Watershed, February - March 2011
Watershed: An exhibition of work by Chinese and Northern Irish Artists
Bill Penney, Yung Sau-Mui, Raymond Henshaw, Fung Ho-Yin, Fiona Joyce, Cheung Chung-Chu, Grace McMurray, Pauline Chan So-Yee, Janine Davidson, Liz Lau Win-Wa
Watershed: A critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point: “a watershed in modern.. history, a time that… forever changed ..social attitudes” (Robert Reinhold).
Watershed is an exhibition of new work by both Chinese and Northern Irish artists and is a project in MCAC’s ‘Other Perspectives’ initiative. The exhibition features new work made in response to the theme of the title.
The collaboration has been derived from the shared geographical, political and historical positions that exist between both Northern Ireland and Hong Kong. The importance of ports, ships and water the post-industrial environment and the shared political history between the two places raise interesting similarities and points for discussion. The exhibition provides the opportunity for artists taking part to create work for an international audience and further develop their practice, while developing international links and exposure for their work.
The theme ‘Watershed’ has significance in this context, the word implies several meanings pertaining to physical geography as well as metaphorical associations with consciousness, tensions, splits and separations. In the context of the exhibition, the word has been defined in both its physical sense as the division between westward – flowing and eastward – flowing streams, and in its metaphorical sense as: A moment or event separating two distinct periods of time, a momentous event that alters the course of time.
Curated by artist Raymond Henshaw, Ho Yin Fung, assistant professor HKPU School of Design and Jackie Barker, Director MCAC the exhibition is a collaboration between artists working in both Hong Kong and Northern Ireland. The exhibition will open at the Hong Kong Graphic Fiesta and move to the City Hall in Hong Kong on the 21st December, 2010, the exhibition will then tour to Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown and return to the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong.