Monday, May 11, 2009

In the name of charity

You can always depend on Hong Kongers to commercialise anything as long as there’s an element of charity in it. This time, it’s both. YY9 Gallery is doing an ‘exhibition’ on canvas bags created by over 100 artists, designers and celebrities including Barney Cheng (fashion designer), Cathy Lee (former model now society tai tai), Craig Au Yeung (comic artist), Chow Chun Fai (artist who paints HK movie scenes), Douglas Young (founder of G.O.D), Prudence Mak (of Chocolate Rain fame), Steve Leung (interior designer and architect) and more. Each will be given a plain canvas bag to ‘recreate’ the bag in some incarnation. After the exhibition, the bags will be sold under silent auction. Starting bid is HK$1,000.

While reading through the list, Cathy Lee’s name sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb. What does a tai tai have to do with the rest of the art crew? Well it becomes clear when you take a look at the charity element. All proceeds are donated to the Chi Heng Foundation which help ADIS impacted orphans and their families in mainland China. And whose pet project is the Chi Heng Foundation? Why Cathy Lee of course.

Exhibition Period: 8 - 30 May 2009

YY9 Gallery
G/F., 83-85 Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 10-7pm (closed on Sun and Public Holidays)
T: 2574 3370

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