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ArtMart 2003: Made in Hong Kong, for Hong Kong

Dec 10, 2003
Dec 19, 2003


Para/Site Art Space, 2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan

Opening Launch Party: Almond Chu, Anothermountainman, Caroline Cheng Yi, Caroline Yi Cheng, Chan Yuk Keung, Chu Hing Wah, Craig Au Yeung, Fiona Wong, Francis Yu, Francis Yu Wai Luen, Freeman Lau, Frog King Kwok Mang Ho, Jaffa Lam Laam, Warren Leung Chi Wo, Lui Chun Kwong, Rosanna Li, Simon Birch, Sin Yuen, So Hing Keung, Stella Tang Ying Chi, Tim Li, Kith Tsang Tak Ping

The Exhibition: Alex Chang, Almond Chu, Angela Chan, Caroline Hu Yee Man, Catherine Cloran, Chan Kai Yin, Ching Chin Wai, Chow Chun Fai, Chun Poon, Davis Chan, David Clarke, Dorothy Wan, Evangelo Chostadimas, Evelyna Liang Yee Woo, Fiona Wong, Fonna Lai, Gordon Lo, Hisun Wong, Ho Yuen Leung, Ip Yuk Yiu, Jaffa Lam Laam, Janice Leung Wan Yee, Jannel Chan, Jasper Lau, Jeff Leung, Jeffrey Aranita, Julius Wong, Kacey Wong, Katherine Chan, Kwan Sheung Chi, Frog King Kwok Mang Ho, Laura Ruggeri, Law Man Lok, Lee Kit, Warren Leung Chi Wo, Linda Lai, Zoe Lee Tak Nga, Lukas Tam Wai Ping, Marylene Lichtenstern, Michael Cheng , Millie Chan, Mimi Chun, Miranda Tsui Ngai, Mok Pui Yuk, Norman Jackson Ford, Peg Leung Pui Man, Phil Shek, Phoebe Hui, Ricky Tang, Sandy Poon, Sara Wong Chi Hang, Sin Yuen, Sit Lik Hoi, Sonia, Stella Tang, Steven Pang, Su Au, Tamshui, Tim Li, Tozer Pak Sheung Chuen, Tricia Tang, Kith Tsang Tak Ping, Tsang To, Tsang Ying Kuk, Valerie Portefaix, Laurent Gutierrez, Wong Siu Ling, Wong Wai Yim, Woo Ling Ling, Yeelin Yeung, Zoe Lee Tak Nga, and many more


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 — DJ Simon Pang and Vincent, playing with super saxophonist Steff Lawrence, 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 painter Simon Birch, installation art whiz Steve Yau, film-maker Sean Fitzpatrick 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 artist Jean Sebastien Lalleman will be holding an exhibition of his unique works at the recently opened at Fabrica Features from December 15th, 2003 till January 27th, 2004. Jean Sebastien Lalleman 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.



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. 

Click here to see a full inventory of all archive materials and contact us at archive@para-site.art for enquiries, to request an appointment to view materials, and for archival materials donations.


The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.



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Dec 10, 2003
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1/5, Star Crest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai

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Dec 12, 2003
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Dec 19, 2003
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