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Symposium Launch

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16 September 2022

Join the Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 Symposium – 26 September to 9 October – 

details announced

The Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 Symposium is a key part of the public online festival, running from 26 September until 9 October 2022, and an exciting culmination to the programme of exchange between visual arts organisations in the UK and Hong Kong. 

Screenshot of Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 meeting on 8th September 2022

Screenshot of Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 meeting on 8th September 2022

Curated and shaped by and with the partner organisations, the symposium and festival content encourages collaboration, sharing, learning and discussion, and is now available for everyone to view and book on events at peertopeerexchange.org.

Information on events and activities can also be found across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter following #PeertoPeerUKHK22.

A varied programme of symposium talks and events, involving artists, arts organisations and specialists from the UK and Hong Kong is rolling out across the festival period including: 

26 September, Launch of Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 Festival, Sarah Fisher, Open Eye Gallery and Lindsay Taylor, University of Salford Art Collection

29 September, Artists Ama Dogbe and Yarli Allison – experiences of their shared online ‘micro’ residency. Expect issues such as the gender health data gap and the assimilation of diasporic communities through game art

30 September, Artist, Power and Place – can we move to a future where artistic careers are not linked to location? A discussion re-imagining the way artists work and collaborate

2 October, Back/Forth: Questions on the Road! – live event where the artists and curator in the Back/Forth Mail Art Project will respond to questions for Hong Kong, raised by public participants from Sheffield’s streets

4 October, Ways of Learning – join artists Morgan Wong and Hicham Gardaf to discuss their newly commissioned artworks Journey and The Storyteller as part of their collaborative commission Ways of Learning

5 OctoberWorldbuilding and Wellbeing – a discussion exploring the quickly developing realm of worldbuilding by artists using digital technology, and the wellbeing applications that might result from it

7 October, Noughts and Crossings – interactive and participatory event currently being devised by artists at The Chinese University Hong Kong and Falmouth University, UK

8 October, Art at the Edge of Language – artists and partner organisations come together to think about art as both something that operates at the very edges of what we might understand language to be

Artworks from project partners/visual artists can also be viewed online from 26 September peertopeerexchange.org/projects.

The Peer to Peer: UK/HK programme began with a pilot festival in 2020. Since then, nine UK and nine Hong Kong visual arts organisations have developed partnerships, encouraging exchange between more than 43 artists and over 160 students in, and from, each country.

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Notes to editors:

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 has been developed by Sarah Fisher, Open Eye Gallery and Lindsay Taylor, University of Salford Art Collection, with contributions from Ying Kwok, independent curator, Hong Kong and support from the Arts Council England.

It is a UK/Hong Kong bilateral arts exchange programme that encourages creativity and hopes to build lasting partnerships and legacy through the use of visual arts as a medium.

Of key importance in Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 is the distributed leadership model where partners have worked together for mutual benefit; each creative process has emerged through discussion, exploration and learning about each other.

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 contemplates how the visual arts sector can continue to be outward facing and international whilst considering the future of our planet and the need to reduce our impact on it. Building on learning from the Covid pandemic, none of the participants has travelled to the UK or Hong Kong. A series of online webinars and discussions have enabled nine very different partnerships to form but each with a shared commitment to supporting emerging artists to develop their international networks and profile.

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Partners and Artists Announced

Press Release 07/09/22

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022

Inspiring exchange between visual arts in the UK and Hong Kong

26th September – 9th October 2022

Partners and artists announced

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Nicola Dale and Florence Lam, I become a question for you, 2022

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 is a programme designed to encourage meaningful cultural exchange and to forge enduring partnerships between the UK and Hong Kong’s visual arts sectors.

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 builds on the success of the pilot festival in 2020.  Working within a distributed leadership framework, 9 UK visual arts organisations have developed partnerships with 9 Hong Kong organisations, to create unique projects that encourage exchange between more than 43 artists, and over 160 students, in and from each place. This culminates publicly in an online festival from 26th September until 9th October 2022, curated and shaped by and with the partners. 

We are delighted to announce the partnerships and artists are:

  • Backlit Gallery (Nottingham) with HART: Millie Quick (UK), Nicholas Wong (HK), Tom Ireland (UK)
  • BOM (Birmingham) with Videotage: Ama Dogbe (UK) and Yarli Alison (HK)
  • Castlefield Gallery (Manchester) with Hong Kong Arts Centre: Omid Asadi (UK) and Karen Yu (HK), Kelly Jane Jones (UK) and Lazarus Chan (HK), John Powell Jones (UK) and Kong Kee (HK) 
  • Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange with 1983: Staff and students from Falmouth University and Chan Ting (HK) with students from Fine Arts Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Open Eye Gallery, (Liverpool) and Redeye, The Photography Network with WMA: Anna Sellen (UK), Emma Lambert (UK), Lucy Saggers (UK), Seongsu Kim (UK), Melanie King (UK), Johannes Pretorius (UK), Joseph LEUNG Mong Sum (HK), Edwin CHUK Yin Man (HK), Andrew FONG Hin Nam (HK), Samson WONG Pak Hang (HK), Terry Ng (HK), Fion HUNG Chin Yan (HK), Iris Sham (HK)
  • Open School East (Margate) with Rooftop Institute: Hicham Gardarf (UK) and Morgan Wong (HK)
  • QUAD (Derby) with Blindspot Gallery: Seema Mattu (UK) and Eason Tsang Ka Wai (HK)
  • University of Salford Art Collection with 1a space: Clara and Gum @ C & G Artpartment (UK) and Mark Chung (HK)
  • University of Salford Art Collection with Per.Platform: Nicola Dale (UK) and Florence Lam (HK) with Chan Tze Woon (HK) and Darren Nixon (UK)
Ama Dogbe and Yarli Alison micro residency at BOM and Videotage 5- 9 Sept 2022.

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 is organised by Open Eye Gallery and University of Salford Art Collection with support from Arts Council England.

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

Screengrab from closing session of Peer to Peer:UK/HK 2020

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 contemplates how the visual arts sector can continue to be outward facing and international whilst considering the future of our planet and the need to reduce our impact on it.   Taking learning from the Covid pandemic, none of the participants have travelled to the UK or Hong Kong, instead the partners and the artists have used their creativity and ingenuity to collaborate meaningfully – from live performance with digital exchange, to postal exchange to working together in gaming or other digital environments.  

The Online Festival will include the nine new projects  as well as events, presentations and creative research that reflects the genuine collaborations between artists and supported by partner organisations.  A symposium will bring together partners, artists and external speakers to explore, investigate, and consider how remote working can, and does, lead to meaningful and sustainable partnerships, and cultural exchange.

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 has been developed by Sarah Fisher, Open Eye Gallery and Lindsay Taylor, University of Salford Art Collection, with contributions from Ying Kwok, independent curator, Hong Kong.

Website: https://www.peertopeerexchange.org

#PeertoPeerUKHK2022

For more information and images please contact: sebah@openeye.org.uk

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Ways of Being Together

Kong Kee image still from Dragon Delusion (2019)

Peer to Peer: UK / HK – Ways of Being Together | Castlefield Gallery

Live event with performance and video screening 

Part of Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022, Castlefield Gallery is working with Hong Kong Art Centre to co-present the work of six artists: online on the Peer to Peer festival website (live 26th Sep – 9th Oct) and through two live events (Castlefield Gallery Sep 8th and HKAC Sep 16th).

The artists were put into pairs and invited to get to know each other’s work. During the two events the artists who will be physically present in their home cities will stand in for those that are absent, in an attempt to embody their work for the audience. The aim of this project is to help the artists contextualise and communicate their work to a distant audience and to explore ways of connecting, exchanging and being together – on and off screen.

For the event at Castlefield Gallery, Omid Asadi and Karen Yu will open a dialogue over the internet which will interact with pre-recorded material and live performance incorporating the artists’ readings of poems and literature in their native languages (Persian and Cantonese). John Powell-Jones will introduce a short video work made in collaboration with Kong Kee, in which the world of Kee’s Dragon Delusion will be explored through the eyes of Atamur, an avatar that recently appeared as the central character in Powell-Jones’ Web Wide World comic and interactive art work. Kelly Jayne Jones and Lazarus Chan are creating a shared digital space which will be presented in an immersive sound performance with sonic elements; considering ‘Morphic Resonance’ and the potential for actions no matter how small to have repercussions and connect us across the globe. 

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BOM News Announcement

Ama Dogbe and Yarli Alison micro residency at BOM and Videotage 5- 9 Sept 2022.

BOM are excited to be collaborating with Videotage, a Hong Kong based new media art organisation as part of the Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022.

After meeting up with Videotage, BOM discovered that there were several curatorial threads that interested them both; creating work within or inspired by games and the relationship between virtual worlds and the human body / state. BOM wanted to run a short, online residency shaped by these themes and we are delighted to announce the artists chosen to take part, Ama Dogbe & Yarli Allison.

The Residency will take place in early September with a discussion event taking place late September / early October as part of the Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 Festival. Keep an eye on our socials (@BOMLab) to find out more…