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Hong Kong Creative Force

Hong Kong Creative Force

As Asia’s leading hub of creativity, Hong Kong has been fostering growth of the local creative industries and is on the cutting edge of various sectors including design, advertising, marketing, digital entertainment, films, music, television, publishing & printing and architecture. The significant contribution of cultural and creative industries to Hong Kong’s economy will continue to be one of the key driving forces of Hong Kong’s economic growth in the future.

Sponsored by the “Create Hong Kong (CreateHK)” of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the “Hong Kong Creative Force” pavilion is a campaign to raise public awareness of local young creative talents. Local designers can promote their innovative works to local and overseas visitors, as well as connect with the business sector and overseas markets through this platform.

In 2019, the “Hong Kong Creative Force” pavilion showcased a series of design projects which feature the effort made by ingenious local artists, including a collaborative design project with local young designers - “RetroInnovations”, and many other creative works from diversified disciplines – including architecture, sculpture, photography, painting and upcycling, and art pieces reflecting Hong Kong traditional craftsmanship.

In line with the overarching theme of “Co-create Sustainable Cities”, all these collaborative works aim to promote environmental sustainability, along with the significance to sustain cultures and craftmanship.

2019 Overview

SHOW MAP
Guide Map
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RetroInnovations

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The Warehouse Dai Pai Dong

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Who moved my signboard?

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Hong Kong Nostalgia: Hand-written Minibus Sign

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Fusion

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Happy Artisans

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Art is in every Moment, in every Matter

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WaHaYeah.Sketch Something

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Upcycling Art

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Holistic Sustainability in Architecture

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The Urban Micro-Transform Design Week

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Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest

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The HK4As Kam Fan Awards

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RetroInnovations

Creative talents in Hong Kong have been on the cutting edge in several fields, reinforcing the city’s role as Asia’s creative hub. Apart from commercial projects, they also play a crucial role in shaping the local culture from time to time.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council invites 26 emerging young design talents from various disciplines – including architecture, spatial, product, accessories and fashion design – to create a series of contemporary installations to re-interpret and pay tribute to traditional culture. Blending traditional cultural elements into novel ideas and vivid artworks, the project demonstrates how traditional wisdom is being passed from the silver generation to the young, and how both generations unite to revitalise treasures from the past. Interacting with the series of interesting installations, visitors will understand creativity is not only a driving force to improve living standards but also an interconnecting fabric of the “past” and the “future” to promote a happy spirit among city dwellers from all walks of life in terms of cultural sustainability and conservation. The project is supported by Design Council of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Interior Design Association and The Hong Kong Institute of Architects.

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The Warehouse Dai Pai Dong

The Warehouse Dai Pai Dong is a co-created project which consists of the Warehouse Makerspace, Yat Muk, Breakthrough Art Studio and UpCycling Plus that aims to promote the spirit of ‘made in Hong Kong’. Using three types of raw materials - wood, bamboo and metal, local craftsmen and young makers construct a unique scenery of Dai Pai Dong (food stalls in Hong Kong). Also, visitors can experience wood shaving, stone mining and bamboo weaving on site in the designated sessions. The Warehouse Dai Pai Dong values interactions between individuals and hopes to present the culture of the young craftsmen community with an attitude of practicality, flexibility and openness.

Craftsmanship is making a comeback among the younger generations while makerspaces have emerged as the times require. Located in a historical site, The Warehouse Makerspace is a community co-working space that gathers groups of makers specialised in different types of craftsmanship to share and exchange ideas as well as to learn, think and practice the art of craftsmanship in their everyday lives.

The Youth participation in this exhibition is sponsored by The Bank of East Asia Charitable Foundation.

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Supporting Organisations:


The Warehouse Teenage Club
The Warehouse Teenage Club (The Warehouse) is located at former Aberdeen Police Station, which is also a grade 2 historic building. The Warehouse is a registered charitable non-profit making youth centre for youngsters between the age of 13 and 25, to develop multi-talents and contribute to the society by organizing different programmes, such as Arts, Cultural Heritage Conservation and Maker Space, etc. The Warehouse is one of the first non-profit making youth organizations that provides Maker Space in Hong Kong.
The Warehouse Makerspace
The Warehouse Makerspace is a co-working space for young makers. We encourage self-initiated learning outside the educational system and gather like-minded youth regardless of their physical location or individual identity, to work together openly on making projects while sharing the space and resources. We aim to empower the participants with skills and experience to work and live autonomously as part of the Slash Generation, as well as to contribute to the society with care for the people.

Sponsor:


BEA Foundation
Yat Muk
Yat Muk - ‘Yat’ stands for ‘whole’, and ‘Muk’ stands for ‘woodworking’ in Chinese.

An aspiration to devote one’s whole life in woodworking, and to create woodworks that accompany people through their whole life.

My first woodworking experience took place in Taiwan in July 2016. It made me aware of the fact that the tradition of wood-crafting is facing extinction in Hong Kong. The lack of systematic teaching of woodworking is also accountable for the gradual decline. Therefore I travelled to different places to learn woodworking for 3 years. Through intensive learning, I was able to observe the variations of practices and techniques in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. By experiencing and examining in these regions, I have extended my knowledge in traditional woodworking.

Yat Muk

Creates a space to re-think woodworking

Differentiate between a woodworker and a woodworking machine operator

Resumes and explores woodworking in Hong Kong
Breakthrough Art Studio
Breakthrough Art Studio
Everything we do is about pursing, preserving and sustaining ancient textile art.

We had visited different places to explore traditional textiles and exchange with craftsmen. We weave fabrics by our hands, in order to showcase the richness of texture, aesthetic, timeless of design, sustainable materials and production.

We are acting as both designer and craftsman, to tell the stories of traditional spinning, weaving, dying and embroidery art by contemporary designs. By varies of activities and workshops, also weaving tools, fashion and accessories designs, people are getting to know more about the culture, especially the new generation.
UpcyclingPlus
UpCycling Plus is started by a group of professional artisans, designers and apprentice with the goal to promote social and urban mobility through upcycling and cycling. In addition to providing a co-learning platform for sharing skills and knowledge through guided tours and workshops on craft and design, UpCycling Plus creates a cargo bike ‘Moving Gacang’ that travels through neighborhoods as a mobile makerspace and tools library. We aim to bring creativity, vintage aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship to the public, creating more possibilities in our lives and community. Let’s turn waste into improved taste!
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Who moved my signboard?

The unique vibrant scene created by dense, colourful signboards on the streets is considered as one distinctive characteristic of Hong Kong. Signboards, despite its primary purpose of commercial promotion, contribute to a unique Hong Kong cityscape that is co-created by different business owners, artists and craftsmen, and a culture that encompasses various historical and artistic values.

@streetsignhk will be showing 3 sets of rescued signboards, telling the stories behind the signboards and how they were rescued. Conservation work of signboards will also be introduced, from promotion and education on social media, reaching out to signboard owner to explore preservation possibility, to rescuing signboards that are inevitably demolished. On the other hand, the exhibits would demonstrate the uniqueness of Hong Kong signboards, including the calligraphy, different signboard materials and neon light craft.

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@streetsignhk
@streetsignhk is a self-initiated concern group started in October 2017 that aims at promoting street signs as urban cultural heritage.

Urban streetscape is one of the many aspects that defines the character of a city, and in Hong Kong, signboards, and neon signs in particular, play a key role. In recent years due to enforcement of new building regulations and concerns from general public on safety, we noticed a trend of signboards rapidly disappearing and our distinctive streetscape fading.

Our idea is to raise the awareness of preservation by promoting the cultural and historic importance of signboards, and as architects, we would promote awareness on signboard by using our professional background and knowledge, aimed at both the general public and signboard owners by sharing information on the different aspects of signboards, including related building regulations.
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Hong Kong Nostalgia: Hand-written Minibus Sign

Minibus signs reflect the changing times and carry an unique cultural meaning in Hong Kong. These hand-painted acrylic signs not only clarify the fares and destinations of minibuses, but also lead the way for countless passengers over all these years.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council invited Mr. Mak Kam-sang, the last writer of minibus signs in Hong Kong to create an art installation made up of multiple calligraphy minibus signs that he has written. It aims to reveal the “red minibus culture” of Hong Kong and invite the visitors to examine the handwritten minibus signs from a new perspective, in order to sustain and pass on this traditional craftsmanship.

Hong Kong Nostalgia: Hand-written Minibus Sign
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Fusion

16 sculpture works created by Hong Kong Sculpture’s artists are gathered to showcase the artists’ daily life creativity. Made from different medium and materials, the sculpture works come in various forms and colours to trigger visitors’ imagination.

Mushroom
Mak Yee-Man
Leisure
David Fung
Intertwine
Tse Lo Shan
The one who met you
Kong Yui Man
Waiting
Chris Lau
Mountain and Streams
Danny Lee
Wooden Landscape
Chung Wai Lung
Child Dream
Joe Li
Bacterial hard disk
Raymond Pang Kam Yau
Living Balls
Coral Chan
Folds in the days
Blanche Ho
Nosy
Kit Chan
Gaps between Hands
Margaret Chu
Consociate
Janice Lam
In a Moment
Koko Ko Bin Lin
Budding
Ho Yuen Leung

Supporting Organisation:


Hong Kong Sculpture
Hong Kong Sculptures was founded in 2014. Our 20 members have an average of 15 years of artistic creation experience. We focus on 3-dimensional sculptures across multiple medium.

Our creative experience includes large-scale public arts projects, commissioned arts creations, local and overseas exhibitions.
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Happy Artisans

Partnering with St. James’ Creation, this section showcases over 100 pieces of Potato Buddies artworks created by 16 artists with disabilities. Potters in St. James’ Creation have a knack for creating happy figurines which put a smile on each visitor’s face. To date, they have made over 500 Potato Buddies, which is St. James’ Creation’s renowned clay figure. Potato Buddies are warm and friendly, earnest and sincere, bringing joy to every home.

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Supporting Organisation:


St. James’ Creation
St. James’ Creation was founded in 1999, it was formerly the Ceramics Workshop in the Rehabilitation Services. Our creative and teaching teams are largely made up of persons with disabilities. While clay is our primary medium of creation, we also explore with fiber arts, visual art and video media.

Through courses, exhibitions, lectures and workshops, we continuously sow seeds of happiness and instill self-confidence, strength as well as progressive changes with time. We have taken part in over 100 Hong Kong and overseas exhibitions viewed by more than 300,000 visitors. Since 2005, we have held more than 10,000 art classes.
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Art is in every Moment, in every Matter

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council continues the collaboration with Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong and social enterprise ADAM, showcasing artworks from eight visual artists: Ko Nam, Liu Tung Mui, Apple Tong, Frank Wong, Kevin Cheng, Li Tze Shun, Lee Wing Yi and So Tat Shing. The series of artwork were created under the theme of Hong Kong, demonstrating the visual artists’ extraordinary talents and unique perspectives, as well as Hong Kong’s unique beauty.

Projection on the Sea
Projection on the Sea
Kevin Cheng
Lotus Pond 1
Lotus Pond 1
Liu Tung Mui
Tai O Stilt Houses
Tai O Stilt Houses
Ko Nam
Colourful Victoria Harbor
Colourful Victoria Harbor
Li Tze Shun
Mountains
Mountains
Lee Wing Yi
Summer Greeneary
Summer Greeneary
Wong Shek Wong
Illuminate your Heart
Illuminate your Heart
Apple Tong
Untitled
Untitled
So Tat Shing

Supporting Organisations:


Disabled Association Hong Kong / Social Enterprise ADAM
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WaHaYeah.Sketch Something

Through the exhibition, WaHaYeah aims to promote the art of Urban Sketching. By presenting 12 paintings, guests are invited to view the unique landscapes of our home city.

By showing the diversified programmes in the past, WaHaYeah wishes to unleash the unlimited possibilities of their paint brushes, drawing closer the relationship between the community, and the art. Sketchers will also provide live portrait to visitors in the afternoon of every show day.

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Supporting Organisation:


WaHaYeah
WaHaYeah Sketch Group is an art organisation founded by a group of Urban Sketchers. Apart from promoting the practice of Urban Sketching, WaHaYeah also takes part in crossed-media, community-based projects with other organisations. During the past two years, WaHaYeah has hosted almost 50 Urban Sketching events, some of that also includes local guided-tours to deepen the participants’ understanding of the districts’ history and features.

Our Urban Sketching events happen not only in urban areas, but also in rural areas. Rural sketching tours create good opportunities for our participants to hike, sketch and appreciate our Mother Nature at the same time. We hope to foster closer relationships between our participants and the community through our diversified art programmes. Through these interactions, we wish to strengthen people"s sense of belonging to our beloved home city.
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Upcycling Art

PLASHARK

&dear & Kerry Engagement Jigsaw

Humans and animals intertwined with each other since tens of thousands of years ago. Mankind survived by utilizing natural resources while taking care of the well-being of mother nature. However, the emergence of single-use plastics in the recent centuries brought toxic to this life cycle. The production, use and improper disposal of plastics have led to devastating ocean pollution and disruption of the food chain.

The artwork PLASHARK illustrates the symbiotic relationship between human and marine life. Built by our Kerry Group Jigsaw volunteers and local artist &dear, the two hammerhead sharks were made of 1,874 recycled plastic bottles, 3,258 bottle caps and 93 wooden wine cases. We wish everyone will evaluate their daily habits, treasure and respect the nature.

PLASHARK

&dear hopes to raise public awareness by sharing the message of animal conservation through different media and activities. &dear envisions animals and humans to live in harmony and respect.

We understand it is difficult to care about things you do not know much about; therefore, we would like to take you on a journey to explore more about the animal. We really hope to do something meaningful with our passion and make a difference.

Upcycling Instruments

Kelvin Cheung

The exhibition will showcase a collection of upcycling instruments made by different types of waste materials, including the Bottle Xylophone, Umbrella Piano and Pipe Organ. They provide an interactive experience for people to play with waste materials in totally unexpected ways. Visitors can try to use these transformed materials to play some fantastic music.

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Kevin Cheung graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with major of Product Design. Kevin devotes himself in developing upcycling products and raising public’s eco-awareness. At the same time, he believes that designers have the ability and obligation to protect the environment in order to sustain the balance between the eco-system, economy and the society. He is good at turning the waste into attractive and durable artworks and products.
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Holistic Sustainability in Architecture

Through integrating research, design and practice, the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong seeks to transform imaginative ideas into innovative designs that engage meaningfully with society and inspire everyday life. This exhibition features creative initiatives by three of their professors and a recent Master of Architecture graduate, materialized in various forms such as a building that preserves cultural heritage, a community project that enhances social engagement, and an art installation that combines digital technologies with local craftsmanship. Together, they aim to improve the quality of life and make a lasting impact on the world, striving towards holistic sustainability – in environmental, social and historical terms – through architectural design.

RURAL Stand
RURAL Stand
Prof. Peter Ferretto
Public spaces and informal settlements: A community placemaking project in Manila
Public spaces and informal settlements: A community placemaking project in Manila
Prof. Francesco Rossini
TOROO Pavilion
TOROO Pavilion
Prof. Kristof Crolla
Force Matter II: Hyper light-weight architecture
Force Matter II: Hyper light-weight architecture
Celia Yeh Yi Hsin

Supporting Organisation:


School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
How do architectural concepts engage meaningfully with society and inspire everyday life? Through integrating research, design and practice, the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong firmly believes in the process of transforming imaginative ideas into innovative designs – whether materialised as a sustainable building that preserves cultural heritage, a community project that enhances social engagement, or an art installation that combines digital technologies with local craftsmanship – all these creative initiatives can improve the quality of life and lead to lasting, real-world impact on our built environment, striving to shape a better world for the future.
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The Urban Micro-Transform Design Week

The Urban Micro-Transform Design Week is organized by the Hong Kong Multimedia Design Association. Through this project, young designers visit the community and investigate the needs of the public spaces. Project aims to improve community from the nuances and raise the public understand of the importance of community responsibility through community involvement and the community micro-renewal proposal. This year, the project was held in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The designers from mainland and Hong Kong work together in the form of small teams, and collaborate under different cooperation models. The undergraduate youth designers team up to create and encourage residents from different districts to rethink on issues that could be improved in the community, including idle space utilization, traffic problems, pigeon nuisance etc. The project has more than 80 creative works to improve and reflect the situation through the revitalization proposals and art designs from 150 creative youths. The theme of Hong Kong"s micro-revitalization is “Sham Shui Po Treasure hunt”. Through young designers’ revitalization proposal, citizens could understand and participate in the local public development. The exhibits included: “Transplant”, “Periwinkle Ribbon”, “Bamboo Fortune”, “The Communion”, “Bishop Mountain Mini Light”, “Traffic Elf”, “Reunion of Fate”, “The eyes”.

Transplant
Transplant
Periwinkle Ribbon
Periwinkle Ribbon
The Eye
The Eye
Bamboo Fortune
Bamboo Fortune
The Communion
The Communion

Supporting Organisation:


Hong Kong Multimedia Design Association
Hong Kong Multimedia Design Association is a non-profit organization that advocates the development of multimedia. The Association is committed to organizing different types of multimedia workshops, interactive media events, multimedia creative competitions, multimedia design courses, youth internship programs, designers networking events and multimedia art exhibitions for international and local projects, enhance the youth and industries development.

The objective is to integrate a platform and promoting multimedia arts, entertainment and design into various communities through different types of activities; to enable multimedia technology to promote cultural heritage and artistic development, to promote the exchange and development of the Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and international multimedia industries and to increase the application of multimedia technology to the community. Moreover, it aims to popularize and promote the cultural development of multimedia art in Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest

The Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC) was initially organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in 1977 with an aim to nurture new blood for the fashion and garment industries. It has always been the ultimate platform for local design professionals and is also regarded as one of the most prestigious fashion design competitions in Asia.

The contest is open to any local design talents under 45 with a solid fashion design background. The jury looks at the mood boards of each participant at the first stage and those who score the highest average mark enter the final, when they need to prepare a collection of four sets of outfits – disregarding season and gender – and impress the jury with their creativity, marketability, workmanship and overall appeal. In addition to an overall champion, there is also a first runner-up and second runner-up, and the contest can help put them on the right path to a dazzling fashion career.

Yip Ka Ki, Wilson
Yip Ka Ki, Wilson
Forgetful Still
Champion & Best Footwear Design Award
Chow Chu Hei, Louis
Chow Chu Hei, Louis
Already But Not Yet
First Runner-Up
Chan Tsz Wa, Enzo
Chan Tsz Wa, Enzo
SINCE 1996
Second Runner-Up & New Talent Award
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The HK4As Kam Fan Awards

Since 1984, the HK4As has been organising the Kam Fan Awards annually, to give recognition and kudos to outstanding creative works in the market. Kam Fan, literally meaning “Golden Sail”, is highly regarded as the “Grand Prix” accolade of the Hong Kong advertising industry. It is perceived as one of the most prestigious Advertising Awards in Asia.

Advertiser
Agency
adidas
Havas Hong Kong
Birdland (Hong Kong) Ltd
Ogilvy & Mather Group, Hong Kong
Fortune Pharmacal Co., Ltd
Secret Tour (HK) Limited
Greenpeace
Grey Advertising Hong Kong
Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong Television Entertainment Co., Ltd
Hong Kong Television Entertainment Co., Ltd
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Grey Advertising Hong Kong
Hong Kong Transplant Sports Association
Wunderman Thompson (J. Walter Thompson HK)
Hopewell
Whazzup Limited
JBL (iTect Ltd)
Cheil Worldwide, Hong Kong
Marriott International, Inc
Ogilvy & Mather Group, Hong Kong
Medecins Sans Frontieres Hong Kong
Ogilvy & Mather Group, Hong Kong
MHK Restaurants Limited
DDB Group Hong Kong
Rainlily
Cheil Worldwide, Hong Kong
Save the Children
Wunderman Thompson (J. Walter Thompson HK)
Tsang Fuk Sau Funeral Service
Cheil Worldwide, Hong Kong

Supporting Organisation:


The Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies of Hong Kong
Sponsor

Supporting Organisations

Arts with the Disabled Association Hong KongHong Kong Multimedia Design Association Hong Kong Sculpture St. James’ SettlementThe Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies of Hong Kong School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong The Hong Kong Institute of Architects The Warehouse Teenage Club Maker Space Wahayeah Sketch Group
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.
*Information is subject to change without prior notice.