Watch this space

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 October, 2010, 12:00am

An elegant venue dedicated to staging contemporary art exhibitions and events such as fashion shows and film screenings opens in Sheung Wan this month.

Adjacent to the Cat Street Gallery, The Space (artist's impression below) is housed in a 4,000 sq ft former warehouse. Four times a year it will host exhibitions featuring works from international artists, while the rest of the time it will be available for hire for private parties and corporate events.

The first event will be a celebration of the Quintessentially Foundation, the charity arm of the luxury concierge group, to be held over three evenings, beginning on Thursday, when the venue will be transformed into a pop-up nightclub run by London club Boujis.

The first exhibition begins on November 5 and will feature Korean-American artist Debbie Han, this year's Asian Sovereign Art Prize winner. Her collection is called The Eye of Perception and her work is said to 'navigate the boundaries' of photography and sculpture, working as she does in materials as diverse as marble, celadon, inlaid lacquer and digitally manipulated photography.

The Space is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual systems plus a full-service kitchen, so it can be adapted to fit a range of events.

Mandy d'Abo, founder and director of The Space and the Cat Street Gallery, says: 'The opening of The Space is an exciting evolution for the Cat Street Gallery and, we hope, for the Hong Kong art market as a whole, which has grown exponentially over the past few years.

'The Space represents an unprecedented art venue of international standards that will allow the gallery to host a new calibre of artists and a different scale of works that will cement the city's reputation as the art capital of Asia.'

Admission to the art exhibitions will be free while packages for private functions start at HK$12,500.

The Space is at 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2544 6223;