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Peer-to-Peer UK/HK

Inspiring arts exchange between UK and Hong Kong Online Festival 11 - 14 November 2020

Image Courtesy:

1. Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, I cant remember a time i didn't need you(moment), 2020, Interactive Game (still)

2. Antonio Roberts, untitled, 2019, Video (screenshot from sonituslive)

3. Hetain Patel, Spectrum 2, 2020, Single channel HD Video, acrylic paint (video still)

4. Lee Kai Chung, Theatre Exile (working Title) Screen_05, 2020, single channel video

5. Sharon Lee Cheuk Wun, Same River Twice (newspaper stand), 2020, Gelatin-silver prints, 6-channel video

1a space is delighted to be a part of Peer to Peer: UK/HK, a programme designed to encourage meaningful cultural exchange and to forge enduring partnerships between the UK and Hong Kong's visual arts sectors.

The programme launches publicly with an online festival of international exchange and collaboration on the 11-14 November, curated by independent curator Ying Kwok.

The Festival will include an online exhibition of digital artworks from UK and Hong Kong based artists, including 5 new commissions by artists nominated by UK and Hong Kong based partners. There will also be a series of digital residencies taking place across partner organisation's social media channels as well as a set of curated panel discussions. Peer to Peer: UK/HK is led by University of Salford Art Collection, Open Eye Gallery and Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and consists of a network of contemporary visual arts organisations across the UK and Hong Kong. The project has been generously supported by funding from Arts Council England and the GREAT campaign.


Save the date Peer to Peer: UK/HK Online Festival 11 - 14 November 2020 Curated by independent curator Ying Kwok, the Peer to Peer: UK/HK online festival will put artists based in the UK and Hong Kong at the centre and will facilitate international cultural exchange and collaboration. Alongside a digital exhibition of new and existing artwork, the festival programme will include panel discussions and a digital sharing platform. The festival will explore artists and practices that critically engage with new media and technology to challenge contemporary art practice and consider the conceptual possibilities. The festival will be free, open to all and will be hosted on Peer to Peer: UK/HK site. Registration will open 21 October 2020.

“I am tremendously impressed by the creative ambition and appetite for international collaboration demonstrated by the Peer to Peer: UK/HK digital project. This is such a heartening example of international exchange and partnership evolving despite the global pandemic. Artists may not be able to travel but – as this project shows - they can connect and innovate in the digital space."

Nick McDowell, Director International, Arts Council England

"We are undergoing a new phase where we have to unlearn our way of life and re-establish new ones. Investing in and developing the new ways of international collaboration is vital in growing the strength of the arts and culture sector." Ying Kwok, Festival Curator


New commissions announced From 11 November Peer to Peer: UK/HK will be presenting five brand new commissions from artists who are creating work through new media, technology and digital platforms. Each of the artists was selected from nominations by UK and Hong Kong partner organisations taking part in Peer to Peer: UK/HK.

They include: Antonio Roberts Untitled, 2020, video Nominated by Charlotte Frost, Furtherfield, London, UK. Antonio Roberts explores what ownership and authorship mean in an age impacted by digital technology. His new work will demonstrate the creative potential of 'Live coding', a performative practice where artists make music and visual art live using programming technology. The practice has grown into a global community, attending online and physical 'Algorave' events.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley I cant remember a time i didn't need you, 2020, interactive story Nominated by Peter Bonnell and co-commissioned with QUAD Derby, UK Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley's work uses animation, sound, performance and video games to communicate the experiences of Black trans people. In her interactive digital story a mysterious fog takes over a city, changing all within it. Hetain Patel Spectrum 2, 2020, Single channel HD Video, acrylic paint Nominated by Skinder Hundal and co-commissioned with New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK Hetain Patel is a London based visual artist and performance maker. Using drawing and animation he will explore the physical manifestation of three different, cultural influences on his body and identity: Bruce Lee, Spider-Man and an Indian squatting position. Lee Kai Chung Theatre Exile (working Title), 2020, single channel video Nominated by Wang Weiwei, CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Art and Textiles), Hong Kong Lee Kai Chung uses historical events, political systems and ideologies to inform his artistic research. The commission is the fourth part of a pentalogy exploring Displacement and Diaspora, taking inspiration from his research of Jewish documentary filmmaker Gertrude Wolfson and Japanese film producer Nagamasa Kwakita. Sharon Lee Cheuk Wan Same River Twice, 2020, Gelatin-silver prints, 6-channel video, 6 sets of moving images uploaded on google map Nominated by Bess Chan, Hong Kong International Photo Festival, Hong Kong Photographer Sharon Lee Cheuk Wan approaches the absence, disappearance and lost in history and memory. Using Google Maps' Street View she explores the online record of Hong Kong's Harcourt Road in 2014, revisiting the road to re-photograph the same street views using analogue photography to create a hybrid half-positive-half-negative digital map.


Generously supported by Arts Council England and the GREAT campaign. Festival Organisers: University of Salford Art Collection, Open Eye Gallery, CFCCA

UK/HK Partners

UK partners a-n - The Artists Information Company, Castlefield Gallery, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Firstsite, Furtherfield, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, New Art Exchange Nottingham, Newlyn Art Gallery / The Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, Open Eye Gallery, QUAD Derby, Red Eye Photography Network, University of Salford Art Collection, and Wellcome Collection.

Hong Kong partners 1983, 1a space, Blindspot Gallery, Centre for Heritage Arts and Textile (CHAT), Eaton Workshop, HART, Hong Kong International Photo Festival, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, K11 Art Foundation, Oil Street Art Space, Videotage and WMA.


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