Hong Kong Arts Development Council presents: JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power  Zan Baak Fo by local ceramic artist Annie Wan

Zan Baak Fo is the latest ceramics project of Annie Wan Lai Kuen, it is the extension of her work Everyday a rainbow in the 11th Gwangju Biennale. In Cantonese, Zan means precious, it also sounds the same as authentic. Annie set up the exhibition display Inside this grocery store in Ping Shek Estate, where real groceries are placed and sold side by side with the art replicas mass produced by ceramics; at the same time, these “art pieces” are sold at an extremely low price inside the proper gallery space in Sheung Wan. Does art come with a price?  In the eyes of the general public, fine art pieces are topnotch luxury items which are only sold at an extremely high price in auction or art fair. Is Walter Benjamin’s criticism in “the aura of a work of art is devalued by mechanical reproduction?” always correct? We need food to keep our body working, do we also need art to nourish our lives and spirits?  How should artists do to create works which are more engaging to the people and the community?  These are what Annie like to explore through this exhibition.
All ceramics works are sold at prices of the originals at Sheung Wan gallery space during exhibition period (23/12/2017~ 28/1/2018).

Exhibition Details:

Venue 1: Cheung Hing Grocery Store, Shop 71, Podium, Ping Shek Estate, Kowloon (Exit A2, Choi Hung MTR Station, next to McDonald’s Dessert Kiosk)
Date: 18.12.2017 – 21.1.2018 
Time: 11:00-19:00

Venue 2: G/F, 15A New Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (Original site of Giant Year Gallery)
Date: 23.12.2017 – 28.1.2018 
Time: 11:00-19:00

Ping Shek Estate Multi-purpose Room (Ping Shek Estate Podium)
Date & Time: 18.12.2017  17:00-19:00

We aim to spark discussions on the functionality of contemporary art and the pricing system in the art market through Zan Baak Fo. Four public programmes hosted by local ceramics unit Lai Chan Kee have been arranged to reach for more participants.

Personal object: Ceramics Ware Re-construction Workshop
Tutors go through the ‘re-construct’ process with the objects chosen by each participant to add a hint of personal touch to the originally mass-produced ceramics objects.

Community project: Re-designing Functional Wares
Tutors and participants re-designed the logos and visual identity for a local restaurant in Ping Shek applied the new design directly on tableware. Finished products will be returned to the restaurant for daily use.

Experiencing the Mobile Potter’s Wheel
The portable machine is made of wood and requires no electricity which allows ceramicists to travel through the community and performing demonstration sessions outdoor.
*Conducted in Cantonese.

Date Time Venue
16/12/2017 11am – 1pm Podium area outiside Au Shue Heng Memorial Library
16/12/2017 3pm – 5pm Podium area outiside Au Shue Heng Memorial Library
20/12/2017 3pm – 5pm  Lai Chan Kee Studio (L6-06, 6/F, JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei)
31/12/2017 11am – 1pm Podium, Ping Shek Estate
31/12/2017 下3pm – 5pm Open area, Choi Hung Estate (next to car park)
8/1/2017 11am – 1pm Lai Chan Kee Studio (L6-06, 6/F, JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei)

Clay Board Stamping Parents-Children Workshop

Tutors introduced an easy method by pressing the collected objects directly on clay board and create unique patterns and encouraged parents to explore with their children.
*Conducted in Cantonese.
Date: 17/12/2017, 24/12/2017, 7/1/2018, 14/1/2018
Time: 11am – 12nn, 2pm – 3pm (2 sessions per day)
Class capacity: 7 families per session, each family can either consist of 1 parent + 2 kids or 2 parents + 1 kid
Venue: Ceramics Studio, kaitak Campus, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (51 Kwun Tong Road, MTR A2 Exit)
Online Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/hka0z8wCfzvNxhGE3
(Please note that the afternoon sessions of 17/12, 7/1 and 14/1 are already FULL)

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Enquiry (exhibition & activity):
Stella Tsoi 3411 8219 |stellatsoi@hkbu.edu.hk

About JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power
18 groups of artists participating in JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power have all been supported by the HKADC in presentations of their work overseas, where they have gained wide international acclaim. JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power is a much-anticipated showcase of some of the finest contemporary Hong Kong artists and a celebration of their contributions to the city’s cultural scene.To maximise the community impact of the programme JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power has worked with participating artists, non-governmental organizations, and governmental organizations to co-organize workshops, customizing activities for target participants.

About Annie Wan
Annie Wan Lai Kuen is an Assistant Professor of the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. She earned a Bachelor and a Master degree from the Fine Arts Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1996 and 1999 respectively. Annie has participated in various local and overseas exhibitions, and the recognitions she earned include: the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in 2000, the Overseas Residency Grant by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Award Winner of the Hong Kong Art Biennial in 2003. She was the artist-in-residence at institutions in the US, Japan and Denmark from 2001 to 2004 and was invited as the Guest Artist by Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan in 2011. Annie was the Hong Kong representative to participate in Gwangju Biennale 2016.

About Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) is a statutory body set up by the Government to support the broad development of the arts in Hong Kong. Its major roles include grant allocation, policy and planning, advocacy, promotion and development, and programme planning. The mission of HKADC is to plan, promote and support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhancing the quality of life of the public, HKADC is also committed to facilitating community-wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on policy research.

About The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a world-class racing club that acts continuously for the betterment of our society. The Club has a unique integrated business model, comprising racing and racecourse entertainment, a membership club, responsible sports wagering and lottery, and charities and community contribution.