AVA established the Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts in 2013. Operated at the Kai Tak Campus (the historical Royal Air Force Officers’ Mess), the Centre conducts academic researches and community projects for the development of visual arts in and around Hong Kong. It comprises three branches: Research Hub, the VArtCommunity (VAC) and the Young Artist Agency (YAA).

The Research Hub is set up for organising the Artist-in-Residence programme, academic symposia and international conferences with the purpose of encouraging cross-cultural and interdisciplinary researches and/or practices in visual arts. It is also regarded as academic support for researches primarily conducted by teaching staff and postgraduate students.

The VAC is composed of various community projects. In collaboration with the NGOs or charity organizations, it aims at initiating the interaction between artists and the general public through the process of art making, and to arouse people’s interest and potential in visual arts. Besides, the provision of the heritage building as the venue of the projects is a way to heighten people’s awareness on the conservation of historical sites.

Among various community projects, the ‘Through Our Eyes’ Programme (TOE) is the heart of VAC. Funded by Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, this art education programme particularly focuses on lens-based media. It offers a variety of short courses for teenagers to observe and explore our community through lens-based media, and through these to reflect their views on social issues with diverse photo images. Through the learning process, the programme aims to enhance the intimate bonding between the participants and their communities.

The YAA is the first-of-its-kind programme in Hong Kong with a mission to nurture young visual artists to take their first step toward professionalism and link them up to the entrepreneurs as well as the creative industries. Apart from training programmes, it also provides a platform for artists to increase their exposure in the art and cultural or commercial sectors so as to meet the social demand for visual art professionals. We welcome all AVA students and graduates to join YAA membership and benefit from its many innovative programmes and activities.
視覺藝術院於2013年成立視覺藝術研究與發展中心,九月後中心將於啓德校園運作。中心由「藝研中心」、「視藝社區起動」及「藝苗計劃」三個部份組成,藉舉辦不同類型的學術研究及社區活動,推動本地以及鄰近地區的視覺藝術發展。

「藝研中心」主要是透過舉辦藝術家駐場計劃、學術講座和國際研討會等活動來進行不同種類跨文化及跨學科的研究與活動,亦為教師及研究生的研究項目提供學術支援。

「視藝社區起動」包括多項社區藝術活動,藉著與非政府組及慈善機構合作,提昇藝術家和普羅大眾的互動關係,並且在藝術創作的過程中引發對文化藝術的興趣與潛能。同時,藉著開放歷史建築,讓大眾能置身其中,加強本土的文化保育意識。

「視藝社區起動」的核心是由何鴻毅家族基金贊助的「憧憬世界」攝影教育計劃,藉著不同的短期課程,鼓勵青少年透過鏡頭去觀察和探索自身的社區,以影像來表達其對自我身分、家庭及社會等不同課題的看法。參與者在學習不同藝術手法的同時,亦加強與社區的緊密聯繫。

「藝苗計劃」是本地首個以培育年輕藝術家為本的項目,為新晉的藝術人才提供多種培訓,加強與創意產業的聯繫,輔助年輕藝術家步向專業之路。透過不同的渠道,讓藝術及商業機構接觸這些藝術家的創意才能,以滿足社會對藝術人才的需要。我們歡迎所有視覺藝術院同學及畢業生加入成為「藝苗計劃」會員,一同參與各種創新活動。