Beyond Borders: Reshaping the Ordinaries of Hong Kong Contemporary Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition

Venue: The Oval & Upper Oval, Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Road, Toronto 
Date: 2022.05.30 - 2022.06.28
Time: 10:00 – 18:00 (EDT) 
Price: Free admission  
 Beyond Borders: Reshaping the Ordinaries of Hong Kong Contemporary Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition 

Jointly presented by
Hong Kong Arts Centre and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto)

Organised by
CanAsia Creative Exchange

Supported by
Hong Kong Tourism Board


Since the beginning of 2020, the pandemic has brought forth challenges in varying degrees both to our lives and to the world at large. It is our hope we could do our part to alleviate this predicament through the incredible healing powers of arts and crafts. To this end, we hope that our promotion of Asian cultural products could serve that purpose and at the same time achieve a breakthrough of geographical boundaries between Canada and Hong Kong by introducing the local Hong Kong arts scene to a wide range of international audiences.

In 2021, with the full support of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto, Hong Kong Arts Centre presented and curated a contemporary Cheongsam exhibition in Toronto, Canada for the first time. The exhibition titled Transformative Chic – The Everlasting Cheongsam Exhibition provided a platform for the public to learn more about the unique Intangible Cultural Heritage (hereinafter referred to as "ICH") artworks of Cheongsam, which bore a symbolic representation of Hong Kong, a city with unique charms with a transformative nature.

This year in 2022, we hope to make another entry under a theme of Beyond Borders to continue promoting cultural exchanges through exhibiting more contemporary ICH artworks to the community in Toronto in Canada. Participating Hong Kong local artists give new interpretations to traditional artisanship with their creativities and originalities by integrating ICH into modern living. They showcase the fruits of blending the old with the new to reshape the ordinaries of Hong Kong. This exhibition guides the audience to get closer to ICH craftsmanship related to daily life and display more innovative ICH artworks. We hope to arouse the public concern about the continuity and inheritance of ICH.

 Participating Artists 

Chan Wai-tung, Jessica | Paper Crafting Artist

Jessica focuses on sculptures, installations and mixed-media works and is interested in topics such as religions, memories and contemporary human relationships. In this exhibition, she deployed the traditional paper crafting technique to build the skeleton of the lion head. With a main colour theme of red and pink, the contemporary lion head was decorated with leather and modern accessories. 

Si Meng-kuan, Frankie | Mini Cheongsam Artist
Hong Kong was still combating the challenges posed by the pandemic during the creation of the exhibits mini Cheongsams. By the time Frankie was wrapping up the collection, over a million people were infected, which was more than one-seventh of the total population. Under such global impact, she wanted to pass on some positive messages and blessings through her work to the people of Hong Kong and the world. She used cheerful rainbow colours as the main focal point of this collection, incorporating different Hong Kong cultural motifs into the design to bring out a unique Cheongsam from the city of Hong Kong.


YU Siu-naam | Galvanised Iron Artist
Galvanised iron mailboxes, is an iconic accessory for a home as a container for receiving mail. The mailboxes have witnessed decades of changes in Hong Kong; however, under the prevalence of subdivided housing and online communications, the living conditions and the flow of information of Hong Kong people have evolved. What are the possibilities that can be created from the traditional white iron letterboxes today’s society?

In addition, Naam created a set of coffee utensils through galvanised iron product making technique, integrating the obsolete material into our everyday lives - he fuses new and contemporary elements with cultural heritage and explores new possibilities of Intangible Cultural Heritage. 

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 Online Sharing: How can we apply the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) into our society's sustainable life? 

Canada Time:

Date: 16 June, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 19:00 - 20:00 (PDT) / 22:00 - 23:00 (EDT)

Hong Kong Time:
Date: 17 June, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 (HKT)

Platform: Zoom
Language: English
Limited quota

Ms. Connie LAM, Executive Director, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Ms. Jaffa LAM, Academic Head, Hong Kong Art School; Project Director, the Jockey Club ICH+ Innovative Heritage Education Programme; Sculpture Contemporary Artist

Registration link:

 Online Sharing: How can we bring a new creation into the traditional artisanship alongside its preservation? 

Canada Time:
Date: 21 June, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 19:00 - 20:00 (PDT) / 22:00 - 23:00 (EDT)

Hong Kong Time:
Date: 22 June, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 (HKT)

Platform: Zoom
Language: English
Limited quota

Ms. Lam Ka-yu, Inkgo, Bamboo Steamer Contemporary Artist
Mr. Luk Tsing-yuen, Galvanised Iron Contemporary Artist

Ms. Jaffa LAM, Academic Head, Hong Kong Art School; Project Director, the Jockey Club ICH+ Innovative Heritage Education Programme; Sculpture Contemporary Artist

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Hong Kong Arts Centre – Art for Passion, Art for Life, Art for All

Since 1977, the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) has been a platform for nurturing and supporting artists, and infusing art into everyday life. Its unique arts and educational programmes aim to make the arts accessible for all.  The HKAC believes in the transformational power of art for people from all walks of life. Established for more than four decades, the HKAC endeavours to bring arts to the people of Hong Kong – by presenting programmes for visual arts, performing arts, moving images and media arts, comics and animation. Our other areas also cover arts education, conferences, festivals, public art and community projects. All with the vision and mission of engaging and inspiring creativity in the Hong Kong community.  In 2000, HKAC founded its education arm, Hong Kong Art School (HKAS). The HKAS provides award-bearing programmes to nurture artists and art practitioners, as well as short enrichment courses for the general public. The HKAC aspires to engage everyone in the community to become an active participant in the arts – as an enthusiast, an artist or a patron. In 2023, the HKAC will celebrate its 45th anniversary. Let’s continue to embrace ‘Art for Passion, Art for Life, Art for All’, and share the inspiration.


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