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Bamboo Scenes in 2021: The Year in Review

Bamboo Scenes Artists Jeremy Cheung, Kevin Mak, Gideon de Kock, Vivien Liu & Madelon de Grave
Bamboo Scenes Photography Artists (left to right) - Gideon de Kock, Jeremy Cheung, Kevin Mak, and Vivien Liu with the Founder Madelon de Grave (centre)
 

Can you believe it’s December already?! We certainly can’t. 2021 has been a huge year for Bamboo Scenes—and we couldn’t have done any of it without you, our loyal clients and fellow art enthusiasts. In the lead-up to the holidays, we couldn’t help but get a little nostalgic about the incredible year we’ve experienced and the different ways we’ve supported the incredibly talented local artists & team we work with, the local artistic community, and the people of Hong Kong. And, as we thought over the year’s events, we decided we wanted to share all our joy and excitement  with you.

So without further ado, here it is—Bamboo Scenes’ 2021 in review!

A Brand New Chapter

In June, we kicked off a new era of Bamboo Scenes with a revamped brand concept and a host of exciting new developments.

We welcomed two new artists, Vivien Liu and Kelvin Yuen, to our curated collective of eight incredible local photographers. We also debuted new collections of photography art prints for our six existing artists.

Bamboo Scenes Photography Artists - Kelvin Yuen & Vivien Liu
Bamboo Scenes Photography Artist Kelvin YuenVivien Liu

In June, we hosted the first exhibition under our revitalised brand concept, “Hong Kong Contrasts,” at Loft 22 in Lan Kwai Fong. The event was more successful than we could’ve hoped, with over 1,000 visitors across four days. We couldn’t have done it without you guys!

Bamboo Scenes Exhibition 'Hong Kong Contrasts' Loft22, California Tower LKF (June 2021)
Bamboo Scenes 'Hong Kong Contrasts' Exhibition (Jun 2021)

At the same time, we had two delightful new additions to our team, increasing the possibilities for Bamboo Scenes’ future. Our manager, Mei, is the driving force behind the every day of Bamboo Scenes, while our editor, Gayatri, is the content whiz behind our social media, Journal articles, and basically every other written content we do!

Bamboo Scenes Manager Mei Ming Leung & Editor Gayatri Bhaumik

We also launched our exclusive Artist Video series, which takes viewers on personal tours of each of our artist’s versions of Hong Kong and deep-dives into their stories and journeys.

To build on this, we also launched RAW by Bamboo Scenes. In this series of short YouTube videos, our founder, Madelon, gives you behind-the-scenes, in-depth insights into our brand, our art, and our artists. Stay tuned…you’ll want to keep an eye on our Instagram every Friday to see what she has to say next!

The 2021 Festive Season

We love the holidays, so we decided this December, it was time to go big or go home…and we weren’t ready to put our out-of-office messages on just yet!

Bamboo Scenes 'Highlights of Hong Kong' Exhibition Launch, Indigo Living

We partnered with Indigo Living at Landmark Prince’s Building to create “Highlights of Hong Kong,” a fully immersive experience where visitors can get up close and personal with two of our artists. Using works by Elaine Li and Kevin Mak, we’ve created a 360-degree storytelling experience that spans the visual, spatial, and aural. Visitors will be able to enjoy an in-situ experience that goes behind the scenes of Elaine and Kevin’s artwork. And, best of all, Elaine will be on hand—after two years in Australia—to chat with visitors and film a special interview for our RAW series!

Bamboo Scenes ‘Highlights of Hong Kong’ - Artists Elaine Li & Kevin Mak
Bamboo Scenes ‘Highlights of Hong Kong’ - Artists Elaine Li & Kevin Mak
 

And we were at the Stanley Christmas Market on 18 & 19 December and then at The Murray Christmas Market on 22 December. It really was a fun way to get us into the festive mood and also a great way to engage with all the market visitors. Thank you for everyone who visited us!

Giving Back

We’re all about supporting our local communities—artistic or otherwise! That’s why this year, we’ve spearheaded or been part of many different charity initiatives. It’s our way of giving back to the people and city that have given us so much.

In September, we donated a photography art print of Kelvin Yuen’s “Heading To” to be auctioned off at the 8th Bid for Love Auction at the JW Marriott. To our delight, the artwork raised HK$100,000 contributing to a total of RMB2.7 million that was raised at the auction. The funds were donated to KFoundation by Kailon and is being used to support children in rural China through the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation.

8th Bid for Love Auction (November 2021), JW Marriott, Hong Kong
Bamboo Scenes at the 8th Bid for Love Auction (Nov 2021) - 'Heading to' by Kelvin Yuen
 

Next, in November, we donated “Headlight” by Elaine Li to the 30th Anniversary Business Awards Gala 2021. During the event, an auction raised funds for the Against Child Abuse charity, and we are thrilled to have been able to support this important cause. We also supported another charity auction, this time at the Canadian Chamber Annual Gala 2021. We donated one of Jeremy Cheung’s artworks, “Signs of an Era” for auction, the proceedings were donated to Make a Wish Foundation.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala Silent Auction (16 Dec 2021) - 'Signs Of An Era' by Jeremy Cheung
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala Silent Auction (Dec 2021) - 'Signs Of An Era' by Jeremy Cheung

Also in December, we have decided to donate 20% of all art sales proceeds during the launch week of our “Highlights of Hong Kong” exhibition. Between December 14 and 21, we will be supporting Impact HK, a local charity that supports the homeless in Hong Kong.

Not to toot our own horn, but we are so proud of what Bamboo Scenes has achieved this year and the community of passionate artists and art lovers we’re building in Hong Kong. We can’t wait for 2022 and sincerely hope you’ll join us for the ride. In the meantime, enjoy the holidays!

Want to learn more about Bamboo Scenes behind the scenes videos? Check out our recent journal

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