Sketch Hong Kong recently showcased 30 drawings and paintings depicting famous landmarks and lifestyles in the city
They say a picture tells a thousand words. So what would the stories of Hong Kong be like in pictures?
One can find the answer to the question in a recent exhibition by Sketch Hong Kong. Founded in 2014 by local non-profit organisation Arts in Heritage Research, Sketch Hong Kong is a movement that conserves Hong Kong's heritage, stories and memories through the medium of sketches. The campaign aims to enhance linkage between communities in Hong Kong through sketching during field trips and cultural tours, so as to raise public awareness and appreciation towards cultural heritage conservation.
Held in The Private Lounge by Miele in Causeway Bay, the 'Sketch Hong Kong 2014 Exhibition' showcased more than 30 drawings and paintings from selected participants. With the use of various drawing and painting tools, each of the sketchers portrayed famous historic landmarks and different cultural lifestyles in a multi-angular view. The locations included the residence of the chief secretary for administration (Victoria House), Yim Tin Tsai, Causeway Bay, Hollywood Road, Lek Yuen Estate, Sai Ying Pun, Peng Chau, Wan Chai and Lei Yue Mun. Participants came from different backgrounds, including professionals, students, and retirees.
Sketch Hong Kong Food @ Yuen Long
Sketch Hong Kong will also be organising the 'Sketch Hong Kong Food @ Yuen Long' tour on 9 May 2015, which will focus exclusively on food in Hong Kong and its cultural significance. Held in partnership with Miele, participants will visit Yuen Long – a traditional old district where tasty cuisines from around the territory can be found – where they can sketch out the uniqueness of the world-renowned Hong Kong food landscape.
The Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage will host a cultural walk before the sketching activity. In the one-hour guided tour, participants will deepen their understanding towards the local food culture and history of the location, thus being able to sketch in a more detailed and thorough manner.
"The success of Sketch Hong Kong last year has encouraged us to promote the preservation and documentation of Hong Kong's cultural landscapes," said Calvin Hui, founder of Arts in Heritage Research. "Sketch Hong Kong Food offers a precious moment for friends from different communities to savour local cuisines together. Through paintbrushes, we record and promote our unique, authentic cultural heritage."
"The objective of Sketch Hong Kong Food coincides with Miele's own belief that our cultural history must be preserved and learnt from in order to enhance our own lives," said Richard Green, marketing director of Miele, Hong Kong. "We look forward to seeing how these artistic impressions of Hong Kong's food scene develop into a beautiful record of some of our city's most beloved culinary treasures."
The sketching event is open to Hong Kong residents who are 15 and above. The registration for the event will start in late April and those interested can do so via www.sketchhongkong.org.hk. For more information, call Arts in Heritage Research at 2688 6608, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sketchhongkong.org.hk.