The repurposed industrial buildings in this Sha Tin neighbourhood are home to more than 50 artists’ studios and incubate more than 100 homegrown talents. A select number of studios will open their doors to the public as part of the Fo Tan Art Workshops Tour on March 31. Here’s a small sample of the best studios you need to know.
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Artists’ studios you need to know in Fo Tan
Hong Kong artist Ma Kwai-shun sheds light on the art of printmaking by demonstrating the diversity of works and styles this technique can produce, from traditional Chinese to abstract imagery. Find out the differences between mono prints and digital prints and you’ll gain a better appreciation of the collections by Ma and other resident artists.
A creative venture started by local boy Alan Lai, this studio doubles up as a workshop. Boasting an impressive 4,000sq ft of space, Arthome displays a multitude of unconventional pottery and sculptural works created by Lai and his students.
A collective run by artists for artists, this collaborative team pools its resources and ingenuity together to create new projects all year long, from out-of-the-box upcycled art to calligraphy works and everything in between. Set up an appointment to keep up-to-date with its latest exhibitions.
The American-Australian artist is an established name in Hong Kong. He’s known especially for his abstract gouache paintings, which are often based on the city’s urban landscape. See Niebuhr’s fascinating works up close, including ones that reference trolley pushcarts and others that are influenced by dragon holes found in many buildings around the city.
Local artist Winnie Davies established Joy Art Club in 2006 as a personal haven. Not only does she use the venue for her own artistic creation, she welcomes budding artists to share her space as a way to encourage artistic dialogue. Among the studio clutter is an impressive collection of paintings that touches upon Hong Kong politics. There’s also her Window series, which imagines a world behind retro-style window frames.
This collective of artists, 3D illustrators and animators combine its skills to construct some truly mad creations at LfxLab. Discover CG renderings and interior lighting to mixed-media photography and wearable art at this studio. Give Lfxlab a call to organise a visit and see their latest projects.