12 Apr 2016

Image: Antony Gormley, Event Horizon, presented in Hong Kong by the British Council.
Image: Antony Gormley, Event Horizon, presented in Hong Kong by the British Council. Photo: Oak Taylor-Smith.

Public Talk
Date & Time: 22 Apr 2016 (Fri), 5 – 7pm

Workshop for Teaching Community
Date & Time: 23 Apr 2016 (Sat), 10am – 1pm
Location: Room 307-8, British Council, 3 Supreme Court, Admiralty
Language: Cantonese supplemented by English

British artist Antony Gormley sets 31 life-size sculptures of the human body on the streets and rooftops in Hong Kong for Event Horizon, the most extensive public art installation in the city presented by the British Council. Since its inception, debates and discussions have been triggered to prompt the city to reflect on the relationship between public art and the urban space. Asia Art Archive (AAA), as one of the institutional partners of the project, will present a public talk and a teaching community workshop for its annual Teaching Labs series on 22 and 23 April 2016. Using Gormley’s works as case study, the sessions will offer multiple perspectives to the participants in understanding and analysing the cultural issues surrounding the project. 

The talk on 22 April 2016 welcomes educators from all disciplines as well as members of the public to delve into the meaning and function of public art locally and internationally. Moderated by Lau Ting Ming, Deputy Principal of Arts and Humanities Development, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, the talk will be joined by Ingrid Chu, AAA Public Programmes Curator; Anthony Leung Po Shan, art critic; and Sampson Wong Yu Hin, Co-director of Hong Kong Urban Laboratory. Through exploring Event Horizon Hong Kong, the talk will lead participants to ponder in the ideas around ‘public art’, ‘urban space’, and ‘body and the surrounding’.

A workshop will be held the following day for Liberal Studies and Visual Arts teachers. The session aims at deepening educators’ understanding of public art, and providing a platform for the teaching community to create classroom tools through contemplating the Event Horizon project from multiple points of view.

AAA’s Teaching Labs is an annual professional development series that builds a supportive learning community in partnership with Hong Kong schools and educators. AAA is committed to encouraging confidence in using contemporary art and culture in an educational setting.

About Event Horizon Hong Kong

Presented by the British Council, Event Horizon Hong Kong is the most extensive public art installation ever seen in the city. The project was launched on 19 November 2015 and will continue to be a part of the Hong Kong cityscape until 18 May 2016. Asia Art Archive is an institutional partner of Event Horizon Hong Kong. www.eventhorizon.hk/en