Art happenings in October

October is fast becoming another busy month in the art lover’s calendar. Fine Art Asia and Ink Asia and have just passed us by, but there are other events to look forward to. David Ho gives you the lowdown on all the artsy happenings

Digital Art Fair

The Digital Art Fair is back for its third edition and the first in a post-pandemic setting. The fair’s thematic focus this year is artificial intelligence (AI) and the special zones are back, namely: Prestige, Immersive, Pioneer, Virtual, and Inspire. Each zone is carefully curated to reflect the theme.

The Digital Art Fair is delighted to once again present their Inspire Series of talks and workshops, which examines the scope and diversity of AI. Some of the highlight speakers include Craig Palmer (the CEO of MakersPlace), Sunny Cheung (the curator of design and architecture at M+), artist Cai Guoqiang, and Benjamin Kandler (project lead for digital art at Phillips). 

Untitled by Chris Yee, presented by Culture Vault in the Prestige Zone.

Where: 6/F, The Kunsthalle, K11 Art & Cultural Centre, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: October 19 – 23

Arts • Tech Exhibition 2.0

The Hong Kong Arts Development Council-organised “Arts – Tech Exhibition 2.0” is back and on a larger scale in prominent locations. The opening exhibition Fill in the Blanks runs from October 21 to November 12 at the Sino LuminArt Façade of Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, and Empire Centre at the harbour front of Tsim Sha Tsui East. Curated by renowned artist Ng Tsz-kwan, works by artists like Tap Chan, Ivy Ma, Ng Tsz-kwan and Zheng Bo will span the two shores of Victoria Harbour and fill in the ‘blanks’ between the two huge digital facades of Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Centre.

Overall, the goal of Arts – Tech Exhibition 2.0 is to bring a unique audio-visual arts experience to the people and visitors of Hong Kong. The debut edition was held in historical sites at Central Market, M7 (7 Mallory Street) and 618 Shanghai Street in 2022. Watch this space for more to come.

Where: Various. First exhibition at the Sino LuminArt Facade of Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Centre, 66 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: October 21 to April 7

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The Collectible Art Fair

So Hing Keung, Beijing-China-2011, 2011

This exhibition features over 200 Hong Kong Art School (HKAS) alumni and artists, with more than 300 remarkable pieces of art across diverse mediums, be it paintings, ceramics or installations. It aims to nurture promising local art talents, which sounds like a great place to find pieces from emerging artists. The fair also hopes to foster the development of the art scene in Hong Kong by serving as a fundraising initiative to support the ongoing programmes and initiatives of HKAS.

Jaffa Lam, A Piece of Goodbye, 2023

Where: Jockey Club Atrium and Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre (2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)
When: October 22 to November 16

The HKIA Arts & Culture Festival 2023

Ongoing since September, Hong Kong Arts Centre (Comix Home Base) and the Hong Kong International Airport have come together to promote Hong Kong’s unique art culture. There are two exhibitions titled A Visual Voyage: Hong Kong by Cheung Kwan-ho and Scenes and Pilgrimage to Intangible Cultural Heritage by Rex Koo, curated as part of the HKIA Arts & Culture Festival 2023.

Blending comics, illustrations, movies, and Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage, both exhibitions feature different expressions of visual arts to present Hong Kong as a vibrant city of culture.

Where: Hong Kong International Airport. A Visual Voyage: Hong Kong at ground transportation centre downramp south. Pilgrimage to Intangible Cultural Heritage at downramp from arrivals hall to taxi station.
When: Now until November 19

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