Exhibition RePlace/ RePlay: UpCycling in Hong Kong Art and Jewellery

Fri, 14.05.2021 -
Sat, 29.05.2021

Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio

14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre
No.2 Harbour Road

Curators: Anna Grasskamp and Ching Sze-Yin Cicy with the assistance of Chong Yan Xuan Kimberly, Hoi Kan Kong Thomas and Kwok Pui Yi Esther

For those who have missed the exhibition earlier, please take the chance to see the beautiful works in this Dynamic VR Tour produced by “Free Walk In” of the  “Arts Go Digital Platform Scheme” supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council:


Participating Artists
Alchemist Creations
Chan Pak-kin Brandon
Chan Po-fung
Chan Wing-sze Cissy
Belinda Chang / Evelyn Kwok
Chang Ting Tiffany
Ching Sze-yin Cicy
Chong Yan-xuan Kimberly
Chu Cheuk-wai Margaret
Chung Ka-pang Adrian
Garbage Handmade
Lam Yau-sum
liina klauss
Shirley Lam
MAP Office
Tsang Tak-ping
Victor Wong
W;nk Atelier

Twelve of the exhibited artworks are presented online with background stories:

The exhibition "RePlace / RePlay: UpCycling in Hong Kong Art and Jewellery" opens at the Goethe-Gallery and Black Box Studio on May 14, 2021 (Fri) at 6:30pm. On the same day, the finissage of "ReSource / ReSearch: Recycling as Creative Practice. A Research Exhibition" will take place at Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, CVA, HKBU at 7:00pm.

Two shuttle buses from Goethe-Institut Hongkong to Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery at 7:00pm and 7:30pm will be provided for guests who will attend the exhibition opening at the Goethe-Gallery and would like to attend the finissage at the AVA. The shuttle bus service is complimentary but due to the limited number of seats, registration is required:


For centuries, jewellery makers and goldsmiths have worked sustainably and created circular economies by melting and reshaping precious metal objects and remounting valuable gemstones. This longstanding practice of recycling has also informed recent practices by which jewellery designers have creatively reused waste materials alongside precious commodities to turn “trash into treasure.”
This exhibition presents research on upcycling practices in contemporary art and design in Hong Kong, a city that connects local with global practices while remaining rooted in Asia, one of the world’s top waste-producing and waste-receiving areas. Understanding craftsmanship as a way of thinking, the exhibition maps and investigates the pioneering roles of artists’ and jewellery designers’ sustainable practices.
RePlace / RePlay challenges the mainstream understanding of Hong Kong jewellery as predominantly commercial and market orientated. Going beyond conventional ideas on materiality and value, the exhibition presents insights into a vibrant scene of ecologically aware creative practitioners from different generations and cultural backgrounds engaged with the upcycling of Hong Kong material culture.
Made possible by the Research Grants Council’s General Research Fund 12609820

This exhibition complements the exhibition ReSource / ReSearch: Recycling as Creative Practice. A Research Exhibition held at the Academy of Visual Arts of the Hong Kong Baptist University.

An accompanying workshop RePlace/ RePlay: Turning Trash into Treasure will take place on May 15, 2021 (Sat) at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm respectively at the Goethe-Gallery.