大C的意思當然不是指參與的藝術家是大師，C可供自由詮釋，可以是創作-Create，可以是聯繫區內外藝術家- Connect, 也可以是協作- Collaborate 的意思。活動可以讓大眾有簡單的途徑研習藝術，免費在一個受歡迎的藝術活動中參展，更可以有材料費補助。
Background of Fotan Open Studios
Fotan Open Studios started with only two studios in 2001. The number of visitors has grown dramatically since then, from about a thousand in 2004 to more than 10 thousand in 2011. Fotan Open Studios has already become one of the most renowned annual art events in Hong Kong. After witnessing the massive amount of artworks and artists in the studios, people no longer slander Hong Kong as a “Cultural Desert” anymore and nor do they complain about there being no artists in Hong Kong.
Open studios and a lot of other art activities related to open studios in the past were sponsored by the Hong Kong Art Development Council, the Home Affairs Bureau and some private companies. In recent years, voluntary organizer of Fotan Open Studio has not applied for any sponsorship. The artists paid for the organizing fee themselves and have focused only on opening studios. Due to the soaring rent of industrial buildings and lack of financial support, many Fotan artists do not join the open studios activity anymore. The situation has worsened by frequent inspections from the government after a fire accident occurred in an industrial building. The number of open studios plummeted between 2015 and 2018, from 91 to 32.
On the other hand, simplification of the art events leads to criticism that “Fotan is dead”. Indeed, Fotan Open Studios does not indulge in gimmicks and remains focused on development of creativity of individual artists. Some people see “the differences” and feel fascinated with the sustained progress in art creation; while, some people find the situation to be “the same” and grumble for similar exhibitors every year. Fotan is dead or alive? Different people can have different views.
Anyhow, it is heartening that the Open Studios allow artists to reach the audience directly without any middlemen, such as galleries or museums, which means artists without strong industry networks also can have access to audiences and brings refreshing new artworks to the event.
Enhancing education function
Although Fotan Open Studios is facing considerable criticism, the audience has not shrunk. It allows audience to meet a variety of artists face-to-face. Many students are attracted and visit the studios for learning art and meeting artists. This might be because they need to fulfill the requirement of assignments like “Other Learning Experience” or “Independent Enquiry Study” for senior secondary education. It proves the contribution of Fotan Open Studios in art education.
One of the possible directions of development of Fotan Open Studios is to deepen the function of art education. Initiated by Phoebe Man, an experienced artist of Fotan Open Studio, Project C, opens to all Fotan artists, designed to provide art learning opportunities to the public, to connect art lovers outside Fotan and to allow outsiders to participate in Fotan open studios activities.
The name “Project C” is free for interpretation. “C” can mean “Create”, “Connect” and “Collaborate”. Project C not only provides accessible ways of art study for general public but also offers a valuable opportunity for art lovers to create and exhibit their artworks at a popular art hub with creation subsidies.
Flexible Small Class Teaching in Project C
The tutors of Project C, including Winnie Davies, Marc Leung, Phoebe Man, Amy Tai, Joe Yiu, Leo Yu and Artists Co-op specialize in different art fields like painting, mixed-media, photography and social-engaged art, etc. These teachers shall enroll 2 to 7 students based on the art media or cooperative projects they are interested in. Interested party can visit the teachers’ studios in 2019 Fotan Open Studios. Applicants can also choose other Fotan artists as their tutors. The organizer of Project C will invite the most popular artists to be tutors. Successful applicants will be engaged in a ten-month art education programme. The content of the classes will be discussed between the artists and the students. There are 8 classes, including three collective meetings shall be arranged for programme introduction, mid-term presentation and final presentation. Other classes are individual meetings. The final artworks will be exhibited in Open Studios with a research outcome publication, catalogues and guided tours to introduce the cooperative results.
工作人員 Staff List
項目總監/策展人 Project Director/Curator
文晶瑩 Phoebe Man
項目統籌/網頁設計 Project Coordinator/Web design
鄭羽以 Sunny Cheng
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