PMQ Debuts "Hong Kong on Steps"

Beautiful art paintings are popping up in a most unexpected place at Hong Kong's community hub for creative industries

Jan 07, 2016, 07:01 ET from Hong Kong on Steps

HONG KONG, Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, PMQ officially celebrates the inauguration of "Hong Kong on Steps" - a unique art project and collection of paintings on 25 flights of stairs across PMQ. "Hong Kong on Steps" is a celebration of creativity and culture from local and overseas artists who have come together to paint beautifully imaginative scenes onto the steps of Hong Kong's newest creative hub.

Victor Tsang, Executive Director of PMQ said: "As a landmark for creative industries in Hong Kong, PMQ is committed to providing a community platform for creativity. 'Hong Kong on Steps' is an unexpected delight for visitors, transforming monotonic boring stairs into canvases for public art. These captivating stair paintings engage guests from near and far in the local and multicultural creative experiences of Hong Kong and those waiting to be discovered at PMQ's shops, cafes, exhibits and dining outlets."

"Hong Kong on Steps" is the work of seven groups of talented artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and France. These include: Hong Kong mural artist and illustrator Bao Ho; Brainrental, a trio of designers who got their start at Hong Kong Polytechnic University; renowned Taiwanese street and mural artist Candy Bird; prolific international French artist CEET; Omni Art, Hong Kong's first art group specialising in 3D floor paintings; multi-media artist and art critic Professor Lee Tae-ho from South Korea; and Japanese illustrator Pokke104.

Each individual artist or collective was tasked to create a stair painting inspired by the vibrant and diverse Hong Kong landscape. The paintings all exemplify familiar features of Hong Kong heritage, culture and environment, each through a different creative aesthetic and point of view - making "Hong Kong on Steps" a one-of-a-kind artistic exploration of the city.

To further celebrate this exciting new stair art project, tourists are also invited to take part in an exclusive shopping redemption programme. Any tourist can claim a coupon book with discounts on items from select retailers across the property. They can also redeem a special gift designed by a PMQ tenant simply by posting a photo of one of the stair art pieces to their own social media platforms using the hashtag #PMQHK.

Home to over 100 design business, PMQ is a platform for creative exploration, interaction and exchange, where talented designers mingle with business professionals and creative entrepreneurs. PMQ is raising the standards of creative design in Hong Kong and fostering new creative enterprises as they venture onto the local, regional and international stage. "Hong Kong on Steps" is one of PMQ's first artistic residencies and a springboard for more creative and interactive programming at PMQ.

Tsang added: "With 'Hong Kong on Steps' we are bringing to life the craftsmanship, inspiration and artistry found across PMQ, where creative lifestyle experiences abound. An art project to fascinate and surprise, it elevates the values that PMQ holds most dear - design, creativity and innovation - one step at a time. We invite everyone to take in these magnificent paintings while enjoying a brisk, healthy walk and fresh air on PMQ's historic flights of stairs."

For more information please contact:

PMQ: pr@pmq.org.hk
Customer Service Hotline: +852-2870-2335

Golin: PMQHK@golin.com

"Hong Kong on Steps" Artist Biographies

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Artist Biography

Bao Ho

Bao Ho is a Hong Kong based artist who mainly works with mural art and illustrations. Before getting inspired to start her career in 2015, Bao spent two years travelling to Australia, Taiwan and Europe.

Brainrental

Brainrental-Lab was founded by CHU, KEVIN and ROGER in 2012, who majored in Industrial and Product Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. They share a passion for art, design and 2D and 3D illustrations. They are inspired by the absurdities of modern Hong Kong metropolitan life and seek to ignite curiosity in their audience.

Candy Bird

Candy Bird is a renowned street artist from Taiwan creating mural artworks throughout the streets of Taiwan. These artworks propagate his ideas on humanity and the injustice faced in societies around the world such as Japan, Germany, Brazil and Myanmar.

CEET

CEET is a prolific artist experimenting with different media, and a regular artist-in-residence at the art estate "Jardin Rouge" in Marrakech. His work has been exhibited in galleries around Asia and Europe, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Belgium, and Austria.

Omni Art

Omni Art is the first Hong Kong art group specialising in 3D floor paintings, wall paintings and other creative art projects.  Led by local artist Lam Yuk Fai, the four young artists Terena Wong, Cheng Kit Yu, Kum Ka Wai and Denise Yeung have left their brushstrokes around Hong Kong and dream of sharing their art around the world.

Professor Lee Tae-ho

Lee Tae-ho is a multi-media artist and art critic who also teaches at the College of Fine Art in Kyunghee University. He has exhibited solo and acted as artistic director for International art projects such as the Busan Biennale, Seoul - Asia Art Now, the Kyung Hee Gallery and the Naksan Public Art Project in Seoul.

Pokke104

Pokke104 left advertising to start her art career in illustration, winning the Suntory Museum prize in 2006. She has undertaken a wide variety of activities in various fields, including illustrations for TV commercials, corporate campaigns, live painting shows, murals, music videos, projection mappings and textile designs.

About PMQ

PMQ is part of the government's "Conserving Central" initiative and also one of the heritage conservation and revitalization projects under Development Bureau. Awarded with the operating rights after an open invitation for proposals, the Musketeers Education and Culture Charitable Foundation Ltd ("Musketeers Foundation") has set up a non-profit-making registered Charitable Organisation to run this project, in collaboration with Hong Kong Design Centre, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Hong Kong Design Institute of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), namely PMQ Management Co. Ltd. Not only to build this iconic design hub for the Hong Kong creative industries with the design community, PMQ also promotes "enterprising creativity", creativity manifestation, and sets out to nurture more local designers.

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