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For Immediate Release 26 February 2018

Swire Properties Unveils Arts Month 2018 Programme

Partnership with Art Basel in Hong Kong enters sixth year

HONG KONG (26 February 2018) Swire Properties today announced details of the dynamic, world-class programme featuring art by international and local talents in Swire Properties Arts Month 2018. The programme will feature exhibitions, art installations, live street art and performances at Pacific Place and Taikoo Place. Swire Properties will also host events at Art Basel in Hong Kong, partnering with the show for the sixth consecutive year.

"Swire Properties believes that art plays an important role in sustaining vibrant communities," says Fiona Ma, Director, Marketing and Communications of Swire Properties. "Building on our rich history of creating and hosting an array of arts and culture events, we are continuing our efforts to enrich, engage and foster creativity in people's everyday lives through the exciting lineup in our Arts Month programme."

Swire Properties Arts Month 2018 - highlights:

Pacific Place, Admiralty

  1. Jim Lambie, Spiral Scratch, at Pacific Place
    19 March - 8 April 2018

    Scottish contemporary artist and 2005 Turner Prize nominee Jim Lambie's new work, Spiral Scratch, will bring a sensory dimension to Pacific Place. This site-specific work juxtaposes an intricate, rhythmic floor pattern with a collection of 15 ladders painted in vivid hues. These commonplace objects stretch upwards from the floor in luminous-coloured columns, stripped of all utility with mirrors installed between the rungs. The result is a kaleidoscopic interaction of colour, shape and form, which gives rise to surprising new perspectives.

Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay

  1. Notating Beauty that Moves - Music at an Exhibition at the new ArtisTree in Taikoo Place
    3 - 29 March 2018

    Sponsored by Swire Properties' ArtisTree, Notating Beauty That Moves - Music at an Exhibition is an exhibition and performance series presented by Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and curated by two leading Hong Kong artists; Samson Young, the award-winning sound artist, and Yang Yeung, Founding Member and Artistic Director of soundpocket. Exploring the relationship between the motion of the musicians and the notation on the score, the exhibition will showcase 36 artworks ranging from works-on-paper and drawings, to moving images, texts, photography and paintings. The collection has been sourced from around the world, and highlights include works by avant-garde composers Cathy Berberian, John Cage, Mark Applebaum, Morgan O'Hara, and Samson Young. Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of concerts featuring members of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the acclaimed Australian group, Ensemble Offspring.

  2. Urban Art at Taikoo Park, Taikoo Place
    Live painting will take place 22 - 24 March

    Live Urban Art is Swire Properties' celebration of street art at Taikoo Place. Three British artists, Phil Ashcroft, Graeme Brusby (aka Xenz) and Duncan Jago (aka Mr Jago), will paint murals in Taikoo Park. The live painting is set to infuse this space with street art's vibrant energy while showcasing the art form. The murals are composed of smaller canvasses that will be individually sold to raise funds for the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation's programme for disadvantaged and underprivileged youth. This engagement will be held in collaboration with leading architecture and design firm Aedas.

  3. Remi Rough at Quarry Bay MTR
    From 23 March 2018

    British artist Remi Rough will inject energy and new life into the Taikoo Place exit at Quarry Bay MTR station with a dramatic and site-specific new geometric mural. By reimagining this public space, Rough will create a vibrant and vivid travelling experience, stimulating Hong Kong's general public on their everyday commute, and encouraging a fresh engagement with the space. The work has been commissioned by Swire Properties and MTR, in partnership with Aedas.

Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

  1. Swire Properties VIP Lounge & Dialogue Series at Art Basel in Hong Kong
    29 - 31 March 2018

    Designed by award-winning Hong Kong architect and Founder of Daydreamers Design Stanley Siu, the Swire Properties VIP Lounge, Cumulus, is a free-flowing space inspired by the natural beauty and grandeur of clouds in the sky. Siu is an advocate of nurturing the relationship between public spaces and communities, and the role pavilions can have in generating conversation. In this latest project the structure is enveloped by light fabric folds that create a space where concepts, thoughts and experience all converge to create change.

    The lounge, located on Level 1 Concourse, will serve as the venue for the much-anticipated Swire Properties Dialogue Series, a specially curated series of talks and panel discussions by leading art-world figures including: Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts), Daan Roosegaarde (Dutch artist and innovator), Nicholas Baume (Director and Chief Curator, Public Art Fund) and Conrad Shawcross (British artist), among others. The series will stimulate meaningful dialogues across art, design and architecture, to encourage the exchange of ideas that lead to more enriched and sustainable communities.

Jim Lambie, 2018. Courtesy of The Artist
 
Jim Lambie 2018. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Rebecca Howard
 
Jim Lambie
Shaved Ice, 2012
Wooden ladders, mirrors, household fluorescent paint
Dimensions variable
Installation view, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 2014
Courtesy of The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
Photo: Ruth Clark
 
Jim Lambie
Shaved Ice, 2012
Wooden ladders, mirrors, household fluorescent paint
Dimensions variable
Installation view, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 2014
Courtesy of The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
Photo: Ruth Clark
 
Jim Lambie
Shaved Ice, 2012
Wooden ladders, mirrors, household fluorescent paint
Dimensions variable
Installation view The Modern Institute, Aird's Lane, Glasgow, 2012
Courtesy of The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
Photo: Keith Hunter
 
Jim Lambie
Installation view, Forever Changes, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 2008
Courtesy of The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
Photo: Keith Hunter
 
Jim Lambie
Installation view, Unknown Pleasures, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2008
Courtesy of The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
Photo: Hirotaka Yonekura
 
Jim Lambie
The Strokes (Black & White), 2008
Vinyl tape
Dimensions Variable
Installation view, Holden Gallery, Manchester, 2015
Courtesy of The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
Photo: Michael Barrow
 
Caption: Phil Ashcroft.
Courtesy: Phil Ashcroft
 
Caption: Duncan Jago.
Courtesy: Duncan Jago
 
Caption: Xenz.
Courtesy: Xenz
 
Caption: Remi Rough
Courtesy: Remi Rough
 
Caption: Hong Kong architect Stanley Siu
Courtesy: Stanley Siu
 
Caption: Samson Young
Landschaft (St. Paul + Peter's Cathedral (side courtyard) Sept 2, 2015, 10:50am)
Ink, pencil, watercolour on paper
27.5cm x 18.6cm
Courtesy: Christopher Oram
 
Caption: Samson Young, Landschaft
(Sept 5, Fez, January 10am-11:15am)
Ink, pencil, watercolour on paper
27.5cm x 18.6cm
Courtesy: Joseph Pang
 
Caption: Thitiphorn Kotham,
Moon Spell in Summer (installation view), 2017
Watercolour and foils on music sheet, a set of 100 pieces
40 x 30cm each
Courtesy: Thitiphorn Kotham
 
Caption: Notating Beauty That Moves - Music at an Exhibition, co-curators Samson Yeung and Yang Yeung

For more information on any of the above programmes, please visit: www.swireproperties.com/artbasel

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Notes to Editors

About Swire Properties
Swire Properties develops and manages commercial, retail, hotel and residential properties, with a particular focus on mixed-use developments in prime locations at major mass transportation intersections. Swire Properties is listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and its investment portfolio in Hong Kong comprises Taikoo Place, Cityplaza and Pacific Place as its core holdings. In addition to Hong Kong, the Company has investments in Mainland China, the United States and Singapore.

Visit Swire Properties' website at www.swireproperties.com.

About Pacific Place
Pacific Place is a large-scale, high-quality, mixed-use development encompassing floor space of approximately 5.19 million sq. ft. by gross floor area in the central business district of Hong Kong. Since its inception in 1988, Pacific Place now houses around 140 shops and boutiques and one major department store, collectively offering an array of contemporary fashion and international premium brands. Conveniently located above Admiralty MTR station, with connections to other modes of transport, Pacific Place is the ultimate place to shop, dine, work, stay, live, relax and play.

This property development of Swire Properties is also home to four five-star hotels, three Grade A office towers and 270 serviced apartments. Under the management of Swire Properties, Pacific Place has received numerous awards and recognition, and remains a premier shopping destination in Hong Kong.

Visit Pacific Place's website at www.pacificplace.com.

About Taikoo Place
Taikoo Place is recognised as one of Hong Kong's best-planned business hubs, managed by Swire Properties. The portfolio offers over 5 million sq ft of prime commercial space for local and multinational corporations. A wide range of cosmopolitan business and leisure amenities are situated within the area, including TAIKOO PLACE APARTMENTS, the multi-purpose venue ArtisTree, the co-working hub Blueprint, the sustainable development exhibition centre The Loop, the new private club The Refinery, the landscaped garden Taikoo Park, as well as restaurants and cafes. Within five-minute walking distance are the shopping mall Cityplaza and the lifestyle business hotel EAST, Hong Kong.

Visit Taikoo Place's website at www.taikooplace.com.

Partners

About Art in MTR
Art in MTR is a programme intended to enhance the Hong Kong's commuter experience with high quality art installations. Introduced in 1998, when the Airport Express and Tung Chung Line opened, the programme has expanded to all MTR railway lines. Currently, 73 works by established local and international artists from Australia, Mainland China, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, the UK and the USA enhance the aesthetics of Hong Kong's passenger railway system.

About Aedas
Aedas is the world's only local and global architecture and design practice driven by global sharing of research, local knowledge and international practice. Their 1,400 creative minds with design studios across the globe create world-class design solutions with deep social and cultural understanding of the communities they design for.

About Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation
Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (HKYAF) is a charity that provides access to high quality, non-competitive free-of-charge arts experiences for young people aged 5 to 25. Established in 1993 by Lindsey McAlister OBE, JP, HKYAF organises inclusive and inspirational projects that reach out to youngsters of all cultures, backgrounds, languages and abilities, and actively creates opportunities for those who are disadvantaged and underprivileged. Each year, HKYAF reaches more than 800,000 people through its projects, exhibitions and performances.

About Art Basel
Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages the world's premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition.

Art Basel's engagement has expanded beyond art fairs through a number of new initiatives. In 2014, Art Basel launched its Crowdfunding Initiative which has catalyzed much-needed support for outstanding non-commercial art projects worldwide and so far has helped garner pledges in excess of USD 2 million in support of around 70 art projects from around the globe - from Bogota to Ho Chi Minh City, San José and Kabul. For Art Basel Cities, launched in 2016, Art Basel is working with selected partner cities to develop vibrant and content-driven programs specific to the individual city. Connecting them to the global art world through Art Basel's expertise and network, Art Basel Cities supports its partners to develop their unique cultural landscape. For further information, please visit artbasel.com.