Wednesday, November 11, 2015

[Upcoming Seminar] The Role and Works of Community Artists in Hong Kong: A Global Perspective

The Role and Works of Community Artists in Hong Kong: A Global Perspective

Speaker: Samson Wong (PhD Candidate, Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University)
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm, 13 Nov 2015 (Friday)  
Venue: Room 401, Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


Participation plays a central role in ‘community arts’. Research into ‘community arts’ has developed over the past decade towards the expansive view of arts and cultural development, but neglected the interpersonal nature of this work and muddles artistic social engagement with other cultural activities. In this talk, Samson Wong will present the practices and views of three renowned artists specialized in facilitating participation in art making. It is proposed as a revision of basic concepts in the context of community arts, including the nature of art, community, the place of art in community and the role of the artist in community art.

Samson’s research in art in communities focuses on the community arts. He studied Arts Management and Music History & Culture at the University of Toronto. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was active as a freelancer and as a coordinator in local organization Art for All. In addition to being a saxophonist, guitarist and choir bassist throughout high school and university, his exposure in community theatre, stage and exhibition production enables him to bring together artists of different media in collaborative community art programs.



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