This May, attendees of the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong will be able to participate in engaging and inspirational talks provided by both Central Saint Martins Short Courses and HKU SPACE!

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong returns for its seventh edition in May 2019, HKCEC. There will be over 115 local and international galleries showcasing a stunning collection of fresh and affordable contemporary artworks. To help support the visitor experience, HKU SPACE and Central Saint Martins short courses have joined up as the education partner to bring some opportunities for guests to learn more about immersing themselves in the quickly growing Hong Kong contemporary art scene.

We will be working with Joane Chan, Keith Wong and Leo Chan to deliver an engaging talks programme.

Joanne Chan

Hong Kong based artist Joanne Chan creates paintings that traverse between energy and healing, consciousness and the subconscious, the creator and creation. Since her graduation from University of the Arts London – CSM foundation and Chelsea College of Arts majoring in BA Fine Arts, she has become a certified energy healer in 2016. She creates works with a sense of mindfulness.

 

Joanne Chan

Joanne Chan

Mental Well-Being and Art
Friday 17 May @ 6pm and Sunday 19 May @ 1pm

Like a mirror, art serves as a medium that reflects, records, explores and experiences the fluidity of one’s consciousness; it is revealing yet poetically romantic. Within art the definition for aesthetics are very subjective yet at the same time objective, and it is the same in daily life. How would we manage our emotions if we are faced with barriers that stop us? Do we use other means to cover up places that are not wished to be seen? You may have managed to escape or suppress your feelings before and the strong sensitivity of your emotions may have been temporarily lessened but when it is touched the thing that you fought so hard to hide still remains untouched. The connection between the truth and purpose of life is deeply ingrained in our daily lives; let’s discover the reality of our own blue print together and recover our senses. Look within and  observe ourselves between the relationship of our reality and emotions – from there, let’s begin our inward journey and discovery of how far we could go with our creativity.

© Joanne Chan

© Joanne Chan

 

© Joanne Chan

© Joanne Chan

Keith Wong

Keith Wong, is a curator, conceptual artist, columnist, co-president of UAL HK Alumni Association, chairman of APPortfolio, an art and design platform and the founder of sport-art platform UrbanCroxx, which is ranked as the world’s number 2 coolest gym. He graduated from Central Saint Martins in London with an MA Design Studies.

Keith Wong and Shepard Fairy

Keith Wong and Shepard Fairy

“Collecting Prints and Editions
Thursday 16 May @ 8pm

A lot of people really just think that prints and editions are reproductions of existing paintings, which is really not the case at all. Artists have long supplemented their larger practice by making prints: original works, usually on paper, created in numbered editions and produced in collaboration with some kind of press. For would-be collectors intimidated by the impenetrable price points of the runaway train that is the contemporary art market, the print market can be a godsend. Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog (Orange) (1994–2000) may have sold for $58.4 million at auction, but smaller porcelain multiples of the iconic work published in an edition of 2,300 sell for just $10,000. And it’s still a Koons. Are prints and editions just like copies of an artist’s big, famous works? Is a print labeled “1” more valuable than a print labeled “100”? Where do I hang prints in my house? And how do I take care of them? Why are some prints and editions pretty cheap, while others are as expensive as original works and where do I buy one? You may find an answer in this sharing section.

© Keith Wong, art installation

art installation © Keith Wong

How to Start an Art Collection
Saturday 18 May @ 4pm

Why starting a contemporary art collection in the first place? It’s simple, really: great art makes you think, feel, and see in new and interesting ways. Having artworks in your home enriches your daily life while also adding visual interest to your space and showing off your aesthetic sensibilities—what’s not to love? You don’t need to be rich before collecting art – start small and your collection will soon grow. The trick is knowing where to look at. Art sometimes can be daunting. There’s an image of the art world as a conglomeration of names, periods, galleries, and movements to memorise, outsized characters to glad-hand and woo, an international network of fairs and institutions to navigate, and sky-high prices to contend with. But here’s the secret few art-world gatekeepers will tell you: there’s never been a better time to start collecting art. With the rising popularity of contemporary art and the current spate of art-world services and technologies that have arisen to meet this growing demand for information, logistics, and supply, art lovers who want to get in on the action have access to reliable and readily available tools to make the adventure of collecting smooth and simple, no matter your experience. This talk will share a few of the major considerations would-be art patrons should think about when starting a new collection.

art cooper © Keith Wong

art cooper © Keith Wong

Leo Chan

Leo P. H. Chan is a Creative Director, Practising Artist, President of UAL HK Alumni Association, Programme Manager, lecturer and supervisor in CSM MA ACE programme. He graduated from Central Saint Martins BA (Hons) Graphic Design.

Leo Chan

Leo Chan

“How to Incorporate Art Into Your Life”
Saturday 18 May @ 1pm and Sunday 19 May @ 4pm

The word ‘art’ is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery, museum or in art fairs. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries. Most people don’t realise how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives. Everything from a delightfully patterned carpet, decorative tea towels to the fancy iPhone case or angle-poised desk lamp can be considered a form of art. While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. Art gives us meaning. There are things that cannot be understood with pure reason—like love and beauty, to name two. Art helps us understand our world. If you want to find more creativity, satisfaction, and happiness, the single best solution may be adding more art to your life. This sharing is not to share something theoretical, academic or medical but some ways to Incorporate More Art into Your Daily Life and Why.

 

Contradiction Series 2 © Leo Chan

Contradiction Series 2 © Leo Chan

 

Double Duckie Rocking chair © Leo Chan

Double Duckie Rocking chair © Leo Chan

If you are interested in getting involved with the Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong, you can book tickets now! All attendees are invited to join us for this exciting schedule of talks. We hope to see you this May!

All complimentary talks are provided by:

 

In fulfilling the mission of The University of Hong Kong in extending lifelong learning opportunities for the community, HKU SPACE aspires to be a world-class centre of excellence for the provision of professional and continuing in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the region. HKU SPACE runs postgraduate programmes like MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise, MA Media, Communications and Critical Practise; executive programmes like Collecting Contemporary Art and Introduction to Curating in collaboration with Central Saint Martins (CSM), London College of Communication (LCC) and Chelsea College of Art (CCA) under UAL.

Learn more about the courses available at HKU SPACEMA Arts and Cultural EnterpriseMA Media, Communications and Critical PracticeExecutive Programme: Collecting Contemporary Art and Introduction to Curating

Central Saint Martins is a London based leading global education centre for art, fashion, design and performance and part of University of the Arts London – ranked second in the world for Art and Design (2019 QS World University Rankings®). Central Saint Martins short courses use the same state-of-the-art-facilities as the degree level students and are taught by CSM tutors and alumni. Short courses are available throughout the year and are open to students of all levels. We offer residential courses for students aged 11 to 18 years old, studio based courses for teenagers aged 16 to 18 years old and a full range of short courses across all subjects for students 18+ looking to up-skill, change careers or develop a hobby.

Interested in attending the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong? Book your tickets now! If you are not in Hong Kong? Don’t worry – we are also working with our partners in London! We will be at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead this May providing workshops and talks throughout the fair.

 

If you like what you see and want to know more about how you can join us at Central Saint Martins as a short course student, have a look at our popular Summer School. Courses will run from June – September and are available for students aged 11+.