HKFORWORDSince 2012, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery is devoted to offer a first gallery exhibition to emerging Hong Kong artists and support the local artist’s community with the annual HKFOREWORD22 exhibition. The exhibition encourages fresh art graduates to pursue their career as a practicing artist and provide them the opportunity to connect with both the local and international art community.
The last years in Hong Kong has seen divisive change and uncertainty together with the global pandemic which hit Hong Kong the hardest during the final months of preparation of their graduation projects for this group of students. It has been especially tough for this young crop of artists who had to adapt to work from home, online and without proper working space to make their art. It is especially wonderful to see what a strong and resilient group of young people who have continued and created incredible artworks, regardless of their circumstance. The artists in Hong Kong got on with their works and created a strong display of art that encapsulates their preoccupations, angsts, ponderings, reflections, observations and memories of this time in their lives. What is so special about this exhibition of HKFOREWORD22 is that it is the foreword of what comes next. And what does come next for this generation? Graduating from university and making their first steps on their journey in life continues with unpredictability.
We have chosen 17 rising stars on the Hong Kong art stage. Artists in the show are recent Bachelor’s or Master’s degree graduates from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University-School of Creative Media, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology co-presented with the Hong Kong Art School and The Academy of Visual Arts at the Hong Kong Baptist University. The diverse group of artists and artworks selected this year include paintings, sculpture, video, prints, new media and installations. The audience is invited to engage with the new crop of creativity, originality, and passion from the local art graduates through the exhibition who have struggled to complete their degrees amidst school closures due to Covid-19. We are proud to salute the class of 2022 for their wonderful and outstanding perseverance during a very tough year.
10 Chancery Lane Gallery
10 Chancery Lane is one of the pioneering galleries on the Hong Kong scene. Founded in 2001, the gallery presents emerging and historically important movements in art across Asia-Pacific, supporting the development of the careers of the most exciting artists in the region, including Dinh Q. Lê , Vietnam, The Propeller Group, Vietnam, Huang Rui, China, Wang Keping, France/China, and Manit Sriwanichpoom, Thailand. The gallery is committed to documenting the development of the highest quality art in the region through survey exhibitions, talks, forums and publishing. There is a strong curatorial focus. Important shows are conceived and hosted with some of Asia’s leading curators: Feng Boyi (China), Erin Gleeson (Cambodia), Zoe Butt (Vietnam) and Iola Lenzi (Thailand). There is a particular focus on artists from the Asia Pacific including from South East Asia and visual and performance art from China including that of the 1979 Beijing early art movement “The Stars”. Represented artists have important museum shows. Dinh Q. Le was the first Vietnamese artist to exhibit at MOMA New York in June 2010, while the Australian artist John Young was shown at the Guggenheim in New York. Gallery artists have exhibited in the Venice Biennale, Documenta, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Fukuoka Triennial, Singapore Biennial, Guangzhou Triennial and Busan Biennale. Four artists represented by the gallery were included in dOCUMENTA13. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery supports the development of contemporary art in Hong Kong as a founding member of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association and through its HKFOREWORD Series, showcasing the work of young artists from the city.