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Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022

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.

This builds on the success of the pilot festival in 2020. Working within a distributed leadership framework, 9 UK visual arts organisations have developed partnerships with 9 Hong Kong organisations, to create unique projects that encourage exchange between more than 43 artists, and over 160 students, in and from each place. This culminates publicly in an online festival from 26th September until 9th October 2022, curated and shaped by and with the partners.

The partnerships include: 

  •   Backlit Gallery (Nottingham) with HART
  •   BOM (Birmingham) with Videotage:
  •   Castlefield Gallery (Manchester) with Hong Kong Arts Centre
  •   Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange (Penzance) with 1983
  •   Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool) and Redeye, The Photography Network with WMA
  •   Open School East (Margate) with Rooftop Institute
  •   QUAD (Derby) with Blindspot Gallery
  •   University of Salford Art Collection with 1a space
  •   University of Salford Art Collection with Per.Platform


The Online Festival will include the nine new projects as well as events, presentations and creative research that reflects the genuine collaborations between artists and supported by partner organisations.  A symposium will bring together partners, artists and external speakers to explore, investigate, and consider how remote working can, and does, lead to meaningful and sustainable partnerships, and cultural exchange.

WMA is delighted to part with Open Eye Gallery and Redeye – The Photography Network by participating in the Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 by a collaborative project titled ‘The Power of Place’, which brought together 13 artists from both the UK and HK 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 work through social media residences across both UK and HK platforms. Details of the project can be found from here

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 has been developed by Sarah Fisher, Open Eye Gallery and Lindsay Taylor, University of Salford Art Collection, with contributions from Ying Kwok, independent curator, Hong Kong, with support from Arts Council England.