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Hong Kong Arts Month: 3 ways to celebrate at theDesk

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It’s March and that means we’re into an entire month of art across Hong Kong. For a few years now, every March in our city has been dedicated to arts and culture, with events like Art Basel Hong Kong, the Asia Contemporary Art Show and Art Central all taking place. So, we at theDesk have decided to get in on the action and offer up three special art events at our co-working and events space in a bid to bring the art enthusiasts down to Sai Ying Pun.

Our three events coincide with an exhibition that was launched at theDesk on February 23 and is in place over all three of our floors until April 23. ‘Hong Kong: Reflections Through Time’, which follows up on our successful ‘Collaboration’ exhibition last year, sees photographs and drawings of our city, dating from more than 50 years ago up to the present day, on our walls for our members and visitors to enjoy. The ground floor features the works of Jeremy Cheung, a Hong Kong-based freelance photographer who explores human interactions in urban and natural environments. He has exhibited his works across the city and, at our exhibition, he is showing pieces from his ‘Hong Kong: Hopes and Fears’ project, a collection of photographs that depict fascinating parts of our city in a bid to explore the boundaries that exist between abstraction and reality.

On the second floor, we have the works of Wing Luk-wong, who used to run a design studio but he quit to travel the world and focus on his art. His exhibition ‘Old Town Hong Kong’ is an ongoing project which ‘captures the spirit of downtown Hong Kong’. There is a particular focus on ‘the buildings that are soon to vanish from our city’s map’.

Chak Wai-leung’s photos lie on our third floor. This celebrated master of the lens presents a range of pieces, such as a rooftop school in Shek Kip Mei and a ferryboat in Sha Tin from decades ago. The former Hong Kong government adult education photography team’s main artistic focus is on taking photos. At our launch event, Chak brought a collection of old photos which mesmerised younger artists and art enthusiasts for literally hours.

So, to follow up on the exhibition and to celebrate Hong Kong’s ‘art month’, we’re holding these special events with each of our three featured artists:

FRIDAY MARCH 10

Wing Luk-wong’s off-the-wall art jam
Okay, so our first event of the three is actually more on-the-wall than off but the reason it’s called ‘off-the-wall’ is that art jammers should think outside the box at this special event. Wing is mostly known for his drawings of our city but participants here can use any of the tools and materials provided to create a collaborative masterpiece on huge strips of paper across the bottom floor of theDesk. The theme is Hong Kong and anything else goes. Anyone, of any age or ability, can come and take part on the evening and also learn from Wing and his techniques while having arty fun and meeting new friends.

Time: 7pm-9pm
Venue: theDesk, 511 Queen’s Road West, Sai YingPun
Price: Free
Registration: RSVP at marketing@thedesk.com.hk


THURSDAY MARCH 16


Chak Wai Leung: The Hong Kong Story (conducted in Cantonese with English translation)Welcome to a rare opportunity to learn from one of our city’s most celebrated photographic masters. Many of Leung’s photos date back to the 1960s and tell a pictorial story about Hong Kong as it used to be more than 50 years ago. Let the artist take you through his life, his medium and what life used to be like in our city. He describes the composition and the stories behind his photos in theDesk’s exhibition while also painting a picture of how the SAR has changed, as well as how photography has evolved, over the years.

Time: 7pm-9pm
Venue: theDesk, 511 Queen’s Road West, Sai YingPun
Price: Free
Registration: RSVP at marketing@thedesk.com.hk


FRIDAY MARCH 24

Jeremy Cheung on the art of Instagram
Cheung has more than 55,000 followers on Instagram in Hong Kong (@rambler15). His photos are hugely popular on social media in our city. In this interactive talk, the young photographer outlines his ‘Instagram journey’ and talks about the benefits and challenges of posting art pieces on Instagram, plus the evolution of how we combine art and photography with social media. Cheung also talks about the concept behind his exhibition at theDesk, his other works and how best to capture daily life in Hong Kong through the medium of street and architectural photography.

Time: 7pm-8pm
Venue: theDesk, 511 Queen’s Road West, Sai YingPun
Price: Free
Registration: RSVP at marketing@thedesk.com.hk

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