation – Hong Kong Animation Development from 2007 to 2017
Retrospect of local animation industry in the past decade through the eyes of the 13 units of animators in Hong Kong

From 18 November 2017 to 5 March 2018, the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Comix Home Base will present Moving Tales of Hong Kong Animation – Hong Kong Animation Development from 2007 to 2017 at Function Place, 1/F, Hong Kong Heritage Museum.  With oral history as the main approach, the exhibition focuses on the milestones in the past decade.  The project interviewed 13 units of representative animators in Hong Kong, providing an overview on the development and the outlook of the local animation industry.
 
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Arts Centre, and co-organised by Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Comix Home Base, the exhibition includes interviews of Hong Kong animation companies, workshops, and animators who were active during the past decade, charting the development of the animation industry in Hong Kong and further explaining the creative ideas, styles, and characteristics of animation works during this period.  The interview video will be shown together with the research results and the outstanding works by the units of animators.  The interviewees include veterans who withstood market challenges, independent animators who are renowned for their distinct styles, friends who band together, and new media creative units that seek technical breakthroughs and cross the boundaries of animation.  The curatorial team hopes that visitors will not only appreciate the works by local animators but also understand that the local animation industry plays an unneglectable important role in the culture of Hong Kong.
 
The Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) is committed to fostering the development of local animation. It has been organising animation and comics programmes since its first mainland Chinese animation programme in 1984.  In 1993, the HKAC curated a programme entitled The Great Japanese Animator – Osamu Tezuka.  Since 1995, an animation category has been included in the ifva awards to nurture animation talents.  In 2005, HKAC coordinated its first animation project entitled i-city.  With the support from the Home Affairs Bureau in 2006, the HKAC initiated the one-year project Comix Home Base, which resulted in the production of the documentary Hong Kong Animation History. The project also inspired the set-up of a comics and animation-themed community in 2013 adopting the same name ‘Comix Home Base’, to be used as the base for promoting long-term comics and animation development in Hong Kong.
 
Connie Lam, the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s Executive Director and curator of Comix Home Base says, “Thanks to the invitation and support from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, we have collaborated with dedicated practitioners from the local animation industry to conduct this project on oral history and retrospect of Hong Kong animations. Having the exhibition held at Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the charisma of Hong Kong animations will truly reach a wider audience. We look forward to having more opportunities to promote the vividness and diversity of Hong Kong animations locally and abroad.”
 
To enhance the visitors’ understanding of local animation and to enrich the exhibition, there will be screenings of award winning animation films during the exhibition, where some of the footage has never or seldom been showcased publicly.  It is a not-to-be-missed event for anyone interested in animation.  Special screenings will be organised at the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s Wan Chai main building and Comix Home Base.  For details of the screening, please refer to the information at the venues, or browse the Hong Kong Arts Centre website.
 
For the introduction of participating animators of Moving Tales of Hong Kong Animation – Hong Kong Development from 2007 to 2017, please refer to Appendix and go to www.hkac.org.hk
 
Image Download: http://ftp.hkac.org.hk/MDD/201711_MovingTalesofHKAnimation/
 
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ABOUT THE PRESENTER
 
Hong Kong Arts Centre
Established in 1977, Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) is a self-funding organisation whose mission is to promote contemporary arts and culture within Hong Kong and beyond. Home to artists' creative exploration, the HKAC features various art forms by showing local and overseas artworks through exhibitions, in addition to organising programmes ranging from performances, conferences, seminars, screenings, art festivals and public art projects, all through the year. Always keeping up with our efforts, the HKAC is committed to enhancing Hong Kong’s position as an artistically vibrant city and linking art to the community. 
www.hkac.org.hk
 
Comix Home Base
Located between Mallory Street and Burrows Street in Wan Chai, Comix Home Base is a cluster of pre-war Grade 2 historic buildings refurbished by the Urban Renewal Authority, and operated by the Hong Kong Arts Centre for the five years following its opening in July 2013. Through exhibitions, master classes, seed programmes, provision of reading space, book release presentations and seminars, local and international comics are promoted to audience in Hong Kong and all over the world. CHB also encourages comics and animation creations through diverse aspects, including education, retail, research, documentation, etc. Revitalised from a historic architecture into the first art community featuring comics and animation in Hong Kong, CHB marks a milestone in the preservation of local history and promotion of comics and animation art culture. Not only is CHB a gathering point for comics and animation artists, it is also an important platform for interaction and exchange between Hong Kong and overseas comics and animation art.
www.comixhomebase.com.hk 
 
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Under the umbrella of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Heritage Museum presents a unique mix of history, art and culture in a great variety of programmes that cater for the wide-ranging interests of the public. Designed both to entertain and to enlighten, the museum’s lively and informative exhibitions and activities offer a kaleidoscopic array of cultural and educational experiences for visitors.
 
Featuring an exhibition area of some 7,500 square metres, the museum houses five permanent galleries - the Jin Yong Gallery,  the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall, the T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, the Chao Shao-an Gallery and the Children's Discovery Gallery - as well as six thematic galleries that regularly host exhibitions showcasing the diverse treasures of our heritage.
 
As part of its mission is to reach out to the community and encourage public participation in museum activities, the museum publishes a quarterly newsletter, produces teaching/learning kits and worksheets, organises seminars, school and theatre programmes on culture, history and art, puts on activities for children and families and provides guided tours, with all of these resources specially designed so that visitors can get the most out of their visit to the museum.
http://hk.heritage.museum/




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