Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong opens its doors once again this Friday to present a stunning selection of works from over 1,000 emerging and mid-career artists from 113 galleries. Held at HKCEC from 19th – 21st May, the fair will be celebrating its 5th edition with a lineup of new interactive, fun and accessible art education activities to give art lovers far and wide the chance to explore their creativity and grow their artistic knowledge.
A key highlight you won’t want to miss this year will be the Special Projects presentation which will feature large-scale installations by inspiring and engaging artists. These pieces will be woven throughout the fair for you to discover and interact with. Artists include Chinese artist Huang Yulong, famous for his faceless hoodie sculptures which explore the dialogue between eastern traditions with western influence in China. His work ‘Be My Side度’ (2014) invites visitors to be part of the park bench conversation. Local artist Leung Wan In (Ingrid) will present ‘Xpect the Unexpected’, an interactive installation using everyday objects that encourages visitors to play with density and the experimental design, prompting them to review what lies beneath the surface. Special projects will also feature fresh, young Chinese artist Liao Bin Bin who specializes in monumental installations using string to symbolize light. His work ‘A Time; Times and Half a Time’ shows a boy holding a flashlight with light bouncing off the water and stones creating a pathway through, over and around objects in their path. Canadian artist Ivy Nate will present her colorful work ‘Outsides Don’t Fix the Insides – Handle with Care’ which comprises of donated stuffed animals as a way of looking at human relationships with these toys and giving them a second life.
Unique performances will also form part of the Special Projects programme on Thursday, 18th May and Friday, 19th May. Straight from La Biennale di Venezia, British performing artist Tom Estes will present a captivating live art performance called ‘The Anomaly’. As a way of examining the relationship to censorship and images within the cyber sphere, the performance is based on a scene from Cinema Paradiso in which a priest rings a bell in the order that the projectionist cuts certain images from films before public viewing. We are delighted that the Hong Kong Dance Company will also perform on site this year. Dancers will surprise and delight us with impromptu performances throughout the venue, bringing the surrounding artworks to life through dance.
With over 1,000 emerging and mid-career artists exhibiting this year, there is will be artwork for all tastes and budgets. A highlight will be the FRESH exhibit which presents a selection of the best new artists debuting at the fair. Audiences can also discover the depth of talent in Hong Kong with Young Talent Hong Kong. The exhibition “Give Me 5” will celebrate five years of supporting local artists by showcasing five new artists alongside five returning young talent alumni. To help promote diversity and equal opportunities, Affordable Art Fair is also proud to partner with Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong to give these exceptional artists the opportunity to their artwork.
We’ve also partnered with TEDxWanChai to hold a unique salon on Saturday, 20th May which will examine the importance of art in our society with “Art. Who Cares?” The event will feature an impressive lineup of speakers including arts therapist Rainbow Ho, artist Sampson Wong and arts promotor Danielle Leeann Chin. Throughout the event there will also be performances and TEDx videos. The Creative Hub is back to provide an immerse area for visitors, young and old, to become artists themselves. And this year will also see the arrival the M+ Rover, a creative community workshop alongside a unique print making workshop. There will be an exciting chance to become part of a crowd sourced artwork and join in at the popular Children’s Art Studio. Plus, visitors can improve upon their art knowledge by joining one of the many tours on offer!