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The WKCDA invited public views on the management approach of the Park through a public survey conducted online from 9 May to 29 June. The survey findings serve as a reference in the drafting of the Bylaw and guidelines to govern the operation of the Park and other public open spaces within the District.
On 12 May, the WKCDA appointed the joint venture of UNStudio from the Netherlands and Hong Kong-based AD+RG to design the Lyric Theatre.
On 14 May, M+ announced the establishment of the Brown Family Annual Acquisition Fund. Donated by Hong Kongbased artist and collector Rosamond Brown, the HK$5 million fund allows M+ to acquire works at Art Basel in Hong Kong over the next decade.
M+ was gifted with a donation of US$1 million from a Hong Kong philanthropist towards the acquisition of Asian Field (2003), a monumental sculptural installation by British artist Antony Gormley.
M+ participated in Art Basel in Hong Kong from 15 to 18 May with a presentation on the museum’s building design and growing collection.
Presented by the WKCDA in collaboration with The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), New Works Forum: Challenging Perspectives on Physicalities and Bodies took place on 7 June, where speakers from overseas shared their creative processes with reference to their respective productions.
The first symposium of the M+ Matters 2014-15 series, Postwar Abstraction in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan was held on 28 June to chart the development of modernist abstraction from an East Asian perspective.
On 7 July, the WKCDA launched DECADE, an interactive online platform featuring a cinematic and musical narrative of Hong Kong over 10 decades.
The WKCDA, in association with HKAPA and Theatre du Pif, presented an Intensive 6-day Voice Workshop with Richard Armstrong, a world-renowned voice master from 7 to 12 July
M+ accepted the invitation of Hong Kong Arts Development Council to curate at the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. The two announced on 15 July that local artist Tsang Kin-wah has been selected as Hong Kong’s submission to participate in the Biennale.
The WKCDA unveiled a concept design for the Park on 22 July, conceived by a global team led by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (Hong Kong) Ltd, with West 8 (the Netherlands) and ACLA (Hong Kong).
Take A Swing, Hong Kong’s first outdoor event fusing live music and street dance, took place in
Organised by the WKCDA and supported by Pound Lane Concern Group, New Works Forum: ‘Social Acupuncture’ in the Tai Ping Shan Area was held from 18 to 22 August. In the five-day intensive workshop, Darren O’Donnell, Artistic Director of Mammalian Diving Reflex (Canada), and local artists engaged the local community in the Tai Ping Shan area and created community-based works.
M+ Matters: Import/Export: Postwar Design and Industry in East Asia took place in Hong Kong on 12 September and in Shenzhen on 13 September, discussing mass-produced objects in the context of East Asia’s post-World War II industrial and economic narrative.
On 22 September, the WKCDA Board announced the appointment of Duncan Pescod as Chief Operating Officer.
The fourth episode of the Xiqu Centre Seminar Series, ‘Do Cities Need Xiqu?’ was held on 27 September, featuring a dialogue between Ms Mao Weitao and Dr Liza Wang, renowned Xiqu artists from Mainland China and Hong Kong.
M+ Matters: Theorising Art Histories Globally took place on 18 October, exploring the notion of the ‘global’ and its relevance to creating a new 21st century museum in Hong Kong.
The new two-year term of the WKCDA Board appointed by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Government started from 23 October 2014, with six new non-official members being appointed.
The first sharing session on the Overseas Training / Research Programme for Leaders from Local Arts Groups on Future Arts Development in Hong Kong co-organised by the WKCDA and Hong Kong Arts Development Council was held on 3 November. Two participants of the programme, Artistic Director of Jumbo Kids Theatre Even Lam and dance artist Daniel Yeung, shared about their visits to arts organisations overseas.
M+ Matters: Global Museums’ Collection and Display Strategies Today took place on 18 November, presenting the examples of three standard-setting museums of modern and contemporary art in the world, namely the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Tate Modern in London; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.
Freespace Fest returned for the third year over the weekend of 22 and 23 November at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, and drew a record-breaking attendance of over 43,000 visitors.
On 19 December, the WKCDA announced the appointment of Richard Tse as new Executive Director, Finance.
The finale of M+ Matters 2014-15 series, M+Matters: Expanding the 1980s: The Landscape of Art in China and East Asia took place on 13 January, examining the development of contemporary Chinese art in relation to its surrounding countries during the crucial transitional period of the 1980’s.
The WKCDA Board announced the extension of tenure of existing members of the six Committees and one Subcommittee to 31 December 2015, with the appointment of 11 new co-opted members.
A time capsule ceremony that marked the countdown to the completion of the M+ building was held on 29 January, officiated by Mrs Carrie Lam, Chairman of the WKCDA Board.
US-based Chinese architect and scholar Ling Fan began his six-month term as the inaugural M+ / Design Trust Fellow starting from 3 February, conducting research on the topic ‘Hong Kong as an Archetype: Revisiting Modernist Ideas of the City and its Urban Forms’ at M+.
The WKCDA announced on 10 February that Chief Executive Officer Michael Lynch had tendered his resignation to take early retirement, with effect from 3 August 2015.
Rising Stars of Cantonese Opera ran from 21 February to 2 March at Ko Shan Theatre New Wing, where 12 young local artists brought to audience two full-length productions and numerous excerpts.
M+’s first moving image project Mobile M+: Moving Images started with a thematic screening programme, presenting a series of films and videos by Hong Kong and international artists and filmmakers at Broadway Cinematheque from 27 February to 19 April.
The WKCDA announced the re-appointment of the Chairman and eight existing members, and the appointment of seven new members to its Consultation Panel till 29 February 2016.
The fourth M+ Public Forum: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going took place on 10 March, updating the public on the latest progress of the M+ project, the M+ Collection and its recent acquisitions.
Apart from the thematic screening programme, the twopart exhibition of Mobile M+: Moving Images was launched at Midtown POP and Cattle Depot Artist Village on 13 and 15 March respectively, featuring moving image works by 2 4 H o n g K o n g and international artists, filmmakers and collectives.
The WKCDA briefed members of the 18 District Councils on the draft WKCD (Public Open Space) Bylaw and associated guidelines and received feedback in a town hall meeting on 9 March.
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