Para Site Annual Fundraising Auction 2019


Silent Auction: Open now until 15 Nov 2019, 11:30pm HKT
Live Auction: Open now until 14 Nov 2019, 6:00pm HKT


6 – 14 Nov 2019, 10am – 8pm
Soho House Hong Kong
8/F, 33 Des Voeux Rd West
Sheung Wan


Dear Friends,

We are grateful and humbled by the support we have received this year, from artists and galleries in Hong Kong and abroad, who all believe passionately in art’s future and in the need for the spaces that nurture it to continue thriving. In this difficult year, we must not forget art’s unique powers to bring communities together, to foster dialogue, and to imagine a better future.

The annual auction has always been an integral source of support for Para Site, raising a large percentage of our yearly budget to ensure the continuation and development of our expansive roster of exhibitions, as well as our public and educational programmes, in Hong Kong and beyond. Thanks to the success of last year’s auction, some of the most ground-breaking, successful, and internationally recognised exhibitions to date were made possible, including the highly acclaimed major retrospective of one of Hong Kong’s major artistic figures, Ellen Pau, mounted at Para Site at the beginning of the year and An Opera for Animals, on view in spring at our home, and staged later in the summer with great success at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, as the first step in a major institutional collaboration with our partners at RAM, which will then see another exhibition realised together in Hong Kong in autumn of next year. Para Site’s presence beyond our home base in Hong Kong this year includes even more projects: the curation of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Jogja Biennale in Indonesia entitled Sea Breeze; Chris Evans, Pak Sheung Chuen: Two Exhibitions, our attendance record-breaking exhibition from 2017 was shown this year at the Hong-gah Museum, Taipei; Koloa: Women, Art, and Textiles premiered in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, as one of the first international exhibitions to tour from the country and will be shown later this year in Hong Kong; A beast, a god, and a line continues its international tour to Kunsthall Trondheim, Norway, where it will open later this month, and at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai next spring; further to this, Para Site is the partner institution for the Kathmandu Triennale 2020, planning an extensive interchange between Para Site exhibition and this major Asian event.

This stronger and broader global presence directly translates to support for the emerging generation in Hong Kong. This year we have organised an unprecedented number of exhibitions featuring young artists and curators, including Bicycle Thieves and Courses of Action, two summer exhibitions that were continuations of our support of the next generation of curators from our region in having the chance to realise their first large-scale exhibition with all the opportunities Para Site has to offer: its space, experience, and budget; a solo exhibition showcasing newly commissioned works by Hong Kong artist Chan Ka Kiu at our booth at Art Basel Hong Kong; Hard Cream, Hong Kong artist Doreen Chan’s solo exhibition in Guangzhou; among others. Currently, Café do Brasil, on view at Para Site, focuses on the works of an upcoming generation of artists working in Hong Kong and Greater China.

In addition to these exhibitions, we have grown our educational platforms, including our prestigious intensive Workshop for Emerging Art Professionals (to which over 80 international talents applied this year!) from Hong Kong and abroad, held in conjunction with our annual International Conference—which was, yet again, a major event on the global art agenda, besides being a laboratory for the future of Hong Kong’s art.

All of these programmes have been mediated to our diverse audiences through a record number of public programmes, and multi-lingual tours for students and members of the general public. Alongside this, we have also invited and hosted numerous art professionals in residence with Para Site, to spend time exploring and conducting research in Hong Kong to cultivate long term connections with our city, resulting in long-term cultural exchange.

These achievements would not be possible without the tremendous generosity of our patrons and supporters.

All the while, Para Site has been a pioneering institution in the fair pay of artists, offering artists fees and work insurance to all its collaborators. As part of an effort to expand social protections for artists, this year, we will start covering medical insurance costs for all artists working for Para Site projects (including the ones working on donations for the fundraising auction), covering both the production and exhibition periods. And because we would like you to know exactly the figures behind these plans and how your support translates into our work, we are listing below a few examples of the costs that go into these projects:

HK$ 3,500—artist fee for participating in one of our group exhibitions

HK$ 5,000—artist medical and dental insurance coverage for half a year

HK$ 10,000—electricity in the gallery for one month

HK$ 20,000—sponsorship of a young professional to attend our annual workshops

HK$ 50,000—production of Para Site’s booth in Art Basel featuring a young artist

HK$ 70,000—production of a newly commissioned installation work

HK$100,000 – production costs for annual public programmes and events

HK$ 150,000—printing of a major Para Site publication

HK$ 500,000—production of a regular Para Site exhibition

We would thus like to thank again all of you for supporting us; to all the artists, galleries, and friends who have donated an unprecedented set of works and experiences, to our expanding family of Global Council Members, Founding Friends, Friends, and Associates, as well as to our Board and Advisors, who have made our past year possible. Special gratitude goes to our Auction Hotel Partner: the St. Regis Hong Kong and to Alan Lo and André Fu; our Auction Preview Venue Partner: Soho House Hong Kong and to Akarin Gaw, our Conviviality Partners: Gelardini & Romani and Pernod Ricard, our auctioneer: Jehan Chu, and event designer Gemma Blest. We are also thankful to the following organisations for their support: Paddle8, AXA Insurance and TAPevents. Last, but certainly not least, our heartfelt and special thanks to Shane Akeroyd, Mimi Chun-Gradel, Virginia Yee, and an anonymous donor for generously hosting the auction gala.

Cosmin Costinas

Executive Director and Curator Para Site