Osage Art Foundation turns gallery into artistic night market

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 August, 2012, 4:35am

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To wrap up its "Market Force: Whither Contemporary Art?" exhibition, the Osage Art Foundation held a pop-up art market over the weekend.

The Osage Kwun Tong gallery was transformed into a night market with more than 30 booths, offering an opportunity to see creative work - be it photographs, paintings, sculptures and performances - by a range of artists, most of whom were present to chat with visitors.

Joe Yiu Miu-lai, who was selling her images of sea views captured from the showrooms of luxury property developments, said she wanted to emphasise the idea that fresh air and space should be for all and not just the wealthy. Proceeds from sales of her work will be donated to Farmland to the Farmers - a conservation campaign in Ma Shi Po.

She said the market was a good idea because "it encourages those who may be intimidated by the idea of entering an art gallery to have fun while looking at art".

Some booths doubled as entertainment and food stalls. Architect-turned-artist Kacey Wong Kwok-choi also doubled as a wheat-grass drinks vendor, while Chan Ching-man re-created a 1960s photo studio.

Wilson Shieh Ka-ho caught the attention by giving away his playful posters featuring top mainland officials.