Hong Kong

Art Basel in Hong Kong with disadvantaged children

May 2013 │ Hong Kong

On May 25, Deutsche Bank volunteers spent an inspiring morning with students at Art Basel in Hong Kong, supporting our engagement with arts and society and also enjoying a new perspective on some of the amazing artworks on display. This Art4Kids event is an art education programme for local schoolchildren supported by Deutsche Bank, in partnership with Chun Tok School (formerly named as the Hong Kong School of Deaf). The Bank invited 30 students from the school to participate in artistic activities and respond creatively to artworks, recognising the validity of their reactions and developing understanding of key concepts – in this case, composition, medium and colour. The internationally-acclaimed Art Basel exhibition provided a fantastic platform for this.

The focus was on having fun and allowing the children to express themselves creatively, emphasising that there’s no ‘wrong’ reaction to art – a lesson perhaps of equal value to the volunteers. The students participated in various creative activities and produced their own artwork, such as recording their response to different sounds while wearing blindfolds and drawing in novel ways. It was particularly inspiring to see their enthusiasm and lack of inhibition, irrespective of artistic ability. The students also undertook a themed treasure hunt around Art Basel, solving cryptic clues to find selected works which emphasised the concepts they had learned. Exploring the exhibition in this way and focusing on specific works provided a good opportunity for the students and volunteers to see a wide range of what was on display and discuss their responses to particular works.

 


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