Hong Kong Galleries Are Banding Together to Launch a Mini Art Fair to Help Revive the City’s Struggling Art Market

The June debut of "Unscheduled" will feature 13 galleries primarily from Hong Kong.

Liu Bolin, The Future (2015). Image courtesy the artist and Over The Influence, Hong Kong.
Liu Bolin, The Future (2015). Image courtesy of the artist and Over The Influence, Hong Kong.

As Hong Kong continues to re-emerge from lockdown, the city’s gallery association has unveiled an ambitious new 10-day market initiative that aims to revive the industry after months of closures and cancellations, including its March art week.

Organizers of the event, titled “Unscheduled,” call it a “response to these unprecedented times.” It will operate a lot like a fair, but they’re billing it as “a platform for selling and networking that will present solo exhibitions from [the association’s] gallery members, with a focus on modern and contemporary art that has a connection to Asia.”

The event will run from June 17—27 in the heritage-listed Duplex Studio in the Police Headquarters Block at Tai Kwun. A free-flowing floor plan, designed in collaboration with BEAU Architects, will be adopted in place of traditional art fair booth to create a more decentralized and inclusive framework for the galleries. To address health and safety concerns, measures like timed ticketing will in place to avoid overcrowding.

Unscheduled will be held at Tai Kwun Block. Duplex Studio. Image courtesy of Tai Kwun 相片由大館提供

Unscheduled will be held at Tai Kwun Block. Duplex Studio. Image courtesy of Tai Kwun 相片由大館提供

The 13 participating galleries, which were selected by an independent team of Hong Kong-based curators and artists, including Ying Kwok and Sara Wong, will each show one artist. The organizing committee is spearheaded by Willem Molesworth (of de Sarthe Gallery) and Fabio Rossi (of Rossi & Rossi) as Hong Kong Art Gallery Association board members.

Some of the proceeds from ticket sales will be distributed back to the participating galleries and donated to local charity partner Hands On Hong Kong to support its relief efforts.

Below, read the full list of participating galleries.

 

10 Chancery Lane, Hong Kong

Ben Brown Fine Arts, London and Hong Kong

Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong

de Sarthe, Hong Kong

Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong

Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Hong Kong

L+ / Lucie Chang Fine Arts, Hong Kong

Leo Gallery, Hong Kong

Over The Influence, Hong Kong

Pearl Lam Gallery, Hong Kong

Rossi & Rossi, London

Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Karuizawa, Ginzu


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