FACTORY FORWARD | Hong Kong, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre

The Hong Kong Jockey Club is the largest taxpayer in Hong Kong, and one of the many ways they publicly reinvest their vast income from horseracing is through the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC). This year’s themed, six-week open-house features a plethora of free exhibitions, free guided tours, free art talks and workshops, handicraft fairs and even free rooftop film screenings.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of JCCAC, the major two-storey exhibition lies on the ground floor and basement of this enormous nine-story estate. Drawing inspiration from JCCAC’s roots as a cottage factory, as well as the surrounding area of Shek Kip Mei, work from seventy different artists is on display, in every different style and form you can imagine.

“Counterattack of the Clothes Hangers#8” by Guan Yun Chang, a gigantic hanging Chinese warrior made entirely out of coat hangers, is particularly striking, as is “Made in JCCAC” by Hui Hoi Ku, a larger-than-life traditional Chinese dress made out of 50,000 paper clips and mixed media. Smaller pieces are also just as arresting, like the “Lucid Dream II Series” by Tsang Cheung Shing, an astonishing display of seven hyper-realistic ceramic masks with disturbing distortions.

A guided tour allows visitors to explore more of this remarkable building. It’s amazing to see Louis Lo Sai Keung‘s ceramics studio, where he turns out some beautiful and surprising pieces, including some photo-realistic rice and chicken dishes. Miss Fat‘s technicolour cutesy-monstrous works are also well worth a visit. An amazing place to explore.

Factory Forward runs at JCCAC until 13 January 2019.

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