監製:Diana Wan


    The old and working-class district of Sham Shui Po has now become a hip and creative area. As The Works has highlighted in past programmes, many artists, art galleries and spaces, design workshops, boutiques and cafes have all decided to set up shop there due to the relatively affordable rent. One new enterprise in the neighbourhood is Mudheytong Gallery. The three Hong Kong ceramic artists who founded the space say they hope not only to promote the art but also to engage the community.

    Established in 2013 by Justice Centre Hong Kong, the annual Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize honours artists who explore human rights issues both locally and internationally. Six prizes were awarded this year. The winning works are on show at the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong until 6th June.

    Guitarist Alan Cheung draws on both rock and metal music for his influences. He played in the local progressive metal band, “Mystic Dream” until it was disbanded in 2012.
    He recently released a new single, “Betray the Truth” that he says took him three months to write and record. He’s here to tell us more, about that piece and about his work in general.

    聯絡: wanyt@rthk.hk


    • HK Design Trust's

      HK Design Trust's "Play is for the People”, "Art Machines"@CityU Gallery & in the studio: pianist Zee Zee

      The importance of play and its benefits are scientifically proven in promoting children’s well-being, development and bonding with their parents. But in contemporary societies, factors such as the pressure of education, hurried lifestyle, changed in family structures often reduced parents and children’s playtime. One recent project in a narrow space in Tsuen Wan tried to use design to facilitate the essential elements of play.

      As in design, the making of art is not possible without the use of different tools and technologies. And the history of artists collaborating with engineers, architects and other professionals of different fields to realise the artistic visions is a long-established one. On show at the Indra and Harry Banga Gallery at the City University of Hong Kong, “Art Machines” consists of 34 artworks by 25 artists that look at such relationships from the past to present.

      Chinese pianist began her musical training in Germany when she was five. She later returned to China and to complete her piano studies at the Shenzhen Arts School. She then went her to continue her further training at the Eastman School of Music and at the Julliard School. In addition to being a concert pianist, she is also passionate about chamber music. Two years ago, she came to Hong Kong to perform at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. And she is back, this time for a recital with Premiere Performances of a programme which is closed to her heart.

    • Lee Kit, Kingsley Ng @ Oi!, Wong Yuk-shan's

      Lee Kit, Kingsley Ng @ Oi!, Wong Yuk-shan's "Fleeting Logs" & in the studio: Project M0Ch3

      Artists Kingsley Ng and Lee Kit are known for their conceptual work. Both work in inter-disciplinary practices. Kingsley focuses on site-specific and participatory projects, while Lee Kit, likes to create what he calls “situations” or meditative installations. Works by the two artists are currently on show at the art space Oi! in North Point.

      Also focusing on memory is Wong Yuk-shan’s current exhibition “Fleeting Logs” at Wan Chai’s ACO. The work on show is part of a project called, “Before it fades to white” in which she explores the idea of fleeting moments. The exhibition includes new digital media and oil paintings and, says the artist, emerges from the situation in the past year in which many of us have had to spend more time alone and had more time to look within ourselves.

      Flautist Stephen Lee and pianist Christine Cheng formed the duo Project M0Ch3 in the hope of promoting music written for the flute and piano. Next week, they will be giving a recital of classical and contemporary French music as part of this year’s Le French May art festival. They came to our studio to tell us more.

    • Art & Video game,

      Art & Video game, "Art Walk: Before a Passage" & in the studio: cellist Thomas Hung

      The Covid lockdowns and restrictions around the world have been bad news for many companies, industries, and occupations, but enforced isolation has been relatively good for video games. Throughout 2020, video game revenue surged 20% to US$179.7 billion. The industry outperformed both movies and sports combined as forms of entertainment. Video game development merges art, technology, interactive design, and – often – storytelling. Not only are a range of artistic disciplines involved, some games also provide new opportunities for artists and art lovers to explore.

      The late author, Leung Ping-kwan or Yasi’s collection of poems “City at the End of Time”, includes his 1974 poem “The North Point Car Ferry”. Like many of Yasi’s poems, it attempts to pin down and analyse Hong Kong’s unique identity, far beyond the cliché of the city as a place where “East meets West”. The ferry pier itself and Yasi’s poem are currently providing the backdrop for the multi-disciplinary “Art Walk: Before a Passage”, which includes visual arts, interactive installations, soundscapes, performance, site-specific writing and reading, and, yes, a walk.

      Cellist Thomas Hung studied cello at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts before going on to perform with orchestras in places as varied as Latvia, Taiwan and Macau. On the 18th June he will be giving a recital in the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s “Our Music Talents” series. It includes pieces by Schumann, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Dall’Abaco. Thomas came to our studio to give us a preview.

    • Art project

      Art project "Hi! Flora, Fauna", "Déjà Vu" @ Sin Sin Fine Art & in the studio: Chiyan Wong

      Since 1871, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is home to century-old historic monuments, old trees, exotic flora and also endangered species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Currently, it is also a setting for 17 artists and artist groups to tell stories about humans and nature.

      The déjà vu feeling of familiarity, of experiencing what one has already before is the title of a group exhibition of Indonesian artists at Sin Sin Fine Art. The three artists Anusapati, M.Irfan and Putu Sutawijaya explore themes such as nature, structure and the human body to talk about humanity, the effects of urbanisation and human emotions.

      On earlier visits to The Works studio pianist Chiyan Wong has talked to us about his passion for transcribing and editing the music of such composers as Liszt and Busoni. For him, classical music is not set in stone but can be transformed by each player or interpreter. Chiyan is back in Hong Kong for concerts with Premiere Performances, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Earlier this week, he came to our studio to tell us more.

    • Comic artist Pen So, Wu Chi-Tsung @ Galerie du Monde & in the studio: Haw Par Music

      Comic artist Pen So, Wu Chi-Tsung @ Galerie du Monde & in the studio: Haw Par Music

      Illustrator, comic artist and graphic designer Pen So likes drawing in black and white. His subjects are usually familiar cityscapes and daily lives in Hong Kong, although in his comics he also sometimes adds a touch of surrealism to tell his stories.

      Wu Chi-Tsung’s early training was in Chinese calligraphy, ink painting, watercolour and drawing. After experimenting with ink, he moved on to creating his variations on classical Chinese landscape paintings through photography, videos and installations. On show at Galerie du Monde, “Cyano-Collage” is a series of works combining the photographic technique of cyanotype with collage to recreate the textures of traditional Chinese landscape painting. Wu says this combination of techniques makes the image a record of time, light and tactile markings.

      Hong Kong’s once famous Tiger Balm Garden was demolished in 2004, but after years of revitalisation, the former private residence within them, Haw Par Mansion, is now home to music education and arts programmes. Last weekend, Hong Kong Philharmonic’s principal cellist, Richard Bamping, second associate concertmaster Wang Liang, and cellist Anna Kwan joined forces with violist Johnny Sun and violinist Hannah Tam for a concert of Franz Schubert music. They came to our studio to share more with us.

    • Metal art @ Crafts on Peel, artist Wong Chun-hei & in the studio: violinist Patrick Yim

      Metal art @ Crafts on Peel, artist Wong Chun-hei & in the studio: violinist Patrick Yim

      The art of metalwork made a major contribution to the development of the Bronze Age from roughly 3,000 to 1,000 BCE. Objects from that era recovered by archaeologists range from daily, decorative and religious objects to weaponry made out of metals such as iron, copper, bronze, silver, gold, and brass. Metalwork involves a variety of skills and techniques, including smelting, moulding, hammering, embossing, chasing, gilding and inlaying. The art of metalwork is the focus of an on-going exhibition and series of public programmes put together by Crafts on Peel, a charitable organisation that focuses on traditional craftsmanship.

      With opportunities for travel either non-existent or limited over the past year by the Covid-19 pandemic, Wong Chun-hei has spent much of the time recreating on canvas the idea of “the experience of travelling” while being mostly confined to home. On show at Touch Gallery, “Indoor Travelling with Objects” showcases a series of paintings of his “travels” around the world by using Google Earth to create imaginary landscapes combined with different placement of objects.

      Violinist Patrick Yim made his solo debut with his hometown orchestra, and one of America’s oldest, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Sadly, since then, the Honolulu Symphony has had to declare bankruptcy and has risen from the ashes as the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, but Patrick has gone from strength to strength. Having performed in venues all around the world and with a wide range of musicians, he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is preparing an upcoming solo recital in Tai Kwun’s new music programme, “Spotlight” and he came to our studio to tell us more.

    • Artist Chris Cheung,

      Artist Chris Cheung, "Colours of Congo" & in the studio: Mara Measor & Teriver Cheung

      New media artist Chris Cheung’s inspiration stems from his love of Eastern and Western philosophies. His audio-visual works blend traditional ideas and futuristic imagination.

      In 1926, the Belgian colonial administrator Georges Thiry set up a studio and other workshops to work with the indigenous population of Elisabethville, now Lubumbashi, in the Congo. On show at the University Museum and Art Gallery, “Colours of Congo: Patterns, Symbols and Narratives in 20th Century Congolese Paintings” showcases the European influence on painting in the country during the colonial era. The exhibition consists of a selection of Congolese paintings and essays examining artworks that reflect the daily life of village communities at the time.

      Singer-songwriter Mara Measor last came to our studio seven years ago. On that occasion she was accompanied by guitarist Teriver Cheung. Hong Kong born and raised, but New York based, since she was last on the show, Mara has married and had a child. Now she is back in town, at least for a while. She took a break from music for a bit, but now she is back with her third album, “Don’t Tell My Child”. She is here once again this week with Teriver, to tell us more.

    • HK Arts Festival's local musical

      HK Arts Festival's local musical "Yat-sen" & in the studio: Lamma Quartet

      February and March are usually a very busy time for the local arts scene. March is Hong Kong Arts Month in which – all else being well – we get to experience major art events such as Art Basel, the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Inevitably the Covid-19 pandemic has had affected all these events for the worse. However, with the reopening of performing venues, the Hong Kong Art Festival is back, even if in modified form. Today we are taking a look at one upcoming local musical production.

      The four members of the Lamma Quartet jazz ensemble came to Hong Kong from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. They met each other in Hong Kong, formed a band, and – as two members live on Lamma Island - decided to name the band after it. The quartet plays compositions from the greats as well as originals. And they are here this week to tell us more and to give us a sample of one of their original pieces.

    • Artist Chan Wai-lap, Carmen Ng's

      Artist Chan Wai-lap, Carmen Ng's "Flowers In The Window" & in the studio: Vanessa Wong

      Artist Chan Wai-lap’s works are often very personal and explore his inner self. His early works were inspired by memories of secondary school life, and many focused on the social constructs of the education system and his sense of identity growing up in post-colonial Hong Kong. In his latest work, he talks about his mother.

      Memories of growing up and of her surroundings also provide fruitful inspiration for painter Carmen Ng. Ng recalls that when she was small, she and her siblings loved to sit on the front seats on the upper deck of buses where she would draw on the condensation on the windows and make her earliest pictures. On show at Karin Weber Gallery, “Flowers In the Window” includes water colour paintings of Hong Kong’s cityscape and imaginative dream-like images.

      Good news for concertgoers. After months of suspension of live music performances due to the outbreak of the fourth wave of Covid-19, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is returning to the Cultural Centre Concert Hall with stringent health and safety measures. This Friday, pianist Vanessa Wong is playing with the orchestra in a concert that includes music by Ginastera, Gershwin and Dvorak. She came to our studio to share with us more about the concert.

    • Zheng Bo @ Kadoorie Farm, Yin Xiuzhen @ CHAT & performance: Kelvin Leung and Aaron Lui

      Zheng Bo @ Kadoorie Farm, Yin Xiuzhen @ CHAT & performance: Kelvin Leung and Aaron Lui

      Artist Zheng Bo was born in Beijing and is now based in Hong Kong. His work emphasises social, ecological and community engagement. Nature and plants are recurrent subjects in his recent projects. Bo’s most recent pieces, on show till the 25th April in Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, focus on orchids.

      Also from Beijing, Yin Xiuzhen finds her inspiration in the manmade world rather than the world of nature. Her work focuses on found objects and personal traces, which she bring together to reflect on our current status quo. On show at the Centre for Heritage Arts and Textile space, “Sky Patch” includes a series of video and installation works that references her mother’s past as a textile factory worker and her own practice of using textiles and garments in her work.

      Harmonica player Kelvin Leung has been on the show before. He is back this time with guitarist Aaron Lui. Last November, the two performed a concert of movie soundtrack music together. For the show this week, they have prepared a Paganini piece originally for the violin and piano or guitar. We also chatted with them via Zoom.