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Six Local Arts Administrators Awarded Training Opportunities at Different Overseas Arts & Cultural Organisations

To foster the professional growth of local arts administrators and to facilitate the long-term development of arts and culture in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) joins hands with different world acclaimed arts and cultural organisations to launch internship and training programmes. Recently, the HKADC has collaborated with the Sage Gateshead (the UK), the Mori Art Museum (Japan), the Clore Leadership Programme (the UK) and the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival (Austria) to launch “Sage Gateshead Internships 2015”, “Mori Art Museum Internship 2015”, “Hong Kong Scholarship on the Clore Leadership Programme 2015/16” and the “ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival Internships 2015” respectively. Six outstanding local arts administrators have been awarded for overseas training.

(1)   Sage Gateshead Internships 2015
It is awarded to Ms Sheeta Ng and Ms Desiree Ho. The awardees started 12-week internships in the UK in March and May 2015 respectively.

Ms Sheeta Ng is the Assistant Manager of Hong Kong Arts Centre. She participated in planning and coordination of arts education and audience building programmes including “Jockey Club Street Music Series”, “Arts Xperience: [email protected] & Open Dance”, “Hong Kong Deaf Drama Festival” and “International Animation Festival 2013”. She worked as the Sales and Marketing Manager in a record company for years and was experienced in event management, marketing and sales. Ms Ng has also actively participated in music education. Having worked as a primary school music teacher, she now serves as a part-time Assistant Choir Teacher in Hong Kong Treble Choir.

Ms Desiree Ho is a performing arts production manager and choreographer. She has worked on projects like “Clockenflap 2014”, “Standard Chartered’s Arts in the Park Mardi Gras 2014” and “Swire Properties’ Elephant Parade®”. Before joining the Sage Gateshead Internships in the UK, she has worked with The Spoilt Experiences Group to develop a series of performing arts activities in Hong Kong.

(2)   Mori Art Museum Internship 2015
It is awarded to Mr Aidan Li who has undertaken a 24-week placement in Mori Art Museum since March 2015. He assists in curatorial research and planning of large-scale projects for the museum.

Mr Aidan Li is currently the Creative Director and Curator of Sheen Choice Limited. He has been curating extensive arts and commercial exhibitions including “Gaudi Architecture Exhibition”, “Clockenflap Art Village” and “deTour 2012”. As a devoted arts administrator for years, Mr Li has established his own gallery in Sydney and was a Director of the gallery for 8 years, when he was dedicated to offering exchange platforms and exhibition space for the local emerging artists.

(3)   Hong Kong Scholarship on the Clore Leadership Programme
It is awarded to Mr Alex Tam. He will take part in two customised intensive leadership training workshops in September 2015 and June 2016 to cater for his individual needs. He will also undertake a secondment for a period of about 4 to 8 weeks in a cultural institution during his stay, where he will have the opportunities to meet a wide range of world renowned cultural leaders and participate in a range of training opportunities in the UK.

Mr Alex Tam is the Centre Executive of kaitak, Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. He drives the Centre to enhance the visual arts development in Hong Kong and neighbouring regions through holding various academic and community initiatives. Mr Tam has been dedicated to promoting arts and cultural exchanges work such as the Venice Biennale and the International Arts Leadership Roundtable when he was working at the HKADC. He was equipped with rich arts administration experience.

(4)   ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival Internships 2015
It is awarded to Ms Carrol Ho and Ms Xanthe Lau. They have both started 12-week internships in the areas of the coordination of the Dance Festival and educational & creativity workshops from June to August 2015.

Ms Carrol Ho is a freelancer, mainly working in areas of producing, event/ project coordination in dance. Her recent work includes producing a film - “A Dance Movie: In Search of Grand View Garden”, which was commissioned by the City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) and project coordination of Guangdong Dance Festival. Besides, she has been actively teaching adult Chinese dance technique at Jean M. Wong School of Ballet.

Ms Xanthe Lau was the Project Coordinator (Programming & Marketing) of the CCDC, focusing on areas of ticketing and marketing. Prior to working at the CCDC, she was the Production Officer of the Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education Ltd., responsible for productions and events under the Venue Partnership Scheme at Tsuen Wan Town Hall and international exchanges activities. She also involved in different arts and cultural and festival activities in various arts and cultural organisations.

With the funding support from the Home Affairs Bureau, the aforementioned programmes aim to strengthen the training of local arts administrators, to nurture more arts and cultural leaders and respond to the demand in the society.

Brief information about partnering organisations

About Sage Gateshead
Sage Gateshead is a renowned centre for music education, performance and conference located in Gateshead in the North East of England. The venue aims to entertain, involve and inspire each and every person through engagement with outstanding music and creative events. The venue holds a huge variety of performances and events with a focus in classical music. More information on Sage Gateshead is available at the website: www.sagegateshead.com.

About Mori Art Museum
The Mori Art Museum is a contemporary art museum located on the 53rd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Tokyo, Japan. Since its opening in 2003, it has strived to be a place for enjoyment, stimulation and discussion where important cultural and social issues are openly debated, not only through exhibitions but also through a wide range of public programmes including talks, tours and courses that can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages, from children to senior citizen, and backgrounds, from students to professionals. More information of Mori Art Museum is available at the website: www.mori.art.museum.

About the Clore Leadership Programme
The Clore Leadership Programme recruits some 20 plus Fellows from the UK and other parts of the world each year. The Programme selects potential leaders within the field of arts and culture, and provides them with a one year programme of leadership development. The Programme has proved to be highly successful, both in attracting a wide range of outstanding participants, and in helping to transform their skills, experience, confidence and leadership abilities. Additional information on the Programme can be found at www.cloreleadership.org.

About ImPulsTanz –Vienna International Dance Festival (ImPulsTanz)
Founded in 1984, the ImPulsTanz has developed into one of the biggest festivals of contemporary dance worldwide. Each summer, for five weeks, thousands of dancers, choreographers and artists from all over the world exchange and work together in Vienna. More information about the ImPulsTanz is available at www.impulstanz.com/en.