Talk and Teaching Community programme by Asia Art Archive’s 2015 Educator-in-Residence Ricky Yeung Sau Churk.
From contentious debates on, and actions against, the redevelopment of heritage sites like Lee Tung Street (‘Wedding Card Street’) and Blue House, to protests around preserving the Edinburgh Star Ferry Terminal and the Queen’s Pier, Hong Kong is ground to major disputes over the use of space. Artist and educator Ricky Yeung compels the public to consider: In the name of economic progress, has urban development and privatisation of Hong Kong’s public space transformed the city into a mega-mall? Are the collective memories, living traditions, and histories of its inhabitants being erased as the streets and spaces disappear? Is there a way to create a new and active civic awareness of urban space free from institutional systems?
Drawing on his research and community engagement during his residency with AAA in 2015, Yeung will share his findings and experiences in the talk. Examples he will present include Michihiro Shimabuku, Japanese artists who filled an empty plaza with a variety of props to provoke pedestrians to stop and contemplate their relationship to the city; and Museo de la Calle (‘Museum of the Street’), which created an alternative economy through the exchange of goods in an impoverished area in Bogota, Colombia.
Teachers from all disciplines are welcome (Liberal Studies, Visual Arts teachers, and cultural educators in particular). The talk is also open to students and the public.
AAA Teaching Community Programme | Workshop
7 May 2016 (Sat) | 2–4:30pm
A Space, Asia Art Archive, 10/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
To consider new pedagogical possibilities outside conventional classrooms and prompt participants to reimagine the meaning of space, Yeung will take participants out to the streets of Hong Kong to see how contextual learning can take place in, and make use of, public spaces. The Teaching Community will also work together to develop lesson plans.
The session will be led by Ricky Yeung and the following teachers:
Au Siu Wai (Buddhist Sin Tak College)
Janice Lee (The Methodist Lee Wai Lee College)
O Cheung (Part-time Teacher)
Wendy Tai (Li Po Chun United World College)
Florie Tse (Jockey Club Ti-I College)
Yuen Kit Sum (HKSKH Bishop Hall Secondary School)
24 Jun 2016 (Fri) | 5:30–7:30pm
CVA 204, Communication and Visual Arts Building, Hong Kong Baptist University, 5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong
Yeung will offer participants constructive feedback on teachers’ lesson plans. The sharing session is jointly organised with kaitak, Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts.
Visual Arts and Liberal Studies teachers (Participants must attend the talk and both teaching community sessions). To gather a diversified peer-support group, the programme seeks teachers who are passionate about culture and art, and interested in engaging in participatory discussions.
To request written proof of the programme for approval from your school, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 2844 1121. A certificate will also be given upon request pending full attendance of the talk and Teaching Community programmes.
Extended registration deadline
4 May 2016 (Wed)
Ricky Yeung Sau Churk is an artist and art educator who conducts community arts projects for diverse audiences to cultivate an appreciation for the city of Hong Kong. Yeung’s works have been shown at the City University of Hong Kong, Fringe Club, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong Museum of Arts, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Para Site, Sha Tin Town Hall, and the University of Hong Kong. He is the recipient of the 2007 Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence (Arts Education).
Community engagement is central to his practice, which includes his role as chair of Video Power (1999–2002), committee member of Curriculum Development (Visual Art) Education Bureau (2004–2013), chair of Center of Community Cultural Development (2010–present) and committee member of Society of Indigenous Learning (2013–present). Yeung has been an art education columnist with Sunday Mingpao since 2009.
Teaching Labs is an annual professional development series that builds a supportive learning community in partnership with Hong Kong schools and educators. AAA is committed to encouraging confidence in using contemporary art and culture in an educational setting. By exploring spaces, resources, and pedagogical modes outside ordinary classrooms, the Alternative Learning Platform series aims to widen teachers’ perspectives and experiences in education.