The move to establish Hong Kong as a regional centre for culture and the arts received a welcome boost last week with the unveiling of an exhibition of animated art and the news that the city will soon boast its own “Comix Home Base,” housed in 10 historic buildings.
The Comix & the City exhibition will run until May 25 at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in Wan Chai and will feature selected work from around 30 of the city’s leading artists, among them Alice Mak, creator of the wildly successful and award-winning series of McDull cartoons and animated feature films, which centre around the daily struggles of a plucky little pig.
The exhibition is being hosted and coordinated by the arts centre, which says the event will “let our audience discover the distinct styles of different comics and animations from different times.”
“These artists/groups will share their urban inspirations and snippets in artistic creation with our audience. Based on their intimate observation of the community and daily interactions with people from different local districts, these artists have illuminated the city’s many hidden charms,” organisers said in a statement announcing the event.
The exhibition is a precursor to the scheduled 2013 opening of the Comix Home Base, a “revitalised” group of 10 pre-war buildings which the arts centre will run and which the organisation says will be used to host comics and animation-related events and programmes and to promote “Hong Kong and overseas comics and animation creations through education, retail, documentation.” It will be the first such centre in Hong Kong.
The move comes at a time when the animation industry is a hot topic in China, following the February announcement that American’s massive DreamWorks studio was setting up a base in Shanghai with Chinese partners and this week’s announcement that the Disney corporation has entered into a deal with China’s Ministry of Culture to help promote and develop animation in the country.
It also comes as Hong Kong continues to debate about just how to proceed with its HK$21.6 billion (2.6 billion euro) West Kowloon Cultural District, a collection of performance centers and galleries that the city’s leaders proclaim would establish it as the centre for arts in Asia, but one which has been in the planning stage now since 1998.
Category: Hong Kong