Staff Research

Introduction to Socially Engaged Art in Hong Kong – Strategies for Social Impact


Doctor Mai Corlin, Impact Postdoctorate Fellow



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The Fine Arts Department presents a lecture by Doctor Mai Corlin, Impact Postdoctoral Fellow.

This lecture presents the strategies of social engagement created by art practitioners, strategies that might be useful models to develop new impact cases by members of the Arts Faculty.
These strategies are not mere art education, they represent in fact ways to create or rebuild communities by bringing people together in engaged and original ways.
Doctor Mai Corlin has spent years researching the domain of socially engaged art in Mainland China, particularly the Bishan Commune project created by artist and activist Ou Ning. Over the last year, she has been involved with a large group of practitioners and associations in Hong Kong and the region to observe and analyze their missions. The result of this research will be the theme of this first lecture, hopefully the first of further interactions with members of the Arts Faculty.

*The conference on socially engaged art in Hong Kong can be seen in the Talks section of this page.


Related Events/Activities Some of the outcomes of this research have already been presented in a lecture titled ‘A relational model to define present art practices in Hong Kong’ offered in the following institutions:

  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 7 August 2014.
  • Central Academy of Fine Art Museum, Beijing, China. 30 September 2014.
  • Helsinki University, Finland, 27 October 2014.
  • New York University, Shanghai, China. 24 November 2014.
  • Central Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 26 November 2014.

A manuscript has been submitted for publication.