Para/Site Art Space
Para/Site Art Space is an independent and non-profit arts organisation based in Hong Kong. Established in 1996 as an artist-run space and further developed into a curator-run space in 2005, Para/Site Art Space has been at the forefront of exhibiting, producing and communicating contemporary visual arts in Hong Kong. As one of the leading curator-run spaces in both Hong Kong and the Greater China region with an ambitious outlook on high-quality contemporary art practices, Para/Site Art Space is dedicated to staging landmark exhibitions, initiating educational programmes and becoming a generative centre for arts criticism, research, education and exchange.
Para/Site Art Space is currently housed in a two-level gallery in Sheung Wan — an historical and characteristic part of Hong Kong. By providing a professional exhibition space as well as creating an environment where artists at all levels can present their artworks, Para/Site Art Space is the first of its kind in Hong Kong to support the growth and development of artists and their related art practices. It is also committed to nurturing the next generation of curators in the Asia-Pacific region through the Curatorial Training Programme.
Para/Site Art Space also places its emphasis on the importance of cultural exchanges between local and overseas artists. In the past three years, it facilitated numerous emerging and established artists' debut presentations in Hong Kong, such as Paul Chan, Lawrence Weiner, Cao Fei, Dennis Oppenheim and Franz Ackermann. Para/Site Art Space has also been invited to participate in various prestigious international exhibitions such as the 4th Gwangju Biennale 2002, the 50th Venice Biennale 2003 and the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial 2008. Para/Site Art Space believes that such exchanges can lead to on-going dialogues between artists, art practitioners and the local community. Since its founding in 1996, Para/Site Art Space has produced over 80 exhibitions that cover a wide spectrum of social, cultural and political issues.