With the objectives to encourage artistic creation and foster international cultural exchange among the young generation, Youth Square presented “Garden of the Artisans Festival” from 9th to 11th December 2016. More than 60 artists, art groups and art students of different institutions from all over the world curated their own exhibitions in the guest rooms of Y Loft, and took the chance to interact with the visitors. Apart from exhibitions, there were free programmes including guided tours, lawn concert, art workshops and guest room explorations.
More than 60 participating artists coming from Hong Kong, Beijing, Suzhou, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand and Korea had a chance to showcase their creativity to the visitors during the festival. 9 workshops were well attended, together with music performances by 12 indie musicians, which brought a wonderful weekend with an artistic array to the community. Spokesperson of Youth Square said, “We received an overwhelming response on the Garden of the Artisans Festival. We are delighted to see young artists exchanging their thoughts, sharing inspirations and making friends at Youth Square. We saw a promising future and were expecting more interesting works from them.”
“The 3-day festival offered a chance for us to interact with other artists from all over the world”, said local calligraphy artist, Mr Kwan Man Lung. It was the first visit to Hong Kong for Ms Koo Yean Ni, an artist from Malaysia and she found the festival very inspiring. Mr Lu Shao Chuan who came from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, described the festival as a valuable opportunity for him to exchange ideas with other artists in a beautiful environment of Y Loft filled with lovely music performances.
The themed artisan room was designed by the Hong Kong illustrator Ms Cat Kwan of Kityicat Creation.
Young artists from China Central Academy of Fine Arts and Suzhou also demonstrated their high quality art pieces. Tang Chao, young artist who graduated from the Nanjing College of Art, presented her photography themed “Jiangnan” including landscapes and portraits. Her photos showed architectural features of traditional buildings in Suzhou and femininity of Suzhou’s ladies. Another young artist who came from Suzhou, Shen Xiaohan was graduated from the Lunghwa University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. His photography was taken in different times and cities but in the same mood to capture the city’s landscape of the past and present.
“Artisan @Y Loft” themed rooms design project debut in late 2016. Y Loft invited 8 local youth talented artists and illustrators to design and redecorate 8 twin rooms at Y Loft with their illustration art. Y Loft, Youth Square hoped to present these local youth artists to the world, meanwhile, to provide a comfortable and artisanal atmosphere for the hostel guests.
Y Loft, Youth Square is honored to cooperate with 8 youth artists including Gala Lau, Isabel Tong, Miss FAT, Mr. Giraffe, Michi Leung, Cat Kwan, Mango Naoko, and ZU & PI. They utilized their creativity to design and decorate eight twin rooms in their unique styles and themes, which are now welcome for public and tourist booking. The room rates are the same as standard twin rooms. Any interested parties can enquiry and book online and request to arrange Artisan Room (subject to room availability).