HKwalls returns this March for a nine-day celebration of street art and creative collaboration in the industrial district of Wong Chuk Hang. From March 18 to 26th, the festival will engage the public with an incredible line-up of live mural painting, a print exhibition featuring the artists and more programmes to be announced later.
The HKwalls team is on the lookout for new talent to participate in the festival and is currently holding an open call for any Hong Kong-based artists to apply. Continuing their mission to create public art spaces all over Hong Kong, HKwalls’ move to the industrial district will be an exciting change of pace. Wong Chuk Hang has undergone significant transformation in the past few years, it is now home to many notable galleries, as well as photography, design and art studios. HKwalls’ goal for 2017 is to take that transformation outside and bring some colour to the streets.
Since launching in 2014, HKwalls has aimed to strengthen the link between art and the public space. The organisation is continuing partnerships with Vans, eicó paints, MTN, and Eggshell Stickers. And neighbourhood establishments, Ovolo Southside and Young Master Ales are doubling down on their commitment to the district with their support.
"As the headline sponsor for 2 consecutive years, we are happy to see HKwalls Festival pushing their mission to provide a platform that showcases best in class local and international artists. HKwalls shares the same values that Vans holds dear and is a great opportunity to support local commitments to Hong Kong's creative community." Says Mathew Morgan, Marketing Director of Vans APAC.
HKwalls is looking to broaden the lineup of participating local artists, and through the open call hopes to discover new Hong Kong-based talents to support and give them a platform in which to showcase their art.
As a newcomer to street art, HKwalls is a wonderful opportunity to get a better understanding of the local art scene and to exchange ideas and techniques with both Hong Kong based and international artists
says Kristopher Ho, a local artist who participated in the festival in 2016. “The best thing about HKwalls is that it’s not exclusive to street and graffiti artists, but an opportunity to explore this form of art with people from other related fields. The immense energy of the event really provides a glimpse of the future of street art in Hong Kong and around the world”, he continues.
A full list of participating artists, the festival schedule and map will be released in late February. Details for participating artists to submit their work can be found below. For more information on HKwalls, please visit: hkwalls.org
CALL FOR ARTISTS
A) a short portfolio of select works; and
B) a short biography
Please combine the above into a single PDF file (no more than five pages with total file size under 5MB) with the subject titled: “HKwalls 2017 HK-based Artist Submission” and send to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 24, 2017.
HKwalls is Hong Kong’s annual street art festival, with the mission to create opportunities for local and international artists to showcase their talents in Hong Kong through the mediums of street art and street culture.
HKwalls' annual festival adds a much needed street art element to HK art month, providing the public with a completely free and accessible event by inviting artists from Hong Kong, Asia and worldwide to create large scale works of art in the streets.
Each year HKwalls selects one area of Hong Kong to focus on, and gathers support and permission to paint as many exterior walls and gates as possible, for artists to transform into original works of art. During this time HKwalls also hosts a number of supplementary events and activities complimenting the festival.
Featured Image: Artwork completed at the 2016 festival in Sham Shui Po Golden Computer Centre by Italian artist Peeta