ArtMart 2003 is a major fundraising campaign held between December 10th –19th 2003, a cutting-edge festival of parties and exhibitions featuring more than 100 works by 50 over local artists to be sold in time for Christmas. The aim is to raise funds for one of the city’s most significant non-profit arts bodies — Para Site Art Space.
Since 1996 Para Site Art Space has played a pivotal role in nurturing Hong Kong’s art scene, with its flagship gallery in Sheung Wan, its publications promoting art criticism and overseas activities — notably this year’s participation at the famed Venice Biennale. Over seven years Para Site has supported more than 400 artists, however, funding for 2004 is low. Our goal is to raise HK$300,000.
ArtMart opens with a star-studded launch party at Star Street hotspot 1/5 on December 10th, 2003. During the night, works donated by some of the Hong Kong’s most well-known names will be sold at set prices of $3,000 and $5,000 to an eclectic and diverse audience of celebrities, patrons, and supporters of the arts. There will be groovy tunes from favorite Hong Kong DJs —, playing with super saxophonist , performance artists, champagne, and dim sum. This is an invite-only event.
Two days later, on December 12th, 2003 a three-week exhibition of more than 100 works kicks off at the Para Site Art Space with an Artist party. All of the artworks are selling for $1,000 per piece, 50% of which will be given back to the artists, 50% donated to Para Site. The event will give audiences the chance to see a diverse exhibition representing a cross-section of ‘Made in Hong Kong art’ — it is also an opportunity to pick up artworks at remarkably affordable prices. To secure the best viewing, tickets to Artist party are being sold for $100 and are available from Para Site Art Space. Program of the night will include a lucky draw, performances, and an evening of Heineken beer and sangria.
A closing party for ArtMart 2003 is marked for December 19th. The event takes place in Yumla, arguably Hong Kong’s most respected new music venue. With art on the walls, video projections, and performance artists on the prowl — even the DJs are being chosen for their artistic flair. Names include renowned painterinstallation art whiz , film-maker and others … 25% of proceeds from drink sales on the night will be donated to Para Site Art Space and the artists will again be on hand for people to meet.
French artistwill be holding an exhibition of his unique works at the recently opened at Fabrica Features from December 15th, 2003 till January 27th, 2004. will be supporting ArtMart 2003 by donating a percentage of sales of his art pieces to Para Site Art Space.
Negotiations are still underway with GOD on a retail alliance featuring art installations from the ArtMart 2003 show in their selected shops, with a percentage of sales of a nominated item to be donated to Para Site Art Space from December 7th, 2003 till Christmas.
WHERE THE MONEY WILL GO…
Money raised in this campaign will be used to directly support a wealth of Hong Kong artists, curators, and writers to realize their projects in 2004 and for the administration expenses required for the operation of the Para Site Art Space. The aim is also to bring recognition to scores of local artists and an important art body who have been quietly boosting this city’s art scene for the past seven years.
More materials are available to view on site at Para Site.
The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.