Returning for a 13th year is Hong Kong's most vibrant
and sociable charity art event, where locals and travellers can immerse
themselves in the city’s ever-evolving creative scene.
ArtWalk, starting at 4:30 pm on 18
April, invites participants to gallery hop their way around the city, taking in
the multifarious works of established and emerging artists while partaking in
complimentary refreshments along the way.
The 70 participating galleries are
located in the established art districts of Central, Sheung Wan, Wan Chai, Chai
Wan and in the new arts areas of Wong Chuk Hang and Aberdeen. A map with
suggested walking routes is provided, as are free mini buses to transport
people between galleries that are further apart.
Head to 3812 Contemporary Art Projects in
Wong Chuk Hang to see Mind-Scape, a series by six talented artists from China
and Malaysia of modern works (on paper and canvas, using ink, pen, charcoal,
tea and oil paint) that explore the fusion of mind and landscape – a subject
that has captivated Asian artists for centuries.
Schoeni Art Gallery in Central is
focusing on just one artist. Chinese new-media artist, Yang Yongliang, whose
work can be seen in London’s British
Museum and Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria, will be exhibiting such recent
creations as the Moonlight series, a powerful comment on the rapid urbanisation
and modernisation of China that combines the traditional (classical Chinese
painting style) and the modern (digital and video). What first appear to be
tranquil scenes of Chinese mountains and valleys on closer inspection reveal
digitally created metropolitan buildings and cityscapes.
New this year is ArtWalk Extra,
where local creatives can take
their art to the surrounding streets with one-off installations, video
screenings, musical performances and photography displays. Look out for
mixed-media artist Otto Li Tin Lun, who will design and create a sculpture on Central’s
steep Shing Hing Street step, while maps created by City University students
will be displayed on large banners in Central and Sheung Wan, highlighting nearby
heritage and cultural sites.
Tickets are priced at 450 Hong Kong
dollars and can be purchased from select galleries.
A portion of ticket sales goes to the Society for Community Organisation, which
provides for the needy and homeless.
Vicki Williams is the Hong Kong Localite for
BBC Travel. She also writes sybariteunlimited.com.