Watch the video archive of “Art in Hong Kong: People, Place and Practice”, a digital symposium co-presented by The Sovereign Art Foundation and CoBo Social. The curated programme of online talks featured perspectives from a diverse roster of notable art professionals.


Date: 20 June 2020
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm HKT

Free to attend any and all online sessions.

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Session 1 Evolution of the Hong Kong Art Scene: How has the Landscape Shifted?
11:00am – 12:00pm HKT

Hong Kong has come a long way from its humble beginnings as it struggled to make a name for itself in the global art landscape. Over the past 12 years, there has been significant expansion and growth in the Hong Kong art scene, with mounting public interest and engagement. We break down the development of the art scene and the impact of its shifting epicentre within the city, all the while looking to the future to consider what lies ahead.

Willem Molesworth, de Sarthe Gallery
Kurt Chan, Hong Kong Art School
Katie de Tilly, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery

Moderated by:
Angela Mackay, Financial Times

(Language: English)

Session 2 Understanding Art Criticism and Curation
12:00pm – 1:00pm HKT

The terms ‘art criticism’ and ‘curation’ are widely thrown around the Hong Kong art scene, without enough regard for what they truly mean. Both add indispensable value to the understanding, consumption and greater appreciation of art, yet are widely misunderstood and overlooked areas of discipline. Learn the basics and understand the nuances of curation and art criticism, with an emphasis on research, understanding and art history.

Caroline Ha Thuc, Writer and Curator
Charles Fong, Rossi & Rossi
Jeff Leung, Independent Curator

Moderated by:
Yang Yeung, soundpocket

(Language: English)

Session 3 The Sovereign Asian Art Prize: A Retrospective Presented by David Elliott and Howard Bilton 
1:00pm – 1:30pm HKT

Accomplished museum director, art historian and writer David Elliott takes a deep dive into the history of The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, for which he is the Chair Judge and long-time advisor. Together with Howard Bilton, Chairman and Founder of The Sovereign Art Foundation, Elliott reflects on the history of The Prize, how it has evolved over the years and where it may be headed in the future.

(Language: English)

Session 4 Guide to Cultivating Ecologies: Artist panel with Peggy Chan, Chui Pui-chee, and MAP Office
1:30pm – 2:30pm HKT

“Guide to Cultivating Ecologies” brings together Hong Kong artists Peggy Chan, Chui Pui-chee, and duo MAP Office in conversation with Hera Chan. Three of the artists shortlisted for this year’s Sovereign Asian Art Prize, their works are united in their ecological research—ranging from the literati to fantastical. As the Hong Kong art ecology continues to shape shift, the artists will discuss the relevance of investigating and creating liquid territories today.

MAP Office, Artists
Peggy Chan, Artist
Chui Pui-chee, Artist

Moderated by:
Hera Chan

(Language: English and Cantonese)

Session 5 Street Art and Collaboration Culture in Hong Kong
2:30pm – 3:30pm HKT

The way in which we consume street art has altered drastically in recent years, with shifting interest in the commercialisation of street art and work created specifically through collaborations. From coffee shop murals to office interiors, school yards, craft beer cans, high-end travel products and more, find out more about the practices of street artists Bao Ho and Kristopher Ho, who are adding edgy, youthful flair to the otherwise sombre spaces of Hong Kong’s concrete jungle.

Bao Ho, Artist
Kristopher Ho, Artist

Moderated by:
Camilla Russell

(Language: English)

The symposium was live-streamed from The 2020 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists Exhibition at K11 HACC at K11 ATELIER King’s Road in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Watch the sessions online now.


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