Art Home has cooperated with the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society for the first time. In conjunction with its annual "New Territories Fish Pond Festival", the "Fish Pond Yuanye Art Festival" is organized to make good use of the bonding characteristics of art through diversified artistic creation and art education The event led the audience and participants to appreciate the conservation value of Tai Sang Wai fish ponds from different angles and to personally experience the importance of sustainable living. This project hopes to use art as a medium for understanding the ecological value of fish ponds and reflecting on "sustainable development", and to take art away from traditional art spaces and into nature.

The "Fish Pond Yuanye Art Festival" will consist of two main parts:

(1) Yupond Yuanye Art Exhibition:

Six artists in residence: Zhang Zhiping, Li Huiyi, Ankie Au Yeung, Lau Lili, MUDwork, Shi Jiayin, will inspect and reside in Dashengwei before the art festival, focusing on the local ecological characteristics, natural environment and life experience in it. Create, and share the creative results with the audience in the art festival from January 20 to 21, 2018. In addition, we also invited different art units to participate in non-residential form: including the artist Ke Jiamin who has in-depth research on "ecology and biodiversity", and the art of Associate Degree in Design (Visual Communication) from the Hong Kong College of Technology Students, with their artistic creations, lead the audience to care for the sustainable ecology of Dashengwei.

 

(2) Yupond Yuanye Classroom:    

In addition to the appreciation of art works, the audience is also welcome to participate in the various workshops and guided tours of the "Fish Pond Yuanye Classroom", so that art can drive your body into the ecological chain of Dashengwei.

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"Fish Pond Yuanye Art Festival 2018" Document Exhibition

In order to let the public have a deeper understanding of the creation and philosophy of "Fish Pond Yuanye Art Festival 2018", we will bring the works and documentation to JCCAC from March to April 2018, whether you know Taishengwei or Yutang before or not. Ecology, bird watching, art home, as long as you are interested in sustainable development and art, you are welcome to watch and think slowly.

Duration: 2018.03.21 (Wed)-2018.04.01 (Sun)
Time: 12:00-19:00
Location: 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Jockey Club Creative Arts Center L2 Platform

How to get there: MTR Shek Kip Mei Station Exit C, walk for about 5 to 8 minutes

 

Fish Pond Literature
 

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About Tai Sang Wai

About 30 to 40 years ago, the Fairview Garden next to Tai Sang Wai was a fish pond area. Due to construction works, local residents were arranged to live in Tai Sang Wai next door. There are currently about 70 residences in Tai Sang Wai, and the elderly also account for the majority. Among them, only 3 to 4 households are engaged in fish farming.

 

The Tai Sang Wai Fish Pond is located in the Ramsar Convention Wetland, adjacent to the Mai Po Nature Reserve. The construction of this place is strictly regulated by the government. The government will often send inspections. If fish farmers need to build new sheds to store their utensils, It also needs to apply to the government and is subject to strict supervision by the government.

 

There are currently about 40 fish ponds in Tai Sang Wai with a water depth of about 2 to 6 meters. The famous fish pond in Deep Bay is Yuen Long Aconitum, which accounts for about 5% of the supply of Hong Kong’s freshwater fish market. As early as the 1940s, the fish farming industry in Hong Kong mostly operated in the form of kewai. By introducing seawater with shrimp fry and fry in the Deep Bay, the seafood was raised in the coastal kewei. However, due to the pollution of the Deep Bay water, fish farmers have switched to fish ponds. There are some containers or bamboo sheds around the fish ponds for storage of supplies. Many of them used to be like the common water sheds in Tai O. In the fish pond, we can see different fish farming equipment, such as aerators, feed machines, fish nets, wooden frames for placing food, etc.

 

Fish ponds regularly have a shoveling process to eliminate bacteria that accumulate in the water and soil. Generally, after harvesting in autumn and winter, the fish ponds will be drained and dried, and then bulldozers will be used to shovel the ponds. Migratory birds will take the opportunity to forage during this time. With the change of seasons, birds often come to forage in Taishengwei. Chi-heron and Great Egret are common birds in Taishengwei.

 

In order to improve the economic benefits of fish ponds, fish people also use the fertile pond mud to grow fruit trees, such as big pineapple, yellow bark, mulberry, etc. The tea fruit wrapped in mulberry leaves is a specialty snack for the villagers in Da Shengwei.

About "Hong Kong Fish Pond Ecological Conservation Project"

Beginning in 2012, the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society has received funding from the Environment and Conservation Fund to launch a pilot project of nature conservation management agreement in fish ponds in the northwestern New Territories. Through cooperation with local fish farmers, habitat management work has been carried out on fish ponds of more than 600 hectares to improve And improve the ecological value of fish ponds, maintain the attraction to wild animals, especially attract waterbirds to inhabit and forage. In addition, fish ponds are also breeding or habitats for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and insects (such as dragonflies, fireflies, etc.). This ecologically beneficial operation of fish ponds is of great ecological value. The purpose of the management agreement is to achieve an ecological balance in all aspects, including humans, birds, and other living things, and each meets its needs. In 2017, the plan was extended for two years, with enhanced content including ecological surveys and education and publicity, and organizing different types to increase public participation and awareness of fish ponds and wetland conservation.

Hong Kong Fish Pond Ecological Conservation Project website: https://hkbwsfishpond.wordpress.com/

The Fish Pond Yuanye Art Festival is an activity of the "Hong Kong Fish Pond Ecological Conservation Project".

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Tai Sang Wai Village