Para Site auction fundraises for ongoing growth and outreach

Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre will hold its annual fundraising auction on 27 October 2015.

From now until 27 October 2015, buyers can place bids at Paddle8, and works are available for preview at Bonham’s Hong Kong Gallery.

Installation view of a collaborative project between Ai Weiwei and Vito Acconci at Para Site Art Space.

Installation view of a collaborative project between Ai Weiwei and Vito Acconci at Para Site Art Space.

A highlight of the month

Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the most active independent art institutions in Asia, will hold its annual fundraising auction on 27 October 2015.

The live auction is set to take place at an exclusive dinner at the Qube at PMQ. The lots offered at auction are available for preview at Bonham’s Hong Kong gallery from 22 to 26 October 2015, and public bids can be placed online at Paddle8.

Per Hong Kong Tatler, the leading art space’s annual auction is “set to be a highlight of the month”. Over 100 lots are available for auction featuring works by leading artists from Asia and beyond including Ai Weiwei, Song Dong, Cao Fei, Alfredo Jaar and Antony Gormley, among others.

Fuelling growth and outreach

The upcoming auction is Para Site’s first after the institution’s move to new premises earlier this year. Cosmin Costinas, Para Site’s Executive Director and Curator, said on Para Site’s website:

The upcoming auction is the culmination of an exceptional year for Para Site during which we shifted space and expanded our programming to both critical success and community acclaim. The larger space has allowed us to hold more museum-standard exhibitions, more public programmes and residencies, more support schemes for Hong Kong artists, and launch more new publications than ever before. We saw a considerable increase in visitor numbers, and our impact on the local arts community has been commensurately bigger.

Catherine Wood (via Skype), Low Kee Hong, Danny Yung, Ana Janevski, Doryun Chong and Stuart Comer. Image courtesy Para Site.

Catherine Wood (via Skype), Low Kee Hong, Danny Yung, Ana Janevski, Doryun Chong and Stuart Comer. Image courtesy Para Site.

All funds raised in the upcoming auction will continue to support Para Site’s work with local and international artists, as well as their extensive exhibition and education programme. Costinas continues:

The funds raised will allow Para Site to continue supporting Hong Kong and Asia’s new and leading talent and engaging with the local community through ground-breaking exhibitions and educational outreach.

Paddle8 supports institutional fundraising

Also fundraising via auction on Paddle8 is Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (4A) and Hong Kong’s Asia Art Archive (AAA). All proceeds from 4A’s auction will support 4A’s 2016 artistic programme. The AAA’s Annual Fundraiser, to be held from 10 to 13 November at The Space, marks the 15th anniversary of the institution. The AAA auction is online on Paddle 8 until 14 November. The online auction platform was also used by San Art’s fundraising auction last year.

Michele Chan

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