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Cultural Exchange

Over the years, the HKADC has been actively promoting communications between local and overseas arts communities as well as supporting Hong Kong arts practitioners and groups to participate in arts events overseas, so as to widen their horizons, raise the standard of local arts and deepen international understanding of Hong Kong’s arts scene.

International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia
The HKADC made its debut appearance at this major international visual arts event in 2001, in the name of “Hong Kong, China”. Since then, it has endeavoured to bring the best of Hong Kong’s visual arts onto the world stage and to write a new chapter in their development. Over the past few Biennales, the Hong Kong Pavilion has been attracting growing interest.

In 2015, the HKADC collaborated again with M+, the museum for visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, to bring the work of Hong Kong artist Tsang King-wah to the world’s most important contemporary art event. Curated by the M+ curatorial team – Doryun Chong, Chief Curator and Stella Fong, Learning and Interpretation Curator, with Lars Nittve, M+ Executive Director, as Consulting Curator – Tsang’s new work for the exhibition, The Infinite Nothing consists of four separate video installations that intends to represent a perpetual cycle of self-inquiry and discovery. Taking the viewer through a narrative of transformative journeys, the work brings together a host of philosophical concepts expressed through metaphors and allegories, along with religious symbolisms and popular cultural references.

In support of this project, the HKADC and M+ have launched an internship scheme that enables young professionals to gain international experience and exposure in line with their career objectives.

A series of talks will be held in Hong Kong that take Tsang’s artistic practice and influences as a starting point to expand public understanding about key concepts in contemporary art, as well as providing a greater context for Tsang’s newly-commissioned work for Venice. Among the topics will be philosophy and film, and the relationship between art and language. Please click here for further information.

Click here to view the exhibition website.

International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia
The HKADC has been teaming up with the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) since 2006, to participate in the prestigious biennale and showcase the uniqueness of Hong Kong’s architecture.

The 14th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition was held in Italy in 2014, under the theme of “Fundamentally Hong Kong – DELTA FOUR 1984-2044”. The exhibition was co-curated by Alvin Yip, Prof Doreen Liu and LWK & Partners (led by Ivan Fu). A first-ever cross-disciplinary collaboration between architecture and films was developed for the exhibition. The theme was created upon the remarkable development of different kinds of architectural infrastructure and social mobility in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region after China’s economic reform. The work promoted imaginative discussion and re-thinking of the social and cultural facilities in region for the future.

The exhibition in Venice was attended by professionals around the world, the media and industry elites. The Response Exhibition was later held at Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre.

Click here to view the exhibition website.

International Arts Leadership Roundtable 2016

│29 February to 1 March 2016
│Hong Kong Maritime Museum

With the theme “Arts in the New World”, the HKADC will organise the 2nd edition of the International Arts Leadership Roundtable 2016 from 29 February to 1 March. The Roundtable will be gathering around 20 international and local arts leaders from various arts councils and institutions to discuss the prevailing key arts topics and trends in Hong Kong and around the globe, to exchange ideas on related policies and measures, and to propose strategies to meet future challenges.

Speakers will be invited to discuss on the following three plenary topics on the first day of the conference: “The Development of Cultural Ecology”, “The Change of Arts Spaces” and “New Thinking for International Exchange”.On the second day, the closing discussion will be held with local arts leaders invited to the stage for deeper discussions in response to Hong Kong’s scenario.

Arts leaders in Hong Kong will be invited to this year’s Roundtable, during which they will engage in in-depth exchanges with overseas speakers and through the sharing, acknowledge the latest development of the arts and culture on the global level.

The International Advisory Board
Following the 1st edition of the International Arts Leadership Roundtable, the HKADC formed the International Advisory Board in 2014 by inviting leaders of overseas arts councils and institutions to be the Board Advisors. The Advisory Board is founded with the aims of strengthening the HKADC’s work and connection with other regions, fostering cultural exchanges and with the expertise of respective Advisors as well as providing professional advice on the HKADC’s planning and development.

Members of International Advisory Board:

Americans for the Arts Chief Operating Officer
Arts Council Korea Chair & CEO
Ms. PARK Myung-jin
Australia Council for the Arts Chairman
Mr. Rupert MYER, AO
Canada Council for the Arts Director & CEO
Mr. Simon BRAULT
Creative New Zealand Chairman
Dr. Richard GRANT
Gwangju Cultural Foundation (Korea) Representative Director
Mr. SEO Young-jin
National Centre for the Performing Arts (China) President
Mr. CHEN Ping

Appointment of above Members effective until 31 July 2018

Hong Kong.Shenzhen Creative Arts Festival
Co-organised the Hong Kong.Shenzhen Creative Arts Festival in with the Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality and the Shenzhen “City of Design” Promotion Office in Hong Kong. The festival was held in July to August 2014. It saw the exchanges of nearly 500 artists from Hong Kong and Shenzhen who jointly presented a series of programmes including music, xiqu and exhibition.

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