The British Council is delighted to bring White Horse by Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger to East Asia for the first time as part of Harbour Arts Sculpture Park 2018, the first public art project of this scale and calibre in Hong Kong between 22 February and 11 April 2018.
Commissioned by the British Council Collection, White Horse is a life-size sculpture of a thoroughbred racehorse created using state-of-the-art technology in which a live horse was digitally scanned to produce a faithfully accurate representation of the animal. Horses and thoroughbred horseracing are recurring themes within Wallinger’s artworks, which explore the social construction of identity and Britain’s enduring preoccupation with hierarchy and social class. The siting of White Horse on Hong Kong’s harbourfront is particularly resonant, given the complex historic associations between Hong Kong, Britain and equestrian traditions.
Curated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts (London), and Fumio Nanjo, Director of Mori Art Museum (Tokyo) and Director of International Programme at Hong Kong Art School, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park offers the public opportunities to experience and engage with a line-up that includes renowned international names alongside the best of home-grown talent, all set against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline in the Central and Wan Chai districts.
Participating artists of Harbour Arts Sculpture Park include Rasheed Araeen (U.K.), Michael Craig-Martin (U.K.), Tracey Emin (U.K.), Ho Kwun Ting (HKSAR), Jenny Holzer (U.S.A.), Gimhongsok (South Korea), Antony Gormley (U.K.), Zheng Guogu (China), Yayoi Kusama (Japan), Tony Oursler (U.S.A.), Conrad Shawcross (U.K.), Bosco Sodi (Mexico), Hank Willis Thomas (U.S.A.), Matthew Tsang (HKSAR), Mark Wallinger (U.K.), Zhan Wang (China), Wong Chi-yung (HKSAR), Kacey Wong (HKSAR), and Morgan Wong (HKSAR). Over a quarter of the artists are from Hong Kong, allowing them to share a platform with some of the biggest international names in art.
22 February – 11 April 2018
Central and Western District Promenade and Wanchai
A dedicated mobile app with detailed information on each of the sculptures and a multilingual audio guide in Cantonese, English and Mandarin will be available for the public.
The exhibition is accompanied by the Harbour Arts Sculpture Park Jockey Club Arts Education Programme supported by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The engaging and extensive programme of free workshops and educational activities will further promote the appreciation of arts and culture in Hong Kong.
Harbour Arts Sculpture Park Jockey Club Arts Education Programme
Public Art Symposium - Public Art Power: The role of art in society today
11.00 – 18.00 | Saturday, 24 February 2018
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Free admission. Click here for registration
Timothy Calnin (Director, Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts (The Jockey Club CPS Limited)
Michael Craig-Martin (Participating Artist, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park)
Charlotte Cohen (Executive Director, Brooklyn Arts Council, NYC, USA)
Connie Lam (Executive Director, Hong Kong Arts Centre)
Lesley Lau (Head of Art Promotion Office, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong)
Tim Marlow (Co-curator, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park and Artistic Director, The Royal Academy of Arts, UK)
Fumio Nanjo (Co-curator, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park and Director of Mori Art Museum, Japan, International Director of Art Education at Hong Kong Art School)
Elaine W.Ng (Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific)
Alyssa Nitchun (Acting Executive Director, Creative Time, NYC, USA)
Alex Schady (Director of Art, Central Saint Martins, London, UK)
Hank Willis Thomas (Participating artist, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park)
Kacey Wong (Participating artist, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park)
Wong Tin Yan (Participating artist, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park)
Click here to learn more about the exhibition and full details of the educational programmes.
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