Art on the Map: Sheung Wan
This week we speak to Tanya (aka Pirate) Bennett, Co-Gallery Director of The Cat Street Gallery, regarding the Art Scene in Sheung Wan and what herself, Mandy d'Abo and those other guys at The Cat Street get up to on a normal day.
By Charlotte Broomfield | 26 Nov 2013
So Tanya, tell us a little about The Cat Street Gallery and the area of Sheung Wan... 'The area of Sheung Wan as I am sure many of you will be aware, has changed exponentially in the last five years. What was once a commercial area infrequently visited and deemed too far from the hustle and bustle of Central, has gentrified to become a premier arts venue, sprouting a wealth of galleries, design studios, boutiques and destination eateries. The Cat Street Gallery, 222 Hollywood Road, Shueng Wan The decision to move to, what seemed at the time, an arid land was driven in part by rental costs, something every small business owner in Hong Kong knows only too well. This combined with an intuitive knack to seek out creative potential, prompted the gallery owner Mandy d’Abo, to deem Sheung Wan The Cat Street Gallery’s HQ. Now about to enter it’s sixth year on the corner of Hollywood Road, The Cat Street Gallery has expanded its reach to Aberdeen, with a 3000 square foot warehouse annex space. This industrial region on the south side of HK Island is another area fast becoming honed into an upcoming arts hub, with a number of notable galleries and fashion brands moving into the area. It is between these two spaces that The Cat Street Gallery splits its busy programme of events. The gallery has carved a niche for itself showing, primarily, contemporary Australian art. It has gradually expanded its stable to include an array of International and Hong Kong based artists. Some of the notable upcoming shows include the December ‘Works on Paper’ salon show. Featuring a cross selection of both local and International artists, this show aims to explore the notion of what constitutes ‘drawing’ across a wide array of mediums. Aberdeen Annex, 26/f, Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen Marc Standing - In his studio In the new year, a show to definitely mark in the diary is Marc Standing. Standing is fast making a name for himself here in HK. His debut solo show with The Cat Street Gallery promises to be full of as many eccentricities and intriguing images as the work itself. Drawing influence from his intriguing studio in Chai Wan (yet another burgeoning arts district) and displaying a cross selection of older works that also inform his richly-layered new pieces, this is set to be a truly visual treat.' Mandy d'Abo director or THE CAT STREET GALLERY is one of Rise Art's Art Insiders. To see the full list of Curators, Advisors and Insiders, click HERE.