Urban Guru Talk Series-Redefining Creativity in the City

How is running a bee farm inside an industrial site possible in Hong Kong? A plumber or even a monk is considered to be a creative profession? How does creativity play a role in their careers?

VArt Community of kaitak, Research and Development Centre, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, aims at initiating interactions between creative parties and the general public, will be coordinating the “Urban Guru” Talk Series starting April this year. Not only artists or designers are determined to be innovative, every one of us can be adventurous and well-invented. Through the sharing of various urban creators on their ongoing projects, we are hoping to engage with the general public from different areas, to ignite their imaginations towards the possibilities of community life.

Be inspired and be inspirational. It is about time to turn our fantasies into practical ideas, break through the restrictions of the hustling city lives, and create the world of our own.

Plumbing Master will be our first guest speaker of the talk series. Having spent more than half his life in the plumbing professions, the Plumbing Master will be interviewed by our Associate Professor Ms. Leung Mei Ping of Academy of Visual Arts, sharing his visions on adapting and applying the folk wisdoms in different area.

Urban Guru Talk Series 1 – The Plumbing Master
If you pay enough attention, you will find the advertisement of the renowned local Plumbing Master in hand written graffiti style in every corner of the city.
As the advertisement comes in different size and shape in enormous quantity, it has become one important visual element that forms the urban cityscape. Without having this as the intention, how will the Plumbing Master respond to this phenomenon? Also, how does he apply his creative thoughts to his plumbing career?

Date: 29 April, 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Room 211, Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University, 55 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
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*The talk is open to public and will be conducted in Cantonese. Free admission.

Through this talk series, we aim to explore creativity within our community outside of the art and design industry. We hope to bring forward different cases to the public and work as a nurturing platform for the growth of sustainable socially-engaged aesthetic.
Other upcoming talks are as follow:

Urban Guru Talk Series 2 – Michael Leung (Founder of Hong Kong Honey)
Michael Leung is the Founder and Creative Director of Hong Kong Honey. He has been running a sustainable honey business with bee farms being set up inside an industrial site in Hong Kong after he established Hong Kong Honey in 2010.

Michael brings in new ideas towards certain opposing values. He cooperates with traditional bee farmers in the New Territories area and modernized the business with ecology-friendly concerns. Michael also focuses a lot in bringing creativity into community development by collaborating with different creators, schools and NGOs.

For Media Enquiries, please contact:
Ms. Stella Tsoi— Project Officer, kaitak – Centre for Research and Development of Visual Arts
Tel: 3411 8219 | Email:stellatsoi@hkbu.edu.hk

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About kaitak, Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts
kaitak, Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts was established by the Academy of Visual Arts in 2013 to enhance the visual arts development in Hong Kong and neighbouring regions. Housed in a Grade I historic building (the former Royal Air Force Officers’ Mess), it promotes visual arts research, creative arts education and community engagement through a vibrant programme of artist-in-residence, exhibitions, workshops, talks and publications. http://ava.hkbu.edu.hk/

About VArtCommunity
VArtCommunity is the umbrella of various community projects. In collaboration with NGOs or charity organisations, it aims at initiating the interaction between artists and the general public through the process of art making, and arousing people’s interest and potential in Visual Arts.

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