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Harbour Arts Sculpture Park releases names of participating artists

22 February to 11 April 2018
Central and Western District Promenade & Wan Chai

Hong Kong’s first international sculpture park today announced the names of 19 of the artists confirmed to participate in the project. Supported by a wide community of public and private organisations, the Harbour Arts Sculpture Park will be the first public art project of this scale and calibre in Hong Kong and cements its standing as a leading city of the arts. Free to the public and boasting a line up that includes renowned international names as well as the best of home grown talent, these sculptures will punctuate Hong Kong’s skyline in the Central and Wan Chai districts of the city between 22 February and 11 April 2018.

Participating artists of Harbour Arts Sculpture Park include Rasheed Araeen (U.K.), Michael Craig-Martin (Ireland), Tracey Emin (U.K.), Ho Kwun Ting (HKSAR), Jenny Holzer (U.S.A.), Gimhongsok (South Korea), Antony Gormley (U.K.), Zheng Guogu (China), Yayoi Kusama (Japan), Tony Oursler (U.S.A.), Conrad Shawcross (U.K.), Bosco Sodi (Mexico), Hank Willis Thomas (U.S.A.), Matthew Tsang (HKSAR), Mark Wallinger (U.K.), Zhan Wang (China), Wong Chi-yung (HKSAR), Kacey Wong (HKSAR), and Morgan Wong (HKSAR).

Of the participating artists, over a quarter are from Hong Kong, allowing them to share a platform with some of the biggest names in art. Harbour Arts Sculpture Park will also feature new works by the likes of Rasheed Araeen, Tracey Emin, Morgan Wong and Ho Kwun Ting.

Curated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts, and Fumio Nanjo, Director of Mori Art Museum and Director of International Programmes at Hong Kong Art School, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park is presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre with support from lead partner H Queen’s by Henderson Development Limited and supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Tim Marlow, co-curator of Harbour Art Sculpture Park, said: “A museum without walls, this project is part of a long-standing vision to bring more art to Hong Kong and to create opportunities for artists working in the city and beyond. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to select a range of artists, across differing media, cultural experience, age and status to engage in a variety of ways with one of the great skylines of the world. A profound and playful interaction between artworks, harbour, city and the public will be immense and I hope surprising. One of the great joys of being able to co-curate such a project is the sense of embarking on a journey of discovery where the selection is the beginning rather than the end point.”

Fumio Nanjo, co-curator of Harbour Art Sculpture Park, said: “Since I was invited to be the keynote speaker of Hong Kong’s first international symposium on art and public space, Soul of the City, in 2005, I have been witnessing the evolvement of the Hong Kong public art scene. Now after more than a decade, the time is ripe for something bigger. As Harbour Arts Sculpture Park demonstrates how art can be part of our everyday lives, I believe that a public art project of this quality and scale shall pave the way for more exhibitions of a similar nature in Hong Kong in the future, and will encourage more artists around the world to take part in projects here.”

Connie Lam, Executive Director, the Hong Kong Arts Centre, said: “Harbour Arts Sculpture Park sets the stage for both the Hong Kong and international art scene to appreciate a wider range of quality artworks produced in Hong Kong and overseas. We are excited to see such a high degree of participation from local artists in this project.”

The exhibition is accompanied by the ‘Harbour Arts Sculpture Park’ Jockey Club Arts Education Programme supported by lead education partner, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The engaging and extensive programme of free workshops and educational activities will further reinforce the message that art is for all ages and interests.

The Hong Kong Arts Centre will also produce a dedicated mobile app with detailed information on each of the sculptures and a multilingual audio guide in Cantonese, English and Mandarin.

Partners and sponsors

Harbour Arts Sculpture Park is presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre with Lead Education Partner The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Lead Partner H Queen’s by Henderson Development Limited and supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Sponsors are Phillips auctioneers, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited (“ICBC (Asia)”) and Howse Williams Bowers, art-partners as Project Directors, Sinclair as Integrated PR Partner, Financial Times, Mr & Mrs Darrin and Bonnie Woo, ALTO, UAL: Central Saint Martins, Kai-yin Lo & Hans Michael Jebsen, G4S and Prime Consulting Engineers Ltd.

Harbour Arts Sculpture Park institutional partners include Royal Academy of Arts, British Council, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Public Art Hong Kong, Ms Cissy Pao and U.S. Consulate General of Hong Kong and Macau.

Supporting organisations are Ben Brown Fine Arts, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Kukje Gallery, Le comptoir, Lehmann Maupin, Long March Space, Mestre Projects, Perrier-Jouët, Pearl Lam Galleries, Rossi & Rossi, Tang Contemporary Art, Victoria Miro, White Cube and Yageo Foundation.

  • Fumio Nanjo and Tim Marlow, curators of Hong Kong’s first international sculpture park, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park. Courtesy Cat Garcia