Happy Year of the Earth Dog!
In keeping with the new year holiday’s custom, we have undertaken a massive Spring cleaning. Residencies throw off some entertaining odds and ends, and you wouldn’t believe all of the unexpected artifacts we have unearthed in the dark recesses of our closets. Some we mailed back to you, some we photo-archived and packed away, and some we reduced to ash in a merry, cathartic ceremony on the terrace in a burn barrel custom made for the Duilian project two years ago. But before dispensing with any found objects, we reveled in the jolly memories they sparked.
We found all this because we are preparing our entire floor at Remex Centre for a take-over of the space. While Spring Workshop is on hiatus from its regular program of residencies and programs, our floor will be operated as a coworking space with a focus on the arts by the Hive, which has several locations across Asia. Within the Hive’s structure, Spring will offer workplace sponsorships to non-profits and artists/writers/creatives, and so this iteration of the Hive has been named the Hive Spring. The decision to support the community in this way was made in recognition of the unfortunate fact that the cost of renting space in Hong Kong is unmanageable, and critically restricts the efforts of many incredible people and organizations in the city who cannot meet the stratospheric financial requirements.
In other news, Spring’s founder Mimi Brown has been invited to London for a week’s residency at the Delfina Foundation. As part of Delfina’s “Collecting as Practice” initiative, Mimi and fellow collector-in-residence Haro Cumbusyan, founder of collectorspace (Istanbul), will be asked to reflect on their initiatives and to look ahead toward future possible moves during a conversation at Delfina on the evening of February 28 (all are welcome). Mimi is particularly interested in experiencing a residency from the other side of the fence.
Finally, this massive re-arranging of Spring has led us to create a complete archive of our years of programs, publications, photos, videos, and amusing objects, with the goal that anyone interested might have access; we will let you know when that is all in place. Until then, we’ll hope to glimpse you at Delfina or working in the creative community at the Hive Spring.