The Power of Place

Exhibition Period
Sep 26 - Oct 09, 2022
Exhibition date and time
Mon to Sun, -
Exhibition Place

‘The Power of Place’ 

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022
Inspiring visual arts exchange between UK and Hong Kong 
26th September – 9th October 2022

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022
is a programme designed to encourage meaningful cultural exchange and to forge enduring partnerships between the UK and Hong Kong’s visual arts sectors.

As part of the festival, WMA, Open Eye Gallery and Redeye – the Photography Network are co-presenting the ‘Power of Place’, which brought together 13 artists from both the UK and HK come together to exchange thoughts, ideas, researches, feedbacks and photographs. They have been commissioned to create new artworks, exchange and reflect on existing artworks and share their works through social media residences across both UK and HK platforms. 

For this project Redeye has also created the Power of Place Directory. This is a growing inventory of photographers who work in the UK and in Hong Kong on this subject; a valuable resource and inspiration for anyone thinking about how they relate to place in their work.

About the ‘Power of Place

Everywhere is important. The way in which we experience a place is ever-changing; virtual, physical, contested, peaceful. Over the past two years many of us have been hunkered down at home and rarely venturing into new places. While the pandemic becomes the new normal, people start to reassess their relationships with places – where we live, work, relax, travel. In many cases our local surroundings have taken on new significance, and the place itself has also become home to extraordinary solidarity and resilience. 

Photographers from the United Kingdom and Hong Kong come together to explore the Power of Place. Crossing barriers of physical distance, this exchange highlights new ways of working remotely. They are interested in the ways that we can establish and build relationships to navigate the new virtual landscape. 

The artists featured are:

UK artists (for Open Eye Gallery and Redeye):

Hong Kong artists
(for WMA): 

Other Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 Exchanges
The other projects can be found here.

Talks and Events during Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022
Talks and events involving artists, arts organisations and specialists from both UK and Hong will be scheduled across the festival period from Sept 26th to Oct 9th 2022. The full schedule can be found here.

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 is organised by Open Eye Gallery and University of Salford Art Collection with support from Arts Council England

26/9 (Mon)
- The Artists' Exchange  

Check out here

5:00pm - 6:00pm Launch of Peer to Peer:UK/HK 2022 Festival  

Please join us to celebrate the launch of the online festival and hear from, and about, the people that made it possible.

Hosts Sarah Fisher, Open Eye Gallery and Lindsay Taylor, University of Salford Art Collection
Participants Nicola Smyth, Arts Council England 
Ying Kwok, Ambassador HK
Representatives from each partnership
30/9 (Fri)
5:00pm - 6:00pm Symposium | Artist, Power and Place  

Can we move to a future where artistic careers are not linked to location? A discussion re-imagining the way artists work and collaborate.

Hosts Paul Herrmann, Redeye

Rebecca Burns, Programme Co-ordinator (Redeye)
Chloe Chow, WMA
Anna Sellen, artist
Joseph Leung, artist

4/10 (Tue)
- Digital Residencies  

Check out here for OpeneyeWMA and Redeye, The Photography Network.