London ETO supports showcase of Hong Kong’s craftsmanship in London (with photos)


     The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (London ETO), supported Crafts on Peel, a charitable organisation in Hong Kong, to join the London Craft Week 2023, bringing the “Hearts & Hands: Crafts of Hong Kong” exhibition to London. 

     The exhibition showcases about 30 pieces of traditional and contemporary crafts, created by artisans and craftsmen from Hong Kong.
     Speaking at a reception of the exhibition on May 9 (London time), the Director-General of the London ETO, Mr Gilford Law, welcomed the opportunity to sponsor Crafts on Peel to stage the exhibition in London and said, “While Hong Kong is keen to develop into the East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange as underpinned by the National 14th Five-Year Plan, our strength truly comes from our artists, particularly their ambition, belief, creativity, dedication and energy.”

     Mr Law also hoped that audience could feel how Hong Kong’s culture and heritage is preserved through the artworks made with artisans’ hearts and hands. He also encouraged the audience to visit Hong Kong and explore its vibrant arts and cultural scene.

     This is the third year London ETO supported Crafts on Peel to participate in the London Craft Week, which is an invaluable platform for Hong Kong artisans to reach out to audience in the United Kingdom. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A Museum) has acquired “Red Leaves”, a bamboo craft work by Hong Kong contemporary artisan Ms Lau Mei-yee, after the work was shown in “Imagine the ‘Im’possibilities: Bamboo” exhibition during the London Craft Week 2021, which was also sponsored by London ETO. The work is currently on view in the V&A Museum’s East Asia Collection.

     The “Hearts & Hands: Crafts of Hong Kong” exhibition takes place in the Royal Society Of Sculptors (108 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3RA) from May 8 to 21. During the exhibition, Hong Kong artisans will host workshops and live demonstrations on bamboo and wood craftsmanship.