BESPOKCRACY x BLUE SKY ESCAPES
HONG KONG ART WEEK 2019: AN EXCLUSIVE INSIDERS' TOUR
We are collaborating with Blue Sky Escapes for the first time to bring you a Bespokcracy original itinerary- An Exclusive Insiders' Tour of Hong Kong Art Week 2019.
This 5D4N arts and culture-focused and art expert-led tour helps you navigate Asia’s busiest and most exhilarating art week, the Hong Kong Art Week, which pivots around the marquee fair of Art Basel Hong Kong and its satellite fair, Art Central, fully-led by a former gallery owner and erstwhile art consultant, Benjamin Hampe.
Through our extensive connections and experience in the art world, we have curated a selection of access-only and insider-look activities which include a sneak peek at the West Kowloon Cultural District, talks by leading figures in the art and cultural scene and thoughtfully-curated walks and introductions by Hampe.
Due to popular demand, we now offer a 3D2N option of this tour, for those who would like to focus on the art fairs and the various exhibitions at prominent galleries. This will also be led by Bespokcracy's resident art consultant, Benjamin Hampe and include the same meticulously-curated tours and exclusive access under the full itinerary. We still highly recommend signing up for the full 5D4N itinerary to enjoy a more complete experience of HKAW and at the same time, get a taste of other aspects of Hong Kong!
t o u r h i g h l i g h t s
1. Our Art Consultant and Guide for the Tour
This Hong Kong Art Week Insiders' Tour will be wholly-led by Bespokcracy’s resident art consultant, Benjamin Hampe, one of Southeast Asia’s most highly-regarded figures in the art industry. He was the founder of Chan Hampe Galleries situated in Raffles Hotel and he now consults widely for various organisations, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat and Arndt Art Space to name a few.
2. VIP Access & Connect With Art World Figures and Personalities
As an esteemed guest of this very special tour, you will gain VIP access to both Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central, topped off with well-planned curatorial walks through the fairs to ensure that you do not have to negotiate the frenzy and bustle on your own. You can also expect curator-led tours of various world-renowned galleries including David Zwirner, Pearl Lam Galleries and Simon Lee Gallery, and perhaps even get to meet some artists in person.
3. First Look
From being one of the first in the world to gain further and deeper insight of the emergence of the world’s largest arts precinct, West Kowloon Cultural District, to a secretive sneak preview of the hippest entrant to the member’s club scene, the entire experience will arm you with bragging rights when you get home.
4. We ❤ Hong Kong
This tour takes you to one of the world’s most captivating cosmopolitan metropolises. Serving as the backdrop to one of Asia’s most exciting art events, the trip will be made complete with exquisite private kitchens for some intimate dining affairs and attending performing arts shows at spectacular venues, and finally walking heritage tours that will leave you with a closer understanding of Hong Kong’s past and present.
t o u r i t i n e r a r y
26 March 2019
Arrive in Hong Kong and check into your hotel. We then kick off your exclusive Hong Kong Art Week Insiders' Tour with a VIP preview of galleries showcasing Southeast Asian works and artists; including participating Singapore galleries. Benjamin will lead you through the art spaces — the first of many to come.
Look forward to meeting a senior Art Central representative to get an overview of the fair and be among the first to find out what makes this 2019 edition an unmissable experience.
To cap off an exhilarating first day, enjoy a welcome dinner at a private kitchen, with a famous art personality as our guest-of-honour.
27 March 2019
Start the day with an exclusive series of gallery talks and tours within the H Queen’s and Pedder buildings. These include galleries like David Zwirner and Simon Lee Gallery. You might even get a rare tour and viewing of an artist’s works by the artist himself or herself.
Next, hop on a privately chartered tram — an iconic Hong Kong transportation mode — for a 2-hour jaunt and learn about the city’s history of trams.
The rest of the day will be spent at the Art Basel Hong Kong (ABHK) VIP preview, where Hampe will, once again, lead the group around the gallery spaces. You will have the opportunity to explore the fair on your own time and pace.
28 March 2019
Be one of the first in the world to have an insider look at various venues at West Kowloon Cultural District. At M+ Museum, you will be able to learn more about the cultural institution and its place in the art world.
Come afternoon, we will possibly enjoy a sneak preview and private tour of a new member’s club in Hong Kong, with special attention paid to the art around the club.
At night, you may wish to attend the ABHK vernissage or opt for a show. The latter will involve you attending a special performing arts performance that will honour a very Cantonese art form, at an equally outstanding location suited to the particular art form.
29 March 2019
Visit the Wong Chuk Hang galleries for an exclusive tour led by a local artist. The focus on Hong Kong artists will carry through the spaces we stop by, including but not limited to de Sarthe and Blindspot.
Lunch will take place at a private kitchen within a gallery, with a menu specially crafted and created for you.
In the afternoon, pop by the Tai Kwun complex, a centre for heritage and arts. Embark on a tour of the space and a detour to Tai Kwun Contemporary — the contemporary art programming arm of the place.
Meet a senior curator or team leader to learn more about the centre and the work they do over tea at the on-site Chinese restaurant.
Then, a walking heritage tour of the island’s Central area will follow, before a farewell dinner at one of Hong Kong's most exciting dining establishment.
Day 5 (Optional)
30 March 2019
Depending on your outbound flight time, you can opt to spend your morning visiting one or two non-profit art organisations, the missions of which are to encourage art appreciation and awareness in Hong Kong and Asia.
The visits will take on a more research and academic tone as there will be privately-arranged talks with these organisations’ representatives about topics of their choosing.
Once done, head to your hotel to checkout before returning home renewed with invaluable knowledge and artistic inspiration that will stay with you long after this tour ends.
This exclusive one-off tour is only open to a limited number of guests. Enquire today!
Registration closes 17 February 2019
This journey outline serves as a guideline only and may be subject to change. The final journey price includes (i) lodging at 4-star accommodation or boutique equivalent, (ii) curated meals (as specified in the final itinerary), (iii) VIP passes for Art Basel and Art Central, (iv) art-expert guiding services, (v) ground transportation, (vi) entrance fees for various venues (where applicable). It excludes (i) international flights, (ii) travel insurance, (iii) any visa charges, (iv) personal expenses, In this regard, if a pre-requisite number of confirmed guests for this tour is not met, Blue Sky Escapes and Bespokcracy Travel reserve the right and absolute discretion to cancel or make such amendments to the journey.