"Museum Commons" is a project that aims to explore the role of museums in the production of community and the creation of civic engagement for the sustainable development of a city. The project also aims to create a "Commons" within a museum-like space that is open to all kinds of community, especially underprivileged groups.
As part of the museum commons, engagement projects will serve as platforms where people from different communities can exchange ideas about art and culture, and take part in art and creative projects that can empower them to be active citizens. The projects strive to engage communities in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, and elsewhere through the impact of carefully staged exhibitions and through collaborations with community and industry partners including artists, curators, social groups (particularly ethnic minorities and migrant women), and cultural institutions. The commons will also connect digitally to a global community, through online learning platforms and common resources such as digital archives of art and collections.
knowledge transfer project led by Prof. Selina HoIn partnership with Hong Kong’s NGOs, this project will engage ethnic migrants in experiencing and dialoguing with Chinese art at the Hall. Through a series of engagement activities, the project will enhance intercultural dialogue and diversity of cultural expression and make exhibitions of Chinese art accessible to ethnic minority visitors in Hong Kong and beyond. The participants will co-design exhibition devices and co-create interpretation panels and materials to make exhibitions at YS Hall accessible to ethnic minorities in Hong Kong and visitors around the globe.
knowledge transfer project led by Prof. Li Yu-chieh
In partnership with artist Jing Yuan Huang and NGOs in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, this project explores collaborative and creative methods in socially engaged art. By conducting writing and drawing projects with female migrant workers, we will investigate art, not only as an outlet for self-expression and empowerment of women who struggle as migrant workers and mothers, but also as a means of maintaining mental health for non-art professionals in the post-pandemic era. An exhibition at YS Hall will present the outcome of the project.
At the "Commons", young people and art and museum communities can establish dialogues with museum professionals and art curators on their cutting-edge research and practice. Seminars cultivate cross-cultural exchange and knowledge transfer in museum studies, art history and related disciplines. Meanwhile, the "Commons" opens a gateway to the intellectual resources of curating in Asia and creates a synergy with the professional museum community.
Service-learning and Curriculum Development
We introduce the concepts and practices of museum commons in the curriculum of visual studies:
CLE9034 Cultural Heritage and Sustainability (Term 2, 2020-21) In collaboration with Caritas Pokfulam Community Development Project
CLB9016 Understanding Museums (Term 2, 2022-23) In collaboration with the Chamber of Young Snow Art Exhibition Hall
The project is presented by the Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University.