Exhibition Venue: Co-working Space, 3/F Li Promenade

Duration: 18 – 22 February 2019 (Mon – Fri)

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 23:00

This is the first collaboration between the course Public Art and the Centre for Innovative Service-Learning (CISL), in which AVA partnered with Yan Garden, an artistic and cultural hub in Dongguan.

With a mission to promote innovative ideas across traditional and historical boundaries, students of the class integrated a special message into each of the five creative maquettes that they built. These included outdoor sculptures and murals to show the traditional Chinese handcraft, the life of migrant workers, and the transformation of Dongguan into an industrial city. Students’ creative ideas came from a three-day visit to Yan Garden during which they visited a world-class toy factory founded by a Hong Kong entrepreneur, an intangible cultural heritage, and saw the making of traditional handcraft. They also visited and showed their care to the elderly residents living in an ancient village. These visits provided the students with an overview of the geographical, political and social contexts of Dongguan.

With the support of CISL, students were able to go beyond the traditional classroom setting and obtain an eye-opening experience by utilizing creativity to its fullest. The collaboration is an eyewitness of the relevance between art and the world at large, showcasing the enormous potential of service-learning: learning is no longer only about theoretical training, but the awareness of social and cultural issues, humanitarian concerns, and whole-person development.

Here are the moments captured from this inspiring course: https://youtu.be/P5D6jrUctrE

這是AVA首次與創新服務學習中心合作,讓公共藝術課程的學生能到訪合作機構 ── 位於東莞的文化創意場所「燕嶺園 」,為園區內的公共空間創作公共藝術,供當地民眾欣賞。

學生實地研究園區公共空間的物理和文化元素,了解當地社區特有的生活空間。他們還參觀了東莞的玩具廠房認識玩具生產過程、到訪村落的祠堂與居民交流,更參觀了傳統造鼓工藝,以及東莞非物質文化遺產展覽館。無論於回港展開創作還是最終成果展示的階段,對所有學生來說都是⼀個極為難得的經驗。項目結合課程,同時又跳出課堂的地理限制。創作過程和課程的成果正正體現了如何通過藝術創作拓闊視野,提升人文關懷,讓同學體會到學習不限於知識的傳遞,更包含人格質素的培訓。

課程花絮: https://youtu.be/P5D6jrUctrE