Hong Kong Art Community Act to Support the Local Working Poor
Renown Hong Kong art gallery de Sarthe has joined forces with Make It Work, a program empowering the working poor in Hong Kong to escape poverty to create Make It Work HK Charity Art Auction, featuring 47 artworks donated by Hong Kong galleries and their artists, as well as art students from local school and universities. The event aims to raise funds and awareness for Make It Work HK to enable them to keep delivering this vital program.
According to the latest Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report by the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong recorded 553,500 poor people in 2020 after government help, deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and rising unemployment.
With the support from Christie’s, Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, ArtAsiaPacific, the Consulat de France, the French Chamber, the French Chamber Foundation, Hong Kong Baptist University, and the French International School, all proceeds of the exclusive art event will support the operations of Make It Work HK’s three centres, which provide the working poor direct access to social communities, support, training and employment services.
Donating artists include Vivian Ho (A2Z Art Gallery), Damon Tong Wai Kit (Art Projects Gallery), Vanessa Franklin (Boogie Woogie Photography), Cheung Tsz Hin (Contemporary by Angela Li), Mak2 (de Sarthe), Shen Wei (Flower Gallery), Sin Yuen (Galerie Koo), Peter Nelson (Hanart TZ Gallery), 009, b.wing and Kila Cheung (JPS Art Gallery), Lau Chin Hung (Kwai Fung Hin), Ettore Sottsass(Novalis), Erin Morrison (Rossi & Rossi), and Joanne Chan (Soluna Fine Art).
Previewing at de Sarthe Art Gallery from 15 to 17 December 2021, all artworks are available for bidding online at https://hk.givergy.com/FrenchChamber/ from 1 pm HKT on 1 December 2021 until 7 pm HKT on 17 December 2021, while selected artworks given by galleries and artists will also be offered at the live auction by Christie’s during a cocktail reception on 17 December 2021.
The aiding art event includes mentorship for art students by bringing them an opportunity to show their works in a gallery for the first time and further exposure to the art world. Also, three art students with best artworks voted by an art professionals panel will be honoured at the Résidence de France by the French Consul on 15 December and will received an award and a substantial amount of artist’s supplies.
Auction Preview: 15 – 17 December 2021
Online Auction: Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 1 pm HKT – Friday, 17 December 2021, 7 pm HKT
Live Auction and Cocktail Reception: Friday, 17 December 2021, 6 – 8 pm
de Sarthe gallery
20/F, Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm
About Make It Work HK
Make It Work HK is a Hong Kong Section 88 charitable organisation, launched in 2015 by the French Chamber Foundation. Its mission is to help the working poor in Hong Kong improve their lives and find employment lifting them out of poverty.
Make It Work HK manages centres in Wan Chai, Mong Kok and Tsuen Wan, where working poor can access helpful communities, obtain meals and Covid-19 prevention materials, be coached, trained and access employment assistance services.
Every year, over 40,000 meals are served, dozens of support and training workshops are organized, and over a hundred people lifted out of poverty.
About de Sarthe
de Sarthe is a pioneering platform for boundary-pushing contemporary art from Asia. It has also contained an influential international presence in modern and post-war art since 1977. de Sarthe was founded in Paris (1977), later establishing galleries in America (1981) and most recently in Hong Kong (2010) and once occupied an 8,000 sq/ft space in Beijing’s renowned art district Caochangdi (2014-2018). In 2017, the gallery opened a 10,000 sq/ft space in Hong Kong’s southside art district, Wong Chuk Hang, to expand its program of contemporary art from Asia. With the launches of robust programs including open-studio residency deSAR, the gallery took an important role in supporting and exhibiting a wide range of artists that lead the emerging Asian art scene.
de Sarthe’s spirit continues in the Hong Kong space alongside de Sarthe Advisory. Led by de Sarthe family, the entity maintains profound advisory for 19th to 20th century masterpieces and has placed important artwork with collectors acrossthe world for nearly five decades. de Sarthe Advisory has dealt in artwork including the likes of Monet, van Gogh, Rodin; Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti; Chu Teh-Chun, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, Pierre Soulages, Zao Wou-Ki; Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol; as well as Chen Zhen and Bernar Venet.
For additional information, please contact:
De Sarthe Gallery: Zola Shao,firstname.lastname@example.org, Cara Chen, email@example.com Tel.: 2167 8896
Make It Work HK: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel.: 2294 7734