From Saturday, March 14, to Monday, March 16, 2015, Art Central will welcome the art-loving Hong Kong public alongside an international audience of buyers, curators and art enthusiasts to a vibrant and fresh new event. Art Central is timed to complement Art Basel, positioning the city firmly as one of the world’s leading art hubs.
Art Central will take place on the new Central Harbourfront in a 10,000-square-meter temporary structure. This enviable location on Victoria Harbour will make a bold statement on the Hong Kong skyline.
New York-based Korean artist Ran Hwang's "Healing Blossom" is typical of the avant-garde exhibits at Art Central — Photo courtesy of Ran Hwang
Art Central will be headed by Fair Co-Directors Eve Share Banghart and Maree Di Pasquale, who bring impressive global art fair experience to the team. Banghart joined ART HK in 2009 and went on to become Gallery and Project Manager for Art Basel. Di Pasquale is the former Melbourne Art Fair Assistant Director, having previously worked on the launch of Sydney Contemporary.
"We are hugely excited to be launching Art Central. Not only does the fair provide further reason for collectors to come into town, as it will complement their Art Basel experience, it also invites Hong Kong’s art-loving public to engage with museum-quality works," says Di Pasquale. "We will be showcasing the next generation of talent alongside the most established contemporary galleries and art spaces from around the world in the most prominent satellite fair Hong Kong has ever seen.”
“Satellite fairs play an integral part in global art hubs such as London, Paris and Miami. Art Central lifts Hong Kong’s arts scene to an international standard; we’re getting ready to rival the world’s best,” adds Banghart.
Art Central will feature over 70 galleries from Asia Pacific and the world, and it will present contemporary work from both established artists and a range of newer talent. The fair has a dedicated emerging section entitled Rise, which will showcase both solo and dual artist presentations from spaces launched in the last five years.
Art Central has appointed an impressive gallery selection committee comprised of Ethan Cohen of Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York; Conny Dietzschold of Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney and Cologne; Angela Li of Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong; and Christa Schübbe of Schübbe Inc., Düssledorf.
The fair experience for Art Central will be completed by an ambitious program of talks and panel discussions devised and presented by The Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
Staged daily, the program will provide a means for visitors to directly engage with some of the leading artistic trends and curatorial practices of contemporary art in Asia and beyond, including a panel discussion on contemporary ink art.
“We are thrilled to be launching the next big thing in the Hong Kong art calendar," says Managing Director of Art Central Charles Ross. "Art Central positions the city firmly within the first rank of global art destinations."