Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the art community in Hong Kong stands strong and, in an effort to continue to showcase the work of many artist, they have launched Art Power HK. A platform that aims to battle against cancellations of art events due to the spread of Covid-19. 

Hong Kong is renowned for its impressive contributions to the art world. It is a city bustling with xhamster galleries, museums, auction houses, street art and many more cultural contributors which have created an impressive environment that vibrates with art and color in every corner. 

All the artistic and cultural activities have come to an unprecedented halt this year due to the coronavirus outbreak that has unleashed into the world. As a result, every effort made by the country’s government to stop the spread of the virus has affected public gatherings including art auctions, exhibitions and fairs.

To rise above the pandemic, many art institutions in Hong Kong such as Art Society HK, Asia Art Archive, Para Site, M+ Museum and CHAT (Centre for Heritage and Textiles), decided work together and launch an online platform to show the resilience of their art scene. 

In an attempt to maintain momentum for the arts in Hong Kong, and the tradition of Hong Kong’s art month which every year takes place in March, this initiative has gathered many collaborating institutions ranging from local museums, galleries, auction houses, art and cultural centers, universities, as well as media outlets.

Through March, April and May, ART Power HK will consolidate xnxx, promote and present arts initiatives in the city to a wider online community with the use of technology, since large public gatherings are being avoided due to the virus. This platform will include events that have been cancelled, postponed and are still going ahead.

Some of the main features that will be hosted online range from recorded and live-streamed exhibition walkthroughs, interviews with Hong Kong-based artists and collectors and online talks to studio visits, in addition to webinars featuring both local and global guests. 

“The desire to reassert and re-energise Hong Kong’s vibrant arts sector in preparation for a post-virus comeback has been the driving energy behind this initiative,” said the director of M+, Suhanya Raffel. She says that the community-based campaign hopes to focus Hong Kong and international audiences back on the great work being done in the city’s art scene.

This decision was motivated by the decision of, Art Basel to launch online viewing rooms for their gallerists and dealers. However, Art Basel will be available only for the artists, investors and people who were supposed to attend the physical art fair as planned on March 20th. The viewing rooms will be open for the normal duration of the fair. 

On the other hand, Art Power aims at a more long-term project and it will be open to all the city’s cultural players. According to its press release, the platform will also host in-person events in May, such as talks, exhibition openings, VIP events, and workshops. 

Speaking of Asia Society Hong Kong Center’s role in hosting the platform, executive director S. Alice Mong commented: “We believe that the arts connect. It is testament to both the power of the arts in Hong Kong and the city’s can-do attitude that partners from every sector of the industry have come on board to support the ART Power HK initiative.”

ART Power HK is currently inviting all stakeholders in the city’s art community to get involved in this expansive online initiative, leveraging on the immense http:/// support the campaign has garnered so far. They even started a crowdfunding campaign to spark the support of the community, as it is a non-commercial and globally accessible platform. 

Even important auction houses such as Bonhams, Christie’s, and Phillips are now on board, excited to encourage the strengthening of the art market through these emerging digital initiatives and to be able to expand and reach a more international audience. 

“Art happens 365 days of the year in Hong Kong. It happens through collecting, patronage, research, making, looking and so many other expressions. This initiative is a platform to showcase that and is another example of why art thrives here—it is a community that takes initiative and shows up for each other. xnxx I believe there has never been a more necessary moment for contemporary art in Asia,” said Alexandra Seno, Head of Development at Asia Art Archive.

Many of these institutions have said that nothing really replaces the experience of living art through the human senses, by living it, experiencing it live it is something that could never be compared to watching it online. Nevertheless, Art Power HK hopes to inspire and that this initiative can help to fill the cultural vacuum and demonstrate that Hong Kong’s cultural life remains active and connected with the art community, eventually to be able to engage with the audience in a post virus comeback. 

Art Power HK: an online platform that pushes through the Coronavirus crisis