Celebrating the Inclusive Power of Arts

In partnership with Our Hong Kong Foundation, the British Council is proud to co-organise the launch of ‘Celebrating the Inclusive power of arts’, a research paper exploring arts and inclusion on 28 March 2018 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The paper will feature Hong Kong’s first policy recommendations on arts and inclusion, and calls attention to the ‘inclusive’ functional agency of the arts.  It draws attention to the preventative function of arts as a policy tool, which plays an equally important role as its existing ‘remedial’ function.

The British Council is delighted to bring Gavin Clayton, Executive Director of Arts & Minds, Cambridgeshire and Richard Ings, Senior Manager, Special Projects of Arts Council England , to join the panel discussion with local speakers to share their expertise and practical knowledge  on how the arts can be a multi-manifesting tool that fosters inclusion among our community.

Date: Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Time: 2:30pm to 4:30pm 
(a pre-event exhibition of art pieces from Prof. Charles Kao, Mr. Bernard Chan and supporting organisations will be held from 1:30pm to 2:30pm)
Venue: Theatre 1, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Conducted in English*
Free admission. Register here

* Simultaneous interpretation to Cantonese, and sign language is available

Mr. Bernard Chan, Chairperson, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service 
Mrs. Gwen Kao, Chairman, Charles K Kao Foundation for Alzheimer's Disease 

Mr. Alvin Cheung, Senior Researcher, Our Hong Kong Foundation 

Mr. Bernard Chan, Chairperson, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service 
Mr. Leong Cheung, Executive Director, Charities and Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Mr. Gavin Clayton, Executive Director, Arts & Minds
Professor Rainbow Ho, Director, Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong 
Mr. Richard Ings, Senior Manager, Special Projects, Arts Council England
Professor Lena Lee, Arts Specialist, Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong 

About UK panelists

About Gavin Clayton

Gavin Clayton has been Executive Director of the arts and mental health charity ‘Arts & Minds’ in Cambridge, UK since 2009 from where he has contributed to the research and development agenda around arts based social prescribing nationally and internationally. This includes a range of articles and book chapters and presenting for the inaugural webinar of the Royal Society for Public Health's Special Interest Group for arts, health and wellbeing. He sits on the UK’s International Culture Health and Wellbeing conference organising committee and was a founding Director of the National Alliance for the Arts, Health and Wellbeing (soon to merge with the Museums Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing becoming the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance) He also initiated moves to establish an All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing with Lord Howarth at the UK Parliament. He enjoys advocating at the highest levels to achieve real change and concrete action. 

Gavin has been an adjunct faculty member at University of Florida School of Arts, teaching on their Arts in Medicine MA and has worked previously for charities in arts and disabilities, arts and criminal justice and hospital arts with all sharing a common aim of addressing health inequalities, social inclusion and access to cultural opportunity.

Gavin is a Clore Fellow.

About Richard Ings

Richard Ings has been a funder, writer, researcher and consultant in the arts for over thirty years.  He now works at Arts Council England, where he has full-time responsibility for scoping cultural work in the health and criminal justice sectors over the next six months. As an independent consultant, he has worked for charitable trusts and foundations and a wide range of arts organisations, evaluating the social and educational impact of projects where artists work with disadvantaged groups. He has edited national magazines on youth arts and community dance and published a range of reports on arts and social engagement.

About Our Hong Kong Foundation

Our Hong Kong Foundation (OHKF) is devoted to gathering knowledge, wisdom and the pinnacle of professional expertise, capitalising on the city’s competitive edge in talent, business opportunities generated by the Mainland’s economic prosperity to cultivate the long-term interests of Hong Kong. Established in November 2014, OHKF has gathered ideas from different sectors to drive positive progression in three major areas: public policy research and advocacy, enhancing the understanding of the Mainland by the people of Hong Kong and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

OHKF’s public policy research produces tangible recommendations that amplify Hong Kong’s future development and social stability. Up until the end of June 2017, we have published 10 reports that positively impact Hong Kong’s quality of life including research on land supply and housing, economic development, science and technology, social innovation, arts and culture, aging society and economic ties between Hong Kong and the Mainland.

Taking full advantage of elite resources and expertise, OHKF has organised top-level forums and serialised events such as the “China Today Forum” and the “China Master Series,” providing the people of Hong Kong with a clearer understanding of the country’s current state of affairs. In tune with global trends, OHKF has spared no efforts in advocating and promoting innovation and technology development in Hong Kong. Through organising events including the InnoTech Expo and the Mainland Expedition on Entrepreneurship and Technology (MEET), OHKF has inspired public enthusiasm for next-gen creativity to foster an atmosphere of innovative entrepreneurship that enables Hong Kong to maintain its global radiance.


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