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Exhibition shows the attraction of red, white and blue

Over 100 artworks by more than 20 local creative talents will be featured in the exhibition "building hong kong - redwhiteblue" at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from now until April 18, 2005.

The work is the product of different generations and from a diversity of professions, including graphic/visual design, architecture, photography and installation. And some of the contributions have come from students.

The exhibition, curated by renowned designer Stanley Wong, is the inaugural exhibition of the Hong Kong Design Series organised by the Heritage Museum. Wong, who began a symbolic search for the Hong Kong spirit in 2001, employs the red, white and blue fabric, the common, cheap, light and durable material, that has a strong local flavour to translate his message into a visual language. In his creation, this mundane polyethylene has become the perfect medium to showcase the social and economic development of Hong Kong. For this exhibition, he invited other artists and designers to use this material as a medium to build a visual platform for dialogue with visitors on their perception of the Hong Kong spirit.

The exhibition was officially opened today (November 27) by the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Miss Anissa Wong Sean-yee; the Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Mrs Selina Chow; and five guest curators of the Hong Kong Design Series -- Mr Stanley Wong, Mr Barrie Ho, Mr Douglas Young, Professor Yanta Lam and Miss Judy Mann.

Speaking at today's opening ceremony, Miss Wong said that as Hong Kong moved towards a globalised knowledge economy, design would become increasingly indispensable in the creative industries.

"Local designers have engaged in creative thinking by combining design with business and technology, to create high value-added products and eventually promoting the brand profiles of companies," she said.

"In the 21st century, there are rapid developments and changes in all aspects that deserve new ways of thinking. I hope that the 'building hong kong redwhiteblue' exhibition, together with the whole 'Hong Kong Design Series' can induce more innovative ideas, encourage creative exchange, and explore the infinite creative possibilities," Miss Wong said.

As design plays an important role in shaping the future of Hong Kong, the Heritage Museum has dedicated the following year as the "Year of Design", in recognition of the infinite possibilities of this discipline and the contributions of its practitioners in various business activities. As one of the special programmes organised in the "Year of Design", the Hong Kong Designer Series features various disciplines of design that relate to our daily life and environment. The series of five exhibitions are "Building Hong Kong - visual/graphic design", "Spaces and Places - interior and exterior design", "Mega-crossover - home products design", "In and Out - product design development" and "Body and Wears - fashions design".

Located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, the Heritage Museum opens from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays and from 10am to 5pm on Christmas Eve. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Lunar New Year. Admission is $10, with a half-price concession for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and full-time students. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

A free shuttle bus operates between the Sha Tin KCR Station and the Heritage Museum from 1pm to 6pm on Saturdays and from 1pm to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays.

For enquiries, call 2180 8188. For details of the exhibition, visit the Heritage Museum's website at .

Ends/Saturday, November 27, 2004
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