Art! WeCan Initiative Exhibition Showcases HK Student’s Artistic Creativity
by: The Beat Asia
June 30, 2023
From now until July 5, Plaza Hollywood in Diamond Hill hosts a free exhibition by Art! WeCan in collaboration with the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (HKYAF).
The showcase includes 13 sets of student artwork resulting from the transformative Art! WeCan education initiative that aims to empower students by encouraging their creative prowess, strengthening their self-confidence, and facilitating self-discovery through artistic expression.
The array of creative outlets includes decorated lamps, embroidered designs, graffiti, glass-coloured portraits, self-portraits on t-shirts, and puppets. All were designed and created by students in the programme.
The Art! WeCan programme ran from March to June of 2023. Local artists and 200 students from 13 local secondary schools immersed themselves in a series of artist-in-residence workshops. The workshops explored a diverse range of creative formats, each providing unique artistic experiences for the students.
Stephen Ng, Committee Chairman of Project WeCan Foundation, expressed his delight with the outcomes, sharing his hope that "this programme would inspire our youth to discover their true selves, help boost their self-confidence, derive their value from their own art creation, and add colours to their lives."
The art pieces include pieces such as 'Our Communities' (left) by artist Mable Wun Chun-sze from Hong Kong Sea School, featuring a repurposed small boat as the foundation of the students’ installation filled with dioramas of their ideal community.
Another is 'A Special Gift To Myself' (right), led by Karen Pow Cheuk-mei from CCC Yenching College, where students created photographic images enhanced with pieces of hand-embroidered tulle, encapsulating their dreams for the future. These are just a couple of examples illustrating the profound effect of the Art! WeCan initiative to foster creativity among Hong Kong’s young students.
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