Through a team of academics and experienced Artist Educators, TOE took on various image-based research and curriculum development for the wider benefits of the arts, cultural and education sectors. We carried out art research projects of which the findings have been published, so that they can be shared with the general public and art teachers. We have also developed online teaching resources based on the curriculum and documentation of our workshops. It is hoped that through such efforts, a clear, rich and diversified pool of resources will be made available for school teachers in the future.
Mumble Zine is a photozine established in 2016 that aims to offer young photographers an opportunity to publish their work. Its editorial team is mainly formed of TOE Alumni members. It has already published two issues. The first issue was led by TOE Artist Educator Leung Yiu Hong, who was later joined by another Educator Li Hiuwa in the second issue. Apart from photography, participants also take charge of duties such as editorial, printing and publishing, so the zine ultimately serves as a source of creative motivation. It was expected to attract even more young visual artists to publish their work, giving readers a fuller picture of the recent development of Hong Kong photography.
Connections 2016/17 Through Our Eyes Photography Education Programme Advanced Course is a collection of photography work of the course tutor and participants. Led by the Artist Educator Thomas Lin, the workshop explored human relationships and the stories behind them from an arts and humanities perspective. Through the photo work of participating students, we tried to convey the emotional connection between people and address the social issues we have today. The workshop was divided into three parts, namely theories and techniques, case study and individual project. In the case study part, the tutor invited students to take part in his photography project and take family photos for terminally ill patients in hospital. The unique subject matter and experience not only helped students gain technical knowledge about group photography, but also let them experience how the photographer interacted with people during a shoot. During the last part of the workshop, each student chose a photo subject, carried out a group photo shoot using different techniques and told a story with their own photographs.
Ground was published by TOE school workshop participants from Pooi To Middle School. The workshop focused on discovering the neighbourhood of the school. Through aerial photography and collecting historical information, personal experience and hearsay, the students had a brand new understanding of their familiar community. In the end, a series of reinterpreted community stories were depicted in this newspaper publication project.
A Living Space: The Homes of Pak Sha O
What is essential for a place to be considered “home”? How can we create a living space of our own? The Chinese title of the book, literally meaning “a livable house”, is named after a house that artist Ki Wong stumbled across. Every time she passed by the house, it inspired her to ponder what life should have been. Later, she had the opportunity to explore a well-preserved Hakka village at Pak Sha O in Sai Kung, which was resided by a group of expats. Inside the traditional Hakka houses, the residents created a laid-back atmosphere with English decor. Not only did they breathe new life into the original Chinese settlement, but they also created a symbiotic relationship with the environment. This book is the first part of a three-part biennial art project “A Living Space”, the aim of which is to explore the intrinsic quality and possibility of life through observation, exploration and research. Its initiatives take various forms, such as works of art, publications, exhibitions, websites and public events – all linked by the same theme.
From the Factories
A compilation of TOE students’ work, From the Factories reveals the diverse landscape of the lives and communities in Kwun Tong industrial district. This photobook documents 24 studios and workshop spaces of artists, designers and cultural workers in the district. It also recounts the history and re-development of Kwun Tong.