1a space, founded in 1998, is an independent, non-profit making contemporary visual art organization and art venue founded by a collective of Hong Kong artworkers. It aims to promote the critical dissemination of contemporary visual arts practices and affiliated artforms through 1a space programme drawn from Hong Kong and international arena.
Throughout the years, 1a space has developed a reputation as one of the Hong Kong's leading contemporary visual art organizations. 1a space has produced and organized more than 100 exhibitions and activities, and has been active in international exchanges, cultural activities and festivals, as well as interactive community art, arts education, art criticism and publications. 1a space has played a vital role in developing new frontiers for the visual art scene in Hong Kong and abroad. One of its major achievements has been to establish contemporary visual art within a wide viewing public, making it more popular and accessible.
1a space has organized quality and forward-looking programs that feature a wide spectrum of contemporary visual arts. Through the operation of the gallery and the organization of projects, 1a space means to create an ideal environment for artists to exhibit with open access and freedom of creation. At the same time, it seeks to elevate the standard of art curatorialship, enhance the professional development and standing of artworkers, and to nurture local art audiences by facilitating the understanding of contemporary art practices and make accessible to a wider public. It is hoped that critical thought can be nurtured and will lead to enrichment and reconsideration of art media.
1a space also runs an artist-in-residence program. On the invitation of 1a space, artists create and exhibit, as well as host talks, workshops and exchange with Hong Kong art community and the public.