On 19 November, British Council Hong Kong presents Event Horizon by British artist Antony Gormley, the largest public art installation ever seen in Hong Kong, with lead partner the K11 Art Foundation (KAF). “I am very excited about Event Horizon in Hong Kong; a complex city situated in a unique geographic and political environment. I hope the installation will make people more mindful: more alert, alive and aware of themselves and their city”, says Antony Gormley. The extensive public programme which accompaniesEvent Horizon will include dedicated activities and support tools for students, teachers and the general public. The aim is to encourage discussion of art in the city and development of skills such as creative thinking, critical thinking and visual literacy.
“Public art is about encouraging a dialogue between people and their environment, enabling an interaction that will ultimately make the city a better place to live in. Event Horizon is a project that stimulates and invites reflection. It will be accompanied by a new learning platform which will reach out to teachers, students and the public. The British Council has developed an education programme to enable participants to engage with the sculptures and to inspire viewers to reassess their interaction with their surroundings. It seeks to support individuals as they to respond to sculptures and further develop artistic as well as reflective tools,” says Robert Ness, Director of British Council Hong Kong.
Adrian Cheng, Founder and Honorary Chairman of the K11 Art Foundation and Lead partner added: “In our time, we have programmed over 70 educational workshops engaging 1500 participants. For Event Horizon, we will work with children from the ages of 9 to 16 with hands on sessions, guided by our trained K11 educational partners, this enables KAF and the project to reach all over Hong Kong. Seeing is one thing, but touching, handling and making is another. We hope for this to break down the barriers that some might feel with contemporary art and enable new, younger audiences to get hands on and get involved.”
Event Horizon – Installation view, New York, USA
Presented by Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York, 2010
Photograph by James Ewing, New York
For Public and Youth
A series of public lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops will be held relating to the topic of “public art in the city” including a talk by Antony Gormley on 16 November 2015 at the University of Hong Kong, presented by Robert Ness Director of British Council Hong Kong, and Adrian Cheng, Founder and Honorary Chairman of K11 Art Foundation.
Guided tours by Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (YAF) will help train young guides and allow young people in the city to be party of this project. They will explore the relationship between the thirty one sculptures which are positioned to look out into space, installed at both street level and rooftops across Hong Kong’s Central and Western districts, questioning how the built world relates to an inherited earth.
The British Council Teacher Workshops: Exploring Sculpture start on 20 November. This series of workshops aims to inspire secondary and tertiary students to become passionate about public art, to explore the process of making a sculpture, and to promote awareness of the diversity of public sculptures here in Hong Kong.
Each two-hour workshop consists of a range of activities using sculptures by Antony Gormley and sculptors from Hong Kong. Skills such as critical and creative thinking will be explored and students will be encouraged to develop a richer use of language. Activities are designed to generate high levels of personal response from students, all of whom will receive a certificate of attendance and an Education Pack.
The Education Pack has been designed and developed by the British Council and includes activities appropriate for an age range of 13 years and upwards. The pack is designed to stimulate a range of skills including viewing skills, visual literacy, speaking, writing, reading and role-playing. It is primarily linked to the secondary school curriculum, and is designed for the use of both English and Art teachers to use in class. Allactivities are flexible and may be adapted for different age groups and educational contexts.
The Education Pack is free and will be made available to over 1,000 public and special needs schools, as well as private and government community youth groups and other organisations.
Over the course of the installation from November 2015 to May 2016, there will be a series of workshops, including the children’s hands on workshop with Antony Gormley in the K11 Art Mall on 21 November 2015.
Event Horizon – Installation view, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012
Photograph by Edouard Fraipont