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Buses and ferries transformed into mobile art galleries

Starting today (December 3), passengers who take four City Bus or New World First Bus routes or who take the ferry at the First Ferry Services Pier 5 in Central will have a new artistic experience.

This is thanks to the "Mobile Art Expedition" -- a partnership project of the Art Promotion Office (APO) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, New World First Bus Services Limited (NWFB), New World First Ferry Services Limited (NWFF) and Citybus Limited. As with the successful "Mobile Art Gallery" in 2002 and "Gallery Ferry" in 2003, this project aims to bring local visual arts to the public, enhancing the city's cultural identity.

Launching the "Mobile Art Expedition" today (December 3) at Victoria Park were the Deputy Director (Culture) of LCSD, Mr Chung Ling-hoi, Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Dr Peter Wong King-keung; and Vice-Chairman of Citybus Limited, the NWFB and the NWFF, Mr Tsang Yam-pui. They also presented awards to participating artists.

The "Mobile Art Expedition" through an open competition under the theme, "Diary of Hong Kong", received 116 entries, from which 27 artworks were selected for the Bus Compartment category and 14 for the Ferry Pier category.

Reproductions of the 27 winning entries will be on display for six months inside nine bus compartments of the NWFB and Citybus Limited routes. The bus routes are as follows:

8P: between Siu Sai Wan (Island Resort) and Wan Chai Ferry Pier
112: between North Point (Pak Fuk Road) and So Uk

962: between Tuen Mun (Lung Mun Oasis) and Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace)
969: between Tin Shui Wai Town Centre and Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace)

The winning entries of the Ferry Pier category will be on display in the waiting area of the First Ferry Pier 5 in Central for six months.

The winning artists in the Bus Compartment category are Iris Chan Chung-yan, Chan Fong-yuen, Chan Man-chiu, Chan Wun-han, Chiu Chin-ting, Choy Man-kin, Fung Man-yiu, Happy & Hopes (Lee Pik-ki and Yeung Yan-yan), Ko Sum-yuen, Lam Yuk-lin, Lau Yan-hin, Woody Lee Kwok-chuen, Lo Kwan-chi, Natalie Lo Lai-lai, Ma Siu-han, Man Wing-wan, Poon Lai-man, Seto Kin-hang, Shen Ping, Shum Yin-ting, Tang Tsz-kin, Galen Tse Kin-wah, Wong Chun-li, Wong Hing-sze, Wong Man-yee, Yiu Kwan-ho and Sophia Yung Tsz-kei.

The winning artists in the Ferry Pier category are Iris Chan Chung-yan, Chan Fong-yuen, Christine Cheung Po-ming, Florence Cheung, Ko Sum-yuen, Lam Sze-ling, Lee Chung-hoi, Liu Wai-yee, Ma Siu-han, Man Wing-wan, Sharon Smith, Tang Tsz-kin, Wong Chun-li and Kelvin Wong.

For more information about the "Mobile Art Expedition", please call the APO on 3101 2738. For bus route information of NWFB and CTB, please call 2136 8888 and 2873 0818 respectively. For the sailing schedule for First Ferry Pier 5 in Central, please call 2131 8181.

Ends/Saturday, December 3, 2005

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