Arts Preview: GayBird's Coucou on Mars

GayBird plays one of his home-made instruments.

The thumb piano, or kalimba, may go back thousands of years but in the hands of new media musician Leung Kei-cheuk, also known as GayBird, this ancient African musical instrument becomes something of the future.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 8:46am

Graffiti artists show Work in Progress

Portuguese artist Vhils makes use of textures and layers. Photo: SCMP

Late one night outside Somerset House in Quarry Bay, Victor Ash stands on a hydraulic lift platform, spraying paint on the wall of the second-floor balcony.

13 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

A range of artistic summer classes on offer in Hong Kong

A range of artistic summer classes on offer in Hong Kong

Gone are the days when the summer holidays left parents bereft of activities to keep their children's boredom at bay.

11 Jun 2013 - 10:56am

Hanging out: an audience with British design maven Ilse Crawford

Designer Ilse Crawford at Duddell's art centre. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Ilse Crawford is a perfectionist. She's been stuck in traffic for an hour, but despite the schedule chaos, she insists on a change of clothes. As an interior designer, aesthetics play a key role in her life.

7 Jun 2013 - 2:14am

Mixing and matching: Caroline Mak

Photo: Nora Tam

Visual artist Caroline Mak leads a double life. Since 2010, in addition to maintaining her art practice, she has been running a successful beverage company, Brooklyn Soda Works, with her boyfriend, research chemist Antonio Ramos, in New York.

2 Jun 2013 - 3:44pm

Mainland artists make strong showing in Venice Biennale exhibition

Artist Miao Xiaochun poses near his installation Transfiguration during the 55th Venice Biennale. Photo: Reuters

China has a strong presence at this year's Venice Biennale art festival, with several artists featured in the main exhibition, national pavilions and side events.

31 May 2013 - 6:11am

Art fairs mushroom in Hong Kong

Insomnia by Seoungseop Lim

The swift rise in the number of contemporary art fairs in Hong Kong is akin to the proliferation of cupcake stores.

20 May 2013 - 9:23am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, May 1, 2013

Tony Blair took over a full treasury. Photo: AFP

UK's problems down to Blair, not Thatcher

I refer to Kevin Rafferty's article ("Britain's economy labours in the shadow of Thatcher's none-too-splendid legacy", April 20).

Britain's burdens today are the result of Tony Blair's and Gordon Brown's 13 years, not those of Margaret Thatcher.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 1 comment

Giant inflatable Rubber Duck set to sail into Victoria Harbour next week

The Rubber Duck in a Tsing Yi harbour on Thursday preparing for its entrance into Victoria Harbour next week. Photo: Dickson Lee

It will take about another week for the giant inflatable Rubber Duck to sail into Victoria Harbour, but its creator has made an early appearance to appease the city’s frenzied media.

25 Apr 2013 - 5:31pm

Academics denied their place in debate on Hong Kong

Gordon Mathews

Hong Kong universities are now gearing up for the Research Assessment Exercise, imported from Margaret Thatcher's Britain. Academics are required to choose their four "best" publications over the past six years; these will be evaluated by committees of experts, who will then rank different academic departments as to their research productivity. Highly ranked departments will get more money; poorly ranked departments will get less money, with implications for individuals' jobs and futures.

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am 3 comments

Free by name and nature

Freeman Lau at the offices of his company Kan and Lau Design Consultants in Kowloon Tong. Photo: May Tse

Designer Freeman Lau Siu-hong is known for taking everyday objects and giving them a new spin, altering our perception of the seemingly mundane.

21 Apr 2013 - 2:40pm

Arts reviews

Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra:We Got Rhythm, Let's Swing & Drum

About three quarters of the way through this celebration by the Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra of the percussive aspects of big band jazz, Drum Jam founder Kumi Masunaga sashayed on to the stage beating one of her collection of hand drums, and took over the show.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:59pm

Photographer creates urban canvas

City sprawl

Dynamic vertical and horizontal lines, elegant curves and dramatic effects of light - for Stephane Couturier the more visually complex a scene the better.

16 Apr 2013 - 11:50am

Drawing to the dark side

Pat Lee at SCAD's Hong Kong campus. Photo: Edmond So

The world is full of dark and mysterious places, and Canadian illustrator Pat Lee is happy to admit that his mind is one of them. "Imagination is the most crucial asset for an illustrator. I'm creating every minute of the day, but it's after midnight that I'm most active. I'm a bit like a vampire," he says, laughing. "I have a filing cabinet full of drawings that nobody's seen.

16 Apr 2013 - 11:50am

Grand reopening of the Rijksmuseum

Wim Pijbes, general-director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Photo: Jonathan Wong. Clockwise from top left: the Rijksmuseum's Great Hall; a bronze sculpture by Shiva Nataraja; Johannes Vermeer's The Milkmaid; a Japanese temple guardian and George Hendrik Breitner's Girl in Kimono.

The general-director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Wim Pijbes, can relate to the headaches afflicting the mammoth West Kowloon Cultural District project.

15 Apr 2013 - 10:09am