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Posts Tagged ‘Fotan Open Studios’

Fotan 2010 – a growing cluster of art studios in Hong Kong

Posted by artradar on February 9, 2010


HONG KONG ART STUDIOS

Fo Tan is a place that you might not be able to name straight away when speaking of Hong Kong’s local art. However, this fading industrial district is home to more than 50 art studios and 180 artists. Each year in January many of Fo Tan’s artists invite outsiders into their studios to show their work as well as to exchange ideas and dialogue.

Fotanian Open Studio Programme 2010  which showcases artwork of a multitude of media, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking, installations, photographic and video works, is the eighth incarnation of the event.

This year CNNGo takes a peek inside some of the studios and interviews the artists about their experience of Fotan.

Chow Chun Fai at Studio 1023: “Fotanian follows no rules. It’s a natural process. People come and go. It renews itself.”

Homan Ho at G16: “Fotanian is coming together to be able to dream together, even if we still need that day job.”

Sculpture and furniture designer Homan Ho is sitting in front of the bookshelf he made for G16, the unofficial café of this year’s Fotanian event.

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Thousands to visit Hong Kong’s annual Fotan open studios event January 2009

Posted by artradar on January 2, 2009


Danny Lee Dancing Landscape

Danny Lee Dancing Landscape

FOTAN OPEN STUDIOS HONG KONG January 10, 11, 17, 18 2009

A forty five minute trip from Central on the MTR brings you to a bleak warehouse area housing industrial storage and artist studios close to the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Don’t be misled by the lack of galleries and coffee houses lining the street, there are more than 70 artists in studios in seven or so mid-rise blocks.

Without a guide it can be hard to find these strictly working non-commercial galleries which is why the open studio event with its guided walks is expected to attract thousands of visitors again this year. To date heavily attended by local people rather than art aficionados, this underground event has been expanding every year and is poised for more international attention as interest in art from Hong Kong grows.

Christopher Ku

Christopher Ku

The first artists started arriving in 2001 and in October 2007 Blue Lotus Gallery was set up in the Fotan district by Belgian, Sarah Van Ingelgorn who not only promotes the work of the artists but also acts as ad hoc adviser to the artists, ” The artists are not commercially minded at all” she says. “I sometimes have to push them to show their work”.

In January each year the Fotan Open Studio event, sponsored by Sino Group, is held and January 2008 saw 6,000 visitors descend on the area over two weekends. There is an enormous diversity of work produced in the studios from Danny Lee whose works are displayed at Hong Kong International Airport and Elements Mall to new unknown graduates. Painter and art devotee Christopher Ku is one of Fotan’s long-time residents.

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