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Comixtream in the City – Wan Chai

Date & Time:
01/11/2017 - 31/07/2018

Wan Chai is the cradle of Hong Kong’s animation and comics (ani-com) industry, with many local ani-com artists started their career here. It is also the home of Hong Kong’s first art community featuring ani-com – Comix Home Base.

This autumn, Hong Kong Arts Centre and Comix Home Base present Comixtream in the City – Wan Chai, a project that transforms the district’s public spaces into exciting ani-com encounters. Eight local veteran and upcoming ani-com artists collaborate to bring comics art to four distinctive locations, forming a comics cluster that celebrates Wan Chai’s past, present and imagines its future, also promoting Wan Chai as an ani-com landmark in Hong Kong.

Surrounding the now revitalised heritage Comix Home Base are five lampposts decorated by local designer and illustrator Bo Law, whose work personify the tranquil neighbourhood of Sun, Moon and Star Streets as an old angler overlooking Wan Chai’s vibrant streets and waterfront. North to them, comics artists Jerry Cho, Mandycat and Bonnie Pang have transformed Southorn Playground into a comic showcase of Wan Chai’s street scenes and everyday life.

Along Gloucester Road, comics artist Justin Wong has worked together with Dolly Lee to bring the area’s diverse cityscape – from the historical tramway and traditional teahouses to the modern architecture such as Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – to the East entrance of the Revenue Tower. Six distinctive scenes of Wan Chai, connected by the tramway, are featured above the entrance to show the change of landscape from Wan Chai South to Wan Chai North.

On an exterior wall outside the building of Hong Kong Arts Centre, local comics veterans Alice Mak and Keung Chi Kit envision a green “Wan Chai Hill” in their collaborative work. Their famous comics characters, McDull and Samba, are having a cheerful stroll on the Hill.

Comixtream in the City – Wan Chai, not only serves as a public platform for local comics artists to gain exposure to local and international audience, but also acts as a unique community and outreach project. A series of workshops will be held to engage diverse communities and strengthen the exchanges among ani-com artists, different social groups and the general public, raising awareness of public art and bringing comics into the city’s daily lives.

Locations of public artwork:
1. Comix Home Base (5 neighbouring lampposts)
2. Southorn Playground (interior and exterior walls of the main entrance at Hennessy Road and an interior wall of the public stand)
3. Revenue Tower (East entrance on the Ground Floor)
4. Hong Kong Arts Centre (exterior wall facing Gloucester Road)


Upcoming events:

Comixtream in the City Wan Chai Comix Archi-Walk

Wan Chai is one of Hong Kong’s earliest developed districts and has profound historical and cultural presence. Have you spotted the newly added Public Art which is part of the “Comixtream in the City – Wan Chai” project that invited local artists to decorate Hong Kong Arts Centre, Southorn Playground, Revenue Tower and the lampposts surrounding Comix Home Base with ani-com elements? The district has fascinating tales and architecture of the old and the new to tell.

Comixtream in the City - Wan Chai Comix Archi-Walk is a collaboration betweenthe Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Hong Kong Architecture Centre sponsored by Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It covers twoin-depth guided tours separately led by the renowned architects Joe Lui and Ivy Yung at Hong Kong Architecture Centre, partnering with the established comics artist Jerry Cho, who will explain to the tour participants his artistic concept of his public comics art mural at one of the interior walls of the Southorn Playground. Lui and Yung will also share their insights of Wan Chai, including its history, heritage and exclusive architectural features, etc.

Tour and Registration Details:
Audience: Public
Fee: Free admission
Assembly point: Main Entrance, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Date: 30 March, 2018 (Friday, Public Holiday)

Tour A:
Time: 3:30pm – 6pm
Guided tour architect speaker and comics artist speaker: Architect Joe Lui (Vice-chair of Hong Kong Architecture Centre (HKAC)) and Comics Artist Jerry Cho
Capacity: 25
Language: English

Tour B:
Time: 4pm – 6:30pm
Guided tour architect speaker and comics artists speaker: Architect Ivy Yung (Chair of HKAC Archi-Walk Committee) and Comics Artist Jerry Cho
Capacity: 25
Language: Cantonese

Online registration: https://goo.gl/HnJn27
Enquiries: Ms Fung at efung@hkac.org.hk / 2582 0229

Guided Tour Speakers:
Joe Lui, Architect
Joe is the Associate Director of AGC Design Limited, Vice-chair of Hong Kong Architecture Centre (HKAC) and the Principal of Docent Academy of HKAC. He is dedicated to organizing public events to raise public’s awareness in Architecture through Archi-walk, architectural docent training and Archi-talk, etc. so to let the general public and tourists to understand more about what is architecture and how to appreciate it more.

Ivy Yung, Architect
Ivy is Senior Associate with 10 Design and Chair of Hong Kong Architecture Centre (HKAC) Archi-Walk Committee. Ivy has studied and worked abroad for over 10 years, and she found that, comparing to other cities, Hong Kong is exceptional in form and character. Combining her practical background in construction and design sensibility honed through years of practice, Ivy continues to explore the city’s uniqueness, both the good and bad sides, with visitors and residents alike.

Jerry Cho, Comics Artist
Jerry Cho served under major comics publishing companies such as Culturecom, Jonesky Limited, and Jade Dynasty Limited, etc. He also edited works such as Journal of the Vampire Hunter, Biohazard 3, Killer and Deadend. In 2015, he was selected as one of The 10 Best Hong Kong Comics Artists.

Co-Presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre and Hong Kong Architecture Centre

漫遊城市 灣仔 「塗遊Floor Battle」

【漫遊城市–灣仔】邀請本地藝術家以動漫元素為灣仔多個建築物增添色彩,説明藝術可以隨處發生。今次,【漫遊城市—灣仔】項目的系列工作坊「塗遊FLOOR BATTLE」邀請了兩位參與有關項目的藝術家,分別是設計動漫基地周邊燈柱的插畫家 Bo Law,與有份設計香港藝術中心其中一幅外牆的漫畫家姜智傑。Bo Law與姜智傑將會聯手,在香港藝術中心正門前空地上繪畫!適逢香港藝術中心開放日,我們誠邀各位來到正門前,與兩位藝術家一同發揮創意與想像力,把你們心目中的灣仔化為圖案,塗畫在地上,把香港藝術中心門前的空地化成灣仔另一片風景。

插畫家及漫畫家: Bo Law+姜智傑

語言: 廣東話

網上登記: https://goo.gl/XiakWi
如欲查詢,請聯絡馮小姐:efung@hkac.org.hk / 25820229

Bo Law
2008年畢業於香港藝術學院傳意設計系。創作風格偏好圍繞空間,以想像去探究藝術的可能性。2013年以插畫師身份受邀參加日本“瀨戶國際藝術祭之Fukutake House亞洲藝術平台”。2016年受邀到PMQ舉辦'Long Time No see'展覽。現以自由工作者的身份從事設計和繪圖插畫工作。

傑修讀插畫設計課程出身,自1999年奪得正文社的漫畫新秀賞起,就於CO-CO! 旗下推出了包括《三十六計》、《極速戰機飛飛飛》、《森巴Amigo》、《森巴Family》等多部輕鬆惹笑的作品,是香港最受歡迎的兒童漫畫家之一。其森巴系列作品同時獲得內地及新加坡出版社垂青,推出簡體中文及英文版本。2008年更憑森巴系列作品奪得中國「第4届金龍獎原創動漫藝術大賽 - 最佳兒童漫畫獎」。 2015年獲香港藝術中心邀請成為其中一位香港代表到法國安古蘭國際漫畫節參與交流活動;有關活動由香港特別行政區政府「創意香港」贊助。

Details of upcoming workshops will be announced on the official website and the Facebook page of the Hong Kong Arts Centre in due course.

Comixtream in the City – Wan Chai is an accredited event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Disclaimer: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.


Free Admission


Co-Pesenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre & Comix Home Base


ptse@hkac.org.hk / 2582 0202


Sponsor: Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Collaborator: Wan Chai District Council Cultural and Leisure Services Committee

Previous Workshop: 


"Comixtream x Yum Cha Together" Parent-child Workshop
The workshop began with a vivid presentation by comics artist Jerry Cho, who has created a site-specific work Wan Chai 72 inside Southorn Playground. Jerry shared with all the workshop participants his artistic inspiration and the stories behind this project. Afterwards, the group headed towards Comix Home Base for a short walking tour to discover the five lampposts decorated by young illustrator Bo Law. The tour followed by a fun and informative tea gathering led by Carmen Lee, author of the book Yum Cha Together. The participants enjoyed a variety of delicious dim sums while learning more about the history of Hong Kong’s yum cha culture through some comics-inspired games.

Date: 11/11/2017 (Sat)
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Target Group: 6 to 12-year-olds and parents
Number of Participants: 24 (including children and parents)
Cost: Free Admission
Language: Cantonese
Meeting Point: Hennessey Road Entrance of Southorn Playground

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