United Overseas Bank Hong Kong (UOB Hong Kong) joins hands with Regal Hotels International (Regal Hotels) to launch the “UOB Art Space uniquely @ REGAL” at Regal Airport Hotel, Hong Kong as part of their partnership to promote art in the community.
UOB and Regal Hotels embrace a shared vision to promote and reinforce company mission, core values and brand through appreciation of art. In 2015, UOB Hong Kong established the UOB Art Academy with an aim to make art more accessible to the community, nurture local young artists and promote cross-cultural dialogues through monthly art outreach programmes, quarterly art exhibitions and annual art competitions. In 2016, UOB collaborated with Regal Hotels to launch the UOB Art Space uniquely @ REGAL to showcase the artworks produced by local and Asian artistic talents on quarterly basis.
The Art Space will showcase the works from UOB Art Collection which contains more than 2,000 pieces of art on a quarterly basis, selected art pieces and merchandises from Hong Kong designers are for sale.
Location: 2/F, Regal Airport Hotel
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm daily (closed on Wednesday)
Exhibition of the quarter: Under the stroke of Water Poon Hong Kong．Singapore
Over 10 different newspapers are published daily in Hong Kong. The artist picks some of them as the founcation for each of his drawings, in hopes of recreating the uniqueness of Hong Kong and sharing these with the audience to be appreciated, finding fulfilment and joy in art.
In 2017, Hong Kong artist Water Poon is specially invited to use his paintbrush to depict the life scenery of Hong Kong and Singapore for a solo exhibition, in order to let more people appreciate his unique style, and to infuse life with more vibrancy as well as hope and happiness, to convey a message that there is no divide between arts and culture which bring enjoyment to all of us...
The newspapers of Singapore and Hong Kong were used by Water Poon for drawing, applying the environmentally-friendly concept, feeling the cultural values embedded within the original papers together with the melding of the scenery being drawn, creating another form of in-depth arts, levitating the cultural exchanges of the two places...
The making of Water Poon's art piece
Details of Water Poon's Art Pieces*: Click HERE
*Partial proceeds will be donated to the Caring for Children Foundation and the Evangel Children's Home.
The current exhibition of UOB Art Space uniquely @ REGAL is 'Under the Stroke of Water Poon - Hong Kong・Singapore', an exhibition of new works by renowned Hong Kong artist Water Poon. This series of paintings is layered on top of old local newspapers, applying an environmentally-friendly concept to art making. Poon is drawn to the cultural values embedded within the original papers, and the new meanings that are created through the melding of his drawn sceneries. The artist hopes to generate cross-cultural exchange and encourage his audience to re-interpret and re-evaluate everyday norms.
Grasp the chance to spend an afternoon for art walk and art jam with Water Poon, join us!
Date : 30 Sept 2017 (Sat)
Time : 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue : Regal Airpot Hotel (Chek Lap Kok)
Transportation : Free shuttle bus to/from Tsim Sha Tsui
★ The event will be conducted in Cantonese only, for more details, please refer to the Chinese version.
About the Artist
Water Poon is an artist, photographer, designer and film director. He had been a photo journalist of various newspapers in different countries, such as, Express Post, Singtao Daily, Hong Kong Economic Journal in Hong Kong, Singtao Daily (Canada), magazine Global Views Monthly (Taiwan), and Metro Daily (Hong Kong).
Over the years, Poon has published various photo albums, art books, and travel notes. His works have been exhibited in various places.
About United Overseas Bank
United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) is a leading bank in Asia with a global network of more than 500 offices in 19 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. In Asia, UOB operates through its head office in Singapore and banking subsidiaries in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as branches and representative offices across the region.
Since its incorporation in 1935, UOB has grown organically and through a series of strategic acquisitions. Today, UOB is rated among the world’s top banks: ‘Aa1’ by Moody’s and ‘AA-‘ by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings.
UOB plays an active role in the community, focusing on art, children and education. It has, over more than three decades, held the longest-running art competition in Singapore, the UOB Painting of the Year, which has since been extended across Southeast Asia. In recognition of its contributions to the arts, UOB was conferred the Singapore National Arts Council’s Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award for the twelfth consecutive year in 2016. UOB also encourages its employees across the region to be involved in its regular volunteer activities. This includes the annual UOB Heartbeat Run which is held in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
About Regal Hotels International
Regal Hotels is one of the largest hotel operators in Hong Kong, currently owns and manages 26 hotels with over 10,000 rooms and more than 90 restaurants and bars. Committed to exceeding the needs of each guest, Regal Hotels provide first class international guestrooms and facilities including state-of-the-art meeting rooms.
The Group has 8 operating hotels in Hong Kong, 4 in Shanghai, 2 in Dezhou and 1 in Foshan, Xi’an, Zhengzhou and Barcelona respectively. 8 separate hotels will be opened within the next few years in Hong Kong and major cities in China Mainland including Chengdu, Jiangmen, Kunshan and Zhengzhou.