All posts tagged: Michael Craig-Martin

Sculpture Parks and Street Art: Curating Hong Kong’s Public Art Agenda

By Aaina Bhargava Hong Kong, renowned for its booming art market, is widely regarded as Asia’s art hub. While commercial success has unquestionably been essential in validating this rising status, so has been the provision of proper education and exposure of the public to a diverse range of artistic practices. To fulfil its potential as an art capital, Hong Kong needs more of the latter. There are still sectors of the art community that are severely under-represented, from local art initiatives to experimental art spaces and, in particular, public-art projects. Public-art programmes are vital to cultural development in cities, due to the easy accessibility to art they provide. Hong Kong has suffered from a lack of quality programmes, but two recent initiatives seek to change this. One is Hong Kong’s first sculpture park, and the other is the formation of HKwalls, a non-profit organisation facilitating street-art projects citywide. Harbour Arts Sculpture Park opened in late February, altering an iconic space on the harbour front between Central and Wan Chai. Co-curators Tim Marlow and Fumio Nanjo have emphasised the significance of the park in …

LOVE ART AT THE PENINSULA PRESENTS “BRIGHT IDEA”

by Sir Michael Craig-Martin RA, in conversation with Tim Marlow from Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts   Free admission. Online registration is required: ticketflap.com/love-art Monday, 20 March 2017 6.30 – 8 pm  (Doors open at 6pm. Seating is on a first come, first served basis) Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong (MTR Station: HKU Exit C1) The University of Hong Kong’s Department of Fine Arts partners with The Peninsula Hong Kong for what promises to be a fascinating conversation with one of the leading figures of British conceptual art. Both as a hugely influential artist in his own right and as an esteemed teacher, Sir Michael Craig-Martin is celebrated for his time as a tutor at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, between 1974 and 1988, and between 1994 and 2000, when he taught an emerging generation of artists who went on to become known as the Young British Artists or YBAs. This group included some of the biggest names in contemporary art today – Damien Hirst, Julien Opie, Sarah …