If you walk through Kowloon City you may spot a few colourful shop shutters. Launched in 2017, Hong Kong Urban Canvas project returns with 22 boldly painted shutters, organised by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation and supported by Standard Chartered Bank Limited.
Hong Kong Urban Canvas is a community art project made up of 62 shutter artworks in six districts to celebrate community inclusion and highlights unique aspects of local culture through art and oral history. Each year, the project is divided into two phases – the other, this year, is in Ap Lei Chau.
This year, 22 new shopfront shutter artworks were created by nine groups of local artists. Each work reflects the history of Kowloon City and the personalities and histories of its shop owners. The focus of phase two was art education.
Hundreds of students worked with local artists and their teachers to create 260 pieces of artwork inspired by the history of Kowloon City. The resulting artwork will be displayed in exhibitions at Kowloon City Plaza in April.