In the wake of the outbreak of Covid-19 much of the economic infrastructure supporting artists’ and independent art spaces livelihoods has come to an indefinite standstill. In response to these uncertain times Para Site is focusing its resources on supporting Hong Kong artists and developing longer-term collaborations that support and strengthen connectivity within the Hong Kong independent art institutions community.
PS Paid Studio Visits
PS Paid Studio Visits is a new series of in-person and virtual studio visits that will enable members of the public, as well as arts professionals worldwide, direct access to Hong Kong artists’ studios through up close and personal in-person visits, virtual tours and pre-recorded videos that will be made available on Para Site’s website and social media channels for those unable to tune in live. Over 60 Hong Kong artists are taking part in the series and will receive an artist fee as well as one-month health insurance coverage in exchange for this unique behind the scenes insight into their working environment and practices. Para Site has initiated this project as a modest contribution to support local artists through both direct economic assistance as well as providing increased visibility of these artists’s practices to encourage future opportunities for their work. PS Paid Studio Visits officially launches Wednesday 27 May with a visit to Enoch Cheng’s studio, followed by visits with Wu Jiaru, Lau Wai, Frank Tang, Popo-post Art Group and Liao Jia Ming, please see full schedule below.
The growing list of artists includes: Doreen Chan, Chan Kakiu, Stacey Chan Lok Heng, Enoch Cheng, Mark Chung Ching, South Ho, Vivian Ho, Ip Wai Lung, Kitty Ko Sin Tung, Kong Chun Hei, Andio Lai, Lai Lon Hin, Sunday Lai, Law Yuk Mui, Lau Wai, Lee Kai Chung, Ocean Leung, Liao Jiaming, Lo Lai Lai, Popo Post Art Group, Stephanie Sin, Ma Yujiang, Mak Ying Tung 2, Florence Tan Xinyu, Ali Wong Kit Yi, Nicole Wong, Wu Jiaru, Yim Sui Fong and Alex Yiu, with more to be announced shortly.
Hong Kong Collective Independent Art Spaces Fundraiser
For a limited time only, the Hong Kong Collective Independent Art Spaces Fundraiser, initiated by Para Site, directly supports 17 Hong Kong-based cultural venues, community projects, and other independent spaces threated by the Covid-19 pandemic. 40 international artists have each designed a special edition A2 poster (HKD400) available for purchase through Para Site’s online shop from which all proceeds will be divided equally between the Hong Kong collective independent art spaces. Produced in an unlimited edition, the posters are available until 21 June 2020 and can be collected in-person at Para Site or delivered for an additional fee. Para Site initiated this campaign as a response to the 2020Solidarity project by Between Bridges. Please visit https://para-site.myshopify.com/ for full list of posters available. With thanks to Wolfgang Tillmans, the artists, and Between Bridges.
Hong Kong Partner organisations include: 1983, 1a space, Art & Culture Outreach, Art Together, Casphalt, C&G Artpartment, Contemporary Musiking, Hong Kong, Floating projects, Hidden Space, In-situ, Negative Space, Para Site, Play Depot, Rooftop Institute, soundpocket, Speculative Place, Videotage.
Posters from the following artists are available for 400HKD each: Tomma Abts, Marlene Dumas, Nicole Eisenman, Stefan Fähler, Isa Genzken, Andreas Gursky, Wade Guyton, Pierre Huyghe, Anne Imhof, Jeff Koons, Jochen Lempert, Glenn Ligon, Sabelo Mlangeni, Ebecho Muslimova, Piotr Nathan, Elizabeth Peyton, Thao Nguyen Phan, Thomas Ruff, Anri Sala, Yinka Shonibare, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans, Betty Tompkins, Luc Tuymans, Gillian Wearing, Carrie Mae Weems, David Wojnarowicz with Tom Warren, Ming Wong, Christopher Wool.
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