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Amid the current global pandemic and crisis due to the COVID-19 outbreak, members of the art community are banding together in search of ways to combat gallery closures and cancelled events affecting artists and businesses worldwide. Arising from these circumstances is the ART Power HK movement, which launched today in Hong Kong, falling in place of what would have been the city’s art month calendar.
Supported by Asia Society Hong Kong Center, ART Power HK is a collaborative effort offering a creative solution to devastating circumstances, highlighting the resilience of the art scene in Hong Kong.
“ART Power HK is a campaign that unites the arts, culture and creative industries and communities behind a common and shared message: we are open, we are active and we are ready to harness the power of art to unite, educate and heal,” stated Kiri Sinclair and Rosanna Herries of Sinclair Arts.
Encompassing 80 art partners (including establishments like 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Massimo De Carlo, Christie’s, Gagosian, White Cube, Sprüth Magers, and Soho House Hong Kong), the platform will include programming like pre-recorded and live gallery tours, artist interviews, studio visits, and talks with both local and international creatives, streamed online for public viewing.
In the upcoming weeks, followers of ART Power HK are encouraged to donate to the platform (which is made possible by crowdfunding) and take part in a full roster of virtual events, like a tour of Christie’s Hong Kong, viewings of solo exhibitions (including shows by Yan Bo and Ben Chong), and livestreamed yoga, stretching, and ballet classes.
“I am so proud to be part of this amazing initiative that brings Hong Kong together through art. It is a time to come together to find ways to overcome the current crisis and behold a better future. A true community-connected spirit is alive in ART Power HK, where the partners of Hong Kong’s art landscape have joined forces to inspire the creative from within, in whatever we do,” said Katie de Tilly of 10 Chancery Lane Gallery.