Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair Scheduled for 18 – 20 May 2018

Nine finalists have been selected in a hunt for Hong Kong’s best photographers. Their works will be showcased at the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, which will be held from 18 to 20 May 2018  at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

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Nowadays by Phey Palma. Photo Credit: Affordable Art Fair.

Phey Palma is one of nine finalists in the Affordable Art Fair’s “Discovery: Photography  Prize” competition, which is being held in conjunction with Hotel Jen.

Phey’s photograph (pictured above) is entitled “Nowadays”. The work catches a photographer photographing a street scene in one of Hong Kong’s many bustling street markets with her mobile device.

The work seems to portray the essence of the competition, which is described as a “hunt for Hong Kong’s best photographers who left boring behind and captured the city’s streets through their lenses”.

The photograph captures a street scene that is uniquely Hong Kong. Not only that, it also reflects the zeitgeist of this particular moment in time.

A mosaic of the other eight qualifying photographs follows. Hover over the works for the names of the artists and the name of their works.

Works by the nine photographers will be shown at the fair, which will be held from 18 to 20 May 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island.

A winner will be selected by the public both on site at the fair and on social media. The prize will be a 30-day solo exhibition at Hotel Jen properties in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Singapore.

Voters will get the chance to win a complimentary two nights’ stay at  Hotel Jen in Puteri Harbour in Malaysia, Hotel Jen Tanglin in Singapore, or Hotel Jen Penang in Malaysia.

A list of the nine finalists follows …

  • Butch Domingo – 24 Seven Film Set – 2017/12 (Hong Kong)
  • Janet Pancho Gupta – The Atonement – 2016/10 (Yau Oi)
  • Saskia Wesseling – Queen’s Chair – 2017/02 (Sham Sui Po)
  • Tommy Fung – Surreal HK – Flying Taxi – 2018/03 (Jordan)
  • Phey Palma – Nowadays – 2018/04 (Hong Kong)
  • Cheng Tsz Him Alvin – Reading – 2018/06 (Star Ferry Hong Kong)
  • Liu Chi San – Nightview – 2017/09 (Hong Kong)
  • Savina Cheung – Living in the Gaps 1 (Hong Kong)
  • Tang King Ho – A rainy day in Hong Kong – 2017/04 (Causeway Bay, Hong Kong)

Prices of works on sale at the Affordable Art Fair range between HK$1,000 and HK$100,000 (between US$130 and US$13,000), with the works of young, emerging artists hanging alongside some of the biggest names in the world of art.

One of the purposes of the Affordable Art Fair is to provide a platform for emerging artists to gain a foothold by displaying their works in public alongside established artists before a large and diverse audience.

Angela Yuen, Zhang Xiaoli, Tse Chun Sing, Tom Chung Man, Doreen Chan, and Cheung Wai Lok are among the talented young Hong Kong artists that will be represented at the fair.

Recent graduate Anliza Lam Tsz Ching will present an installation made of bra wires, exploring the role of motherhood.

A selection of works by the most exciting artists from around the world will also make their debut at the Affordable Art Fair.

This exhibition is described by organizers as a great place for seasoned collectors looking to add fresh new artists to their existing collections as well as for new buyers wanting to kick start their own collections.

The Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong is now in its six year.

A Walk Down Memory Lane

I took the following photographs at a preview of the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong that was held the day before it opened to the general public in 2016.

Many of the fair-goers toured the fair with glasses of champagne in their hands.

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Shoot shoot by Venture Studios. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

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Sol Passion Music provided the background music. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

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Preview of the Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Attracting more galleries and more attendees each year, the fair has a simple concept: to create an ‘inspiring and friendly atmosphere’ in which art lovers can find ‘thousands of original paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography all under one roof’.

Click here for more photos: Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2016.

Where

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, One Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong. 

HKCEC is within walking distance of the Wanchai MTR station and the Wanchai Star Ferry Terminal.

It is a short taxi ride from Admiralty, Central, Sheung Wan, Happy Valley, Causeway Bay, North Point, and other spots on Hong Kong Island.

This blog post was originally published on 15 May 2016. It was completed rewritten and revised on 13 May 2018.

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