Announcing: Peer to Peer:UK/HK 2022 Partners & Artists

Inspiring exchange between visual arts in the UK and Hong Kong
26th September – 9th October 2022

Nicola Dale and Florence Lam, I become a question for you, 2022 

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 is a programme designed to encourage meaningful cultural exchange and to forge enduring partnerships between the UK and Hong Kong’s visual arts sectors.

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 builds on the success of the pilot festival in 2020. Working within a distributed leadership framework, 9 UK visual arts organisations have developed partnerships with 9 Hong Kong organisations, to create unique projects that encourage exchange between more than 43 artists, and over 160 students, in and from each place. This culminates publicly in an online festival from 26th September until 9th October 2022, curated and shaped by and with the partners.

We are delighted to announce the partnerships and artists are:

  • Backlit Gallery (Nottingham) with HART: Millie Quick (UK), Nicholas Wong (HK), Tom Ireland (UK) 
  • BOM (Birmingham) with Videotage: Ama Dogbe (UK) and Yarli Alison (HK) 
  • Castlefield Gallery (Manchester) with Hong Kong Arts Centre: Omid Asadi (UK) and Karen Yu (HK), Kelly Jane Jones (UK) and Lazarus Chan (HK), John Powell Jones (UK) and Kong Kee (HK)  
  • Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange (Penzance) with 1983: staff and students from Falmouth University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong  
  • Open Eye Gallery, (Liverpool) and Redeye, The Photography Network with WMA: Anna Sellen (UK), Emma Lambert (UK), Lucy Saggers (UK), Seongsu Kim (UK), Melanie King (UK), Johannes Pretorius (UK), Joseph LEUNG Mong Sum (HK), Edwin CHUK Yin Man (HK), Andrew FONG Hin Nam (HK), Samson WONG Pak Hang (HK), Terry Ng (HK), Fion HUNG Chin Yan (HK), Iris Sham (HK) 
  • Open School East (Margate) with Rooftop Institute: Hicham Gardarf (UK) and Morgan Wong (HK) 
  • QUAD (Derby) with Blindspot Gallery: Seema Mattu (UK) and Eason Tsang Ka Wai (HK) 
  • University of Salford Art Collection with 1a space: Clara and Gum @ C & G Artpartment (UK) and Mark Chung (HK) 
  • University of Salford Art Collection with Per.Platform: Nicola Dale (UK) and Florence Lam (HK) with Chan Tze Woon (HK) and Darren Nixon (UK) 
Ama Dogbe and Yarli Alison micro residency at BOM and Videotage 5- 9 Sept 2022

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 is organised by Open Eye Gallery and University of Salford Art Collection with support from Arts Council England. 

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 contemplates how the visual arts sector can continue to be outward facing and international whilst considering the future of our planet and the need to reduce our impact on it.   Taking learning from the Covid pandemic, none of the participants have travelled to the UK or Hong Kong, instead the partners and the artists have used their creativity and ingenuity to collaborate meaningfully – from live performance with digital exchange, to postal exchange to working together in gaming or other digital environments.   

The Online Festival will include the nine new projects  as well as events, presentations and creative research that reflects the genuine collaborations between artists and supported by partner organisations.  A symposium will bring together partners, artists and external speakers to explore, investigate, and consider how remote working can, and does, lead to meaningful and sustainable partnerships, and cultural exchange. 

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 has been developed by Sarah Fisher, Open Eye Gallery and Lindsay Taylor, University of Salford Art Collection, with contributions from Ying Kwok, independent curator, Hong Kong.