Harborfront in great shape with arts

Local | Adeline Mak 22 Mar 2016

Organizers of Hong Kong's contemporary arts fair, Art Central, hope to improve on last year's 30,000 visitors with an increase from 77 galleries to more than 100 this year plus more activities.

Galleries are from 21 countries, 75 percent of them from Asia.

The fair launched yesterday with First Night from 5-9pm and opens to the public tomorrow, running on the Central harborfront until Saturday.

Director Maree Di Pasquale said the thrust this year is to "push boundaries and transcend the traditional art fair experience." That, she said includes site-specific installations, sometimes "hard-hitting performance art" and a generous program of lectures, talks and tours.

Connoisseur collectors and art enthusiasts alike would find attractions, she added.

Christine Chungwon Park, director of Christine Park Gallery here for a first time said Art Central clearly provides great support to galleries and talents.

"I'm based in London, and if you are looking for art talk in Asia then Hong Kong is the place," Park said.

Also, she said, "because I'm working mainly with artists that are young and emerging" she required an arts fair that fitted their needs. On that, she pointed to the section for the young and emerging artists in the fair's Rise section.

Already a hot topic is The Colosseum, a live performance by London-based Taiwanese artist Ting-tong Chang.

He will be confined to a wooden installation a colosseum throughout Art Central and be blindfolded when he walks outside. Inside, however, he will produce a panorama of the fair based on his imagination and sketches from local collaborator Liz Mo.

Chang said his performance was inspired by surveyor and artist Thomas Hornor, who did the same in London.

An adult ticket for Art Central is HK$230, though visitors who book online from now until Friday get two for the price of one. Tickets for seniors and the disabled are HK$110 and HK$50 for students.

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