The UK is recognised across the globe as a leader in skills, expertise and policy within the arts and creative industries. In collaboration with a list of selected leading arts and cultural organisations and institutions in the UK, the British Council has initiated a Cultural Skills programme designed specifically for Hong Kong arts organisations and professionals to develop skills and leadership, build networks and create opportunities.
Activities will be delivered in the UK in partnership with leading UK arts institutions and will be composed of a mix of practice-based visits, workshops, seminars, master-classes and open forums for creative exchange.
The programme will take place over the course of one week between 25 February and 4 March 2023. The programme will be led by a British Council member of staff from Hong Kong.
Programme and theme
Through the British Council’s contact network and knowledge of the UK performing arts sector, participants will gain access to specially tailored sessions with leading UK arts contacts and organisations; these will be designed specifically to address subjects directly relevant to the work of the delegates in Hong Kong.
The programme will provide an interactive environment for sharing practice, exploring common challenges and opportunities, and building strategic networks and connections through visits and meetings, from which future cultural relations and collaborations between the UK and Hong Kong will be strengthened.
This February 2023 programme for Hong Kong arts professionals will be themed around arts and technology; there will be a core focus around the performing arts but the multi-disciplinary nature of this area means that the programme will also be suitable for visual arts professionals. This theme has been chosen in recognition of a desire in Hong Kong to enhance accessibility to the arts for a wider range of audiences and artists through the use of technology.
Within this overarching theme, the following areas of interest have also been identified:
- Use of technology in the context of the arts
- How is technology being used in the UK to enhance arts programmes and enable new audiences to engages with the arts?
- Collaborating with non-arts partners to develop innovative new programmes
- How have UK practitioners worked with non-arts experts and professionals to develop arts programmes? For example, what experience have they gained from working with technology professionals to ensure that their producing and programming is innovative while also ensuring that technology adds real value to the work?
- How can new and existing cultural venues be managed and equipped to host arts programmes that involve new and continually-developing forms of technology?
- What is the role of physical venues in relation to the wide possibilities of online and hybrid presentations?