Announcing – Peer to Peer: UK/HK Online Festival, 11-14 November

Inspiring arts exchange between UK and Hong Kong
Online Festival 11 – 14 November 2020

Commission: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, I cant remember a time i didn’t need you, 2020, interactive story.  Image courtesy the artist.

Peer to Peer: UK/HK is a programme designed to encourage meaningful cultural exchange and to forge enduring partnerships between the UK and Hong Kong’s visual arts sectors.

The programme launches publicly with an online festival of international exchange and collaboration on the 11-14 November, curated by independent curator Ying Kwok.

The Festival will include an online exhibition of digital artworks from UK and Hong Kong based artists, including 5 new commissions by artists nominated by UK and Hong Kong based partners. There will also be a series of digital residencies taking place across partner organisation’s social media channels as well as a set of curated panel discussions.

The new commissions, by Antonio Roberts, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Hetain Patel, Lee Kai Chung, Sharon Lee Cheuk Wan, will enter the University of Salford Art Collection as a permanent legacy of the project. Patel is co-commissioned with New Art Exchange, Nottingham; and Brathwaite-Shirley with QUAD, Derby. 

The festival will be free, open to all and will be hosted on Peer to Peer: UK/HK site. Registration will open 21 October 2020
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“I am tremendously impressed by the creative ambition and appetite for international collaboration demonstrated by the Peer to Peer: UK/HK digital project. This is such a heartening example of international exchange and partnership evolving despite the global pandemic. Artists may not be able to travel but – as this project shows – they can connect and innovate in the digital space.”
Nick McDowell, Director International, Arts Council England

“We are undergoing a new phase where we have to unlearn our way of life and re-establish new ones. Investing in and developing the new ways of international collaboration is vital in growing the strength of the arts and culture sector.”
Ying Kwok, Festival Curator


Peer to Peer: UK/HK is led by University of Salford Art Collection, Open Eye Gallery and Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and consists of a network of contemporary visual arts organisations across the UK and Hong Kong.

Generously supported by Arts Council England and the GREAT campaign.

UK partners
A-N, Castlefield Gallery, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Firstsite, Furtherfield, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, New Art Exchange Nottingham, Newlyn Art Gallery / The Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, Open Eye Gallery, QUAD Derby, Red Eye Photography Network, University of Salford Art Collection, and Wellcome Collection.

Hong Kong partners
1983, Blindspot Gallery, Centre for Heritage Arts and Textile (CHAT), Eaton Workshop, HART, Hong Kong International Photography Festival, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, K11 Art Foundation, Oil Street Art Space, Videotage and WMA Award.