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February 25, 2010

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Your creative skills range from making the perfect daisy chains to mixing the most fabulously colourful cocktails (both highly admired attributes during the summer festival season), your idea of thinking outside of the box usually requires the latest iPhone app, and your recent brush with minimalism left friends thinking they’d dropped into the sanatorium rather than cool and cosy chez toi. Need a little inspiration to revamp and rev-up your creative side? Look no further than this buzzing line up of art exhibitions around town. . .

Dragon Garden Show at The Cat Street Gallery
From Tuesday, March 2 to Sunday, March 7, The Cat Street Gallery will present a groundbreaking show, fusing celebrity, art and heritage in aid of Hong Kong’s famed Dragon Garden. Highly sought after artists including Paul Davies, Kacey Wong, Olaf Mueller, Kirsteen Pieterse, Richard Winkworth, Baldovino Barani and Holly Suan Gray have all been specially commissioned to create pieces inspired by the mystical garden, which was created in 1949 and gained international recognition in the 1974 James Bond film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. Works range from sculpture to graphic arts to fashion photography, and all proceeds from sales will benefit the rehabilitation of this hidden cultural treasure. Night to Go: Thursday, March 4, when you will have the chance to meet all participating artists as well as Kay Tse, Cantopop superstar and muse for artist Olaf Mueller. (222 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2291 0006,

Chen Man at Ooi Botos Gallery
Next month Ooi Botos Gallery will play host to China’s hottest, most sought after fashion and art photographer, Chen Man’s, first HK solo show. Her stunning photography has been chosen by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to headline its ‘China Design Now’ show, been featured in Art Photo Expo Miami in a show curated by the famed Patric Remy and was specially commissioned for an exhibition organized by Philippe Starck at Le Royal Monceau in Paris. A regular contributor to Vogue, Nylon, Esquire and Bazaar, Man has become known for her dazzling and sophisticated photographic style and technical mastery. A collection of her best works including the exclusive Young Pioneer series will be on show at the gallery starting March 13. (5 Gresson Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 2527 9733,

Natvar Bhavsar at Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Last night Sundaram Tagore Gallery launched a month-long exhibition of the work of Indian-born artist Natvar Bhavsar, which follows his highly acclaimed exhibitions at the 2009 Venice Biennale and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. World renowned for his groundbreaking and sublime pure-pigment paintings, Bhavsar will unveil RANG, featuring a series of monumental Color Field paintings for his debut exhibition in East Asia. One of the early denizens of New York’s SoHo, working alongside artistic luminaries like Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, and Clyfford Still, Bhavsar ‘s works are currently in more than 800 public and private collections across the globe, and now possibly your living room! (57-59 Hollywood Road, Central, 2581 9678,

Heritage x Art x Design at the Former Police Married Quarters
To highlight the uniquely diverse culture of Central and Sheung Wan, The Hong Kong Jockey Club and HULU Culture have created “Heritage x Art x Design Walk” at the former Police Married Quarters on Hollywood Road. The area’s courtyard has been transformed into a theatre, created by bamboo and decorated with the red lamps commonly used by butchers to portray the area’s cross-section culture, while the main exhibition showcases works inspired by the cultural development and history of the district by 12 talented young artists. A series of design workshops, cultural tours, talks and performances will be ongoing until March 13th. Highlights include: A live concert in the courtyard this Saturday, February 27, a chance to meet and greet with the artists on Sunday, February 28 and the closing ceremony and auction on Saturday, March 6th. (35 Aberdeen Street at Hollywood Road, Central,

Revved up and raring to go? Could be time to revisit minimalism with a fresh pair of eyes and a mind full of bright ideas. Your guests will be in for a treat (and your landlord may want to check himself into the sanatorium!)

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