Neptune is a year-long curatorial project in a small unit of a neighbourhood mini-mall in Chai Wan, Hong Kong. It organises group exhibitions interrelating the work of local and international artists whose practices are relevant to both Hong Kong's art community and to the context of Neptune's surrounding social fabric.


惑星海王 Neptune 是一個為期一年的策展計劃,展覽空間位於香港柴灣一個街坊小商場的一個單位。本計劃將組織多個本地及國際藝術家聯展,參展藝術家的作品除了與對香港的藝術社區有關,同時亦呼應 惑星海王 Neptune 的周邊社會結構。


WHAT IS NEPTUNE'S SURROUNDING SOCIAL FABRIC?

The neighborhood mini-mall where the exhibition program takes place is at the ground floor of a 1970s social housing building (屋邨), typical for Hong Kong's residential areas. Neptune's daily audiences are the regular users of this site, people who often encounter contemporary art for the very first time - Neptunes's glass walls ensure that the exhibitions are fully accessible around the clock. Therefore the projects are thought to be aesthetically and thematically accessible, yet keeping the uncanniness of art and avoiding populisms.

WHAT DOES NEPTUNE BRING TO THE HONG KONG ART SCENE?

Neptune proposes a coherent curatorial platform, firmly rooted in a Hong Kong neighbourhood. For the young professionals in the city, Neptune's goal is to be an inspiring low-cost model for an art space/project with international ambitions, showing that non-profit initiatives can thrive even in a challenging context like Hong Kong. Moreover, artists who are commissioned new work have the opportunity to develop site-specific projects in an unconventional venue, genuinely connected to Hong Kong's society, whereas art audiences have the chance to encounter art in direct relation to daily life.
 

 
 

NEPTUNE的周邊的社區結構是怎樣的?
本計劃位於柴灣一個街坊小商場,位處一個七十年代屋邨的地下,曾經是香港典型的民居區域。NEPTUNE的主要觀眾是該商場的日常訪客,亦是第一次接觸當 代藝術的人-NEPTUNE的玻璃幕牆確保觀眾隨時都可參觀展覽,因此展覽均會設想成不論美學上或議題上都能夠輕易地接觸觀眾,同時避免民粹主義式的表 述,又保持藝術的神秘感。

NEPTUNE會為香港藝術圈帶來甚麼?
NEPTUNE提出了一個與香港藝壇緊扣的策展的平台,牢牢紮根於香港的鄰里之中。對於在城內的年輕專業人士,NEPTUNE的目標是帶來是成為一個具啓 發性、具國際的野心而又低成本的藝術空間/項目模式,以示非牟利的藝術活動亦能在如香港這個充滿挑戰的環境茁壯成長。此外,被委託製作新作品的藝術家也有 機會在一個非傳統的空間發展場域特定作品,真正與香港社會有所連結,而觀眾亦可以直接在日常生活當中接觸到當代藝術。