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Two Local Arts Administrators Awarded Training Opportunities at 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) collaborates with different world acclaimed arts and cultural organisations to launch internship programmes. The programmes provide overseas internship and exchange opportunities to promising local arts administrators to develop their professional skills and network. Recently, HKADC has collaborated with Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (KdMoFA), Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan) and the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival (Austria) to launch “Taipei National University of the Arts – Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts Internship Scheme” and “ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival Internship 2016” respectively. Two local arts administrators have been awarded.

(1)   Taipei National University of the Arts – Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts Internship Scheme

It is awarded to Ms Joe Chan who is going to have the 24-week internship at the 2016 Kuandu Biennale of the KdMoFA from June to November 2016 in full-time basis to enrich her knowledge and experience.

Ms Chan was the Project Officer of Art in Hospital. Apart from general administration work, she coordinated the 11th International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference and Reach for the HeART 2015 during her employment at the Art in Hospital. She also worked at the Community Art Network and the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University.

(2)   ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival Internship 2016

It is awarded to Ms Stella Tsui. The awardee is going to have the 12-week internship from late-May to August in Austria. She will mainly participate in the administration and coordination of the ATLAS - Mapping Future Talents, a programme allowing young dance makers to deal with contemporary dance intensively, during the Festival period.

Ms Tsui is a freelancer who works as a curator, director / choreographer, performer and translator. She is currently one of the curators of the independent film club “Sea My Movie”. Her recent positions include the producer of DanceArt Hong Kong Limited's Dialogue of Space Series - did NOT kill a single man and the co-curator of the art festival Guest Host Ghost and co-creator and performer of Lighthouse. She was also the Programme Coordinator, Translator and Artist Coordinator of Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Project Coordinator of Concrete Wall Creation Limited, the Project Assistant of Hong Kong Baptist University and the Programme & Exhibition Assistant at Art with the Disabled Association Hong Kong.

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.

About Taipei National University of the Arts and Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) was founded in 1982, previously named as the National Institute of the Arts (NIA). It focused on music, fine arts, drama and dance developments. After the launch of Performing Centre, Experimental Theatre and the Dance Theatre in 1991, TNUA started to plan different performing arts activities. In 2001, with the establishments of five Colleges: the College of Music, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Theatre Arts, the College of Dance, and the College of Culture Resources, NIA was renamed as TNUA. The Concert Hall and Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts were opened in 2005. TNUA, which is the only university equipped three performing halls and one museum, is an ideal training ground for arts talents through a pedagogy that places equal emphases on the academic and practical sides. For latest information about the TNUA, please visit www.tnua.edu.tw.

Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (KdMoFA) is the first art museum specialised by an art university in Taiwan. It provides unique exhibition space and interpretation for cross-disciplinary arts. The museum consists of six storeys, including nine display rooms and two outdoor squares, stretching for 2,400 square meters in total, both internal and outdoor.

Kuandu Biennale has been organised by KdMoFA since 2008. The first Kuandu Biennale - “I HAVE A DREAM”, was widely acclaimed. 2010 Kuandu Biennale - “Memories and Beyond” was reported by ARTinculture, a Korean contemporary arts magazine and listed as one of the most important biennales in Asian region. The theme and topic of the Biennale is finalised by the Biennale’s committee after its recommendation and discussion. The Biennale invites different artists and curators in Asia to participate. For more information about the KdMoFA and its Biennale, please visit: www.kdmofa.tnua.edu.tw.

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.