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Intern – The Sovereign Art Foundation

2 Jul

The Sovereign Art Foundation or SAF is a charity that was founded in 2003 in Hong Kong (SAF is now also registered in the UK, Singapore, Guernsey and South Africa). SAF runs the annual Sovereign Asian Art Prize with the purpose of raising money to help disadvantaged children. Since its inception, SAF has raised over US$6 million for charities and artists worldwide, funding projects using art as education, rehabilitation and therapy. The Sovereign Asian Art Prize is now recognised as the most prestigious prize in its field and region. In 2016, SAF launched the inaugural MENA Art Prize, for the Middle East & North Africa region. In addition, SAF has launched a number of student art prizes worldwide.

SAF also runs the ‘Make It Better Project’ (MIB), an initiative that offers empowering learning activities reinforced by visual and expressive arts to children living in some of Hong Kong’s most neglected areas.

This is an opportunity to be involved with the day-to-day workings of The Sovereign Art Foundation; to gain valuable applied experience and develop your skills within a professional setting.

Responsibilities:
Please note that tasks vary depending on the SAF calendar. You may be asked to help fulfil a need on a specific project, or help with day-to-day tasks. Responsibilities may include:
– Assist the SAF team in administration of the various SAF Prizes, including research, follow up and correspondence relating to nomination, entry and judging and Prize-giving processes.
– Assist the SAF team in planning and carrying out various events including public art exhibitions, fundraising and publicity events, patron’s events, charity workshops and presence at art fairs.
– Provide support to social media and marketing efforts, including strategic planning, researching and generating relevant and engaging content; and to monitor and regularly post across multiple social media platforms. To respond to online comments and messages in a timely and appropriate fashion.
– Assist in copywriting, editing and proof-reading content for online and print materials (English and Chinese if applicable).
– Assist in PR activities and liaise with media contacts.
– Practise proper email and telephone etiquette and liaise with various parties and professionals on behalf of SAF, including but not limited to; artists, curators and other arts professionals, professionals working in institutions, education and academia, local and international schools, arts students, charity volunteers, charity patrons, partners and sponsors.
– Complete any other research, administrative and marketing or Prize-related tasks and errands as assigned.

Requirements:
– Ideally an undergraduate or recent graduate
– Must hold HKID or appropriate visa (Working Holiday Visa accepted)
– Personable and a good team player
– Web and social-media savvy
– A creative and resourceful thinker with the ability to take initiative
– A keen interest in any of the following: contemporary art, charity and fundraising, expressive arts therapy, social media.
– A good level of written and spoken English (Cantonese is a bonus); ability to thoroughly fact-check, use good grammar and spelling.

Opportunities and skills that may be developed:
– Planning and logistics relating to art exhibitions and events
– Opportunity to learn about the general artistic practices trending in Hong Kong, Asia and beyond; to interact with a variety of arts professionals
– Networking and interpersonal skills
– Written and verbal communication skills
– Copywriting and editing
– Media relations
-Social media management and planning
– Organisation and working to deadlines

Duration: 3 months

Hours: 9pm-6pm, Monday – Friday (may involve some evenings or weekends)

Based at : Suites 1601-1603, Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central

Remuneration : to be discussed

To apply: Please email art@sovereignartfoundation.com

About The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) : The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) was established in 2003 with a well-defined twin focus: to recognise the growing wealth of contemporary art talent in Asia, and bring the proven benefits of art therapy to underprivileged children. The beauty of the SAF model is that they are able to achieve both goals in an eminently sustainable way. The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, now recognised as the most prestigious prize in its field and region, raises funds by auctioning those artworks that reach the final stage of the competition. The proceeds are then shared equally between the artists and the Foundation, to be used for SAF charitable projects across Asia.

In this way, over the past 12 years, SAF has raised and distributed more than US$5 million to support a variety of art-based programmes for children throughout Asia.

To find out more about their charity programmes see their ‘Who We Help’ section of the website.

Volunteer for MicroForests

2 Jun

MicroForests is a social enterprise that provides meaningful training and dignified job opportunities to disadvantaged women such as single mothers, new arrivals, and/or women from low income families.

MicroForests was inspired by the Sogetsu School of Japanese Floral Art (Ikebana) founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara. They create living artwork that brings green, peace, happiness and balance to the busy lives of Hong Kong people. Each MicroForests artwork is a unique ecosystem made just for you!

MicroForests launched the “Life Transformation Program” pilot project in September 2014.

The “Life Transformation Program” program uses a cross-sector collaboration model and social capital accumulation theory. As such, the skills training opportunities and revenue generating components of the pilot program include:
* The sale of MicroForests artwork
* MicroForests design services
* Training workshops for beneficiaries
* Workshops open to the public
* Workshops designed for corporate and school engagement

The “Life Transformation Program” offers beneficiaries a well-structured training program with flexible working hours, so she can have the opportunity to earn extra income for her family and create work-life balance. Their program offers various placement and job opportunities to fit our trainee’s skills and career objectives, which include the opportunity to be:
* MicroForests designers
* DIY Workshop facilitators
* Couriers and logistics managers
* MicroForests ambassadors
* Part-time administrators
The aim of their intensive program is to empower their mother trainees to acquire the necessary knowledge and confidence to become qualified MicroForests Mother Designers and facilitators. The training program consists of three levels and take up a total of 48 hours including 8 placement hours and MicroForests study trip.

Poverty Alleviation
In Hong Kong, just around 42,000 housewives said they would re-join the workforce if they were given job opportunities that were suitable to their lifestyle. Issues such as illiteracy, lack of employable skills, and inflexible work environments are the biggest hindrances to disadvantaged mothers from gaining employment in Hong Kong.

MicroForests’s programs directly addresses the issues hindering women from re-entering the workforce by providing skills training and flexible employment. The objective of their programs is to encourage women in low-income families to gain meaningful skills and employment. Through the skills training workshop, they address the issue of poverty amongst women and children, especially single-mother families. As a result, they have seen an increase in confidence and self-reliance from the women who are in their program, which improves the well-being of their families.

What you can do to help
MicroForests is looking for volunteers who are eager to help with a variety of activities in theirs workshops with their mother designers. Tasks where help is needed include: babysitting, activities support, help with promotional materials and in joining their outreach programs. Your main task is to help develop the social support network for the mothers.
If you are interested, please follow this link and complete the form.

Or shop at their online store and buy one of their amazing MicroForests.

Kids4Kids Movie Premiere Fundraiser

13 May

Award-winning Taiwanese movie featuring indigenous Taiwanese children actors, Hang In There, Kids! 只要我長大, will be premiering in Hong Kong in June 2017. In partnership with Smark B TV, Kids4Kids will hold a premiere fundraiser on June 3 to raise funds for the upcoming round of My Story Creation Workshops and Competition.

Why?
* To raise funds for My Story Creation Workshops and Competitions 2017/18
* To align with Kids4Kids’ mission of using creativity to make a positive impact
* To offer an exclusive chance for YOU to premiere a meaningful movie!

Movie Synopsis
In a secluded indigenous tribe in Taiwan, 3 kids grew up in the mountains and the woods. They are all very optimistic, energetic, and playful; yet, they are also troubled by their own family issues. Their handicapped teacher opened an after school session to help them with their schoolwork. For the children, it’s like a ray of love shone on them. The teacher has a beautiful voice, but never sings. One day, the 3 kids find a tape of their teacher’s recording and are amazed by her voice. They decide to bring this tape to Taipei…. What changes will this trip bring to all of their lives?

Date: Saturday, 3 June 2017

Time: 3:30-5pm

Place: UA Cine Times, Level 13, Times Square, Causeway Bay

Price:
Movie Ticket | HK$350 each (+ $16.50 Eventbrite fee)
Raffle Ticket | HK$100 each (+ $10.25 Eventbrite fee)
To buy tickets please go to EventBrite

Support literacy development. Make an impact today!

About Kids4Kids: Kids4Kids is a non-profit organization founded in Hong Kong in 2008 and is aregistered charitable institution exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

kids4kidskids4kids3Their Mission: To empower children to take responsibility with opportunities to learn about giving back — from the products created to activities organized by kids of all ages to reach out and help, in our local community, for a better Hong Kong.

UNICEF 2017 Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition

2 Apr


Join China Children’s Week 2017 Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition

Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) will hold the China Children’s Week 2017 – Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition on 7 May 2017 (Sunday) at Central Lawn, Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon. The competition to be held one week before Mother’s Day will raise funds for UNICEF’s ‘Cash Transfers for Deprived Children‘ (CCT) Project in China, which will be dedicated to giving a good start in life for every child by improving the maternal and child health services in China.

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Although families from remote and deprived areas are now entitled to free hospital delivery and healthcare services, suspension of work and high travelling costs make them reluctant to access these services and lead to high maternal and neonatal mortality rates. Since 2013, UNICEF HK has allocated the funds raised in China Children’s Week to the CCT project launched by UNICEF in 15 counties in Yunnan, Gansu and Sichuan. Through the initiative, women from underprivileged families will receive cash subsidies, enabling their access to prenatal and postnatal checkups, hospital delivery and vaccinations for their babies. By 26 January 2017, a total of 16,806 women and children under 1 year old have been benefitted from this project.

By joining the Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition, children can celebrate an early Mother’s Day. While expressing their love to mothers in the drawings, these little artists can also raise funds for mothers and children in rural China, championing the spirit of ‘kids helping kids’. UNICEF sincerely invites all little artists aged 12 or below to participate in this meaningful fundraising event for CCT Project, ensuring a healthy good start for children.

Date: Sunday, 7 May 2017

Time: 12 – 6pm

Place: Central Lawn, Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon (Carnival will be set up in Sunset Lawn)

Price: $180 donation

To register please go to their website

© UNICEF HK/2016

This competition is open for children who are 12 or under.
There are 3 age groups
Group A: 6 years old or under (Born in 2011 or after)
Group B: 7-9 years old (Born between 2008 and 2010)
Group C: 10-12 years old (Born between 2005 and 2007)
Awards: 1st Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and 20 Consolation Prizes for each age group;
Most Popular Award (online voting);
Overall Champion;
All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
The 3 organization with most participants will receive a certificate.

7 April 2017 (Friday) Deadline for submission of printed application form
21 April 2017 (Friday) Deadline for online application
Late April 2017 Confirmation emails to all applications, this email will be used for registration on event day
7 May 2017 (Sunday) China Children’s Week 2017 – Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition
To be announced Official results and prize collection announcements on the website

About UNICEF: UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners, they work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

UNICEF is a leading humanitarian and development agency working globally for the rights of every child. Child rights begin with safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflict and traverse the life cycle: pre-natal care for healthy births, clean water and sanitation, health care and education.

UNICEF has spent nearly 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Working with and for children through adolescence and into adulthood requires a global presence whose goal is to produce results and monitor their effects. UNICEF also lobbies and partners with leaders, thinkers and policy makers to help all children realize their rights—especially the most disadvantaged.

Volunteer with New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

3 Mar

new-life-logoThe New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association was formed in 1959 by a group of people in recovery of mental illness under the name New Life Mutual Aid Club. The organization was formally registered with the authorities in 1961 and re-organized in 1965 under its current title. The Association was incorporated under the Companies Ordinance Act in 1968. It joined the World Federation for Mental Health in 1969, becoming a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service in the same year, and became a member of the Community Chest of Hong Kong in 1970.

New Life strives to promote mental wellness for people in recovery of mental illness and for their families and the general public with the ultimate goal of equal opportunities, social inclusion, acceptance and full participation for all in the community.

New Life is dedicated to pioneering and delivering people-focused, recovery-oriented, and evidence-based community mental health services with care and respect, innovation and continuous drive for excellence and professionalism.

Promoting Recovery and Body & Mind Wellness have always been the core values of our services. By means of a wide variety of community psychiatric rehabilitation services, New Life endeavours to help people in recovery of mental illness lead independent lives, make their employment choices in alignment with their own interests and abilities, obtain employment in the open labour market, participate in social and leisure activities in the community and, ultimately, attain a desirable quality of living so as to live out a life characterized by holistic good health and body-mind equilibrium.

Services include
new-life-4New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association offers Residential Services covering 2 long stay care homes, 11 halfway houses, 2 hostels for moderately mentally handicapped, 4 self-financed hostels and one sub vented supported hostel in addition to residential respite services and support services.

new-life-3New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association operates four sheltered workshops, including New Life Farm and three industrial type sheltered workshops. Sheltered workshops provide people in recovery of mental illness (PIR) and people with disabilities with a working environment specially designed for vocational training through an income-generating work process facilitating the development of potentials and confidence of PIR to prepare them for open employment and community reintegration.

For a complete list of New Life’s services, please visit their website

What you can do to help
People in recovery of mental illness are frequently faced with frustration, confusion, social-stigma as well as self-stigma while they are en route to recovery. Medication side-effects, difficulties in adapting to work, interpersonal relationship and family are just but a few burdens that are laid heavily on their shoulders. Volunteers are their dear supporters, rendering encouragement and loving care that they need in order to overcome the hurdles and regain a life with vitality and dignity.

Volunteers are also the driving force that helps change the general public’s attitude towards mental health issues. Due to either misconception or unawareness, or the combination of both, people in general are reluctant to face mental health problems head-on, often resulting in delayed intervention and stigma being developed towards people in recovery of mental illness. With their enthusiasm and positive attitude, volunteers counter this negative thinking and help advocate community attention to mental health issues. The effects volunteers bring about would surely help people in recovery of mental illness integrate better into the society and develop their potential to the full.

If you are interested in joining with New Life as volunteers, please download and fill out the Volunteer Application Form and send it back to New Life by mail or fax. (Address: 332 Nam Cheong Street, Kowloon, Fax: 2770 9345). New Life will match volunteer work in accordance with your personal interests and preference, making effective use of your time, skills and experience.

Young adults welcome.

Volunteer for Art in Hospital

16 Feb

art-in-hospital-logoArt in Hospital is a community art project that began in April 1994. Registered as a charitable institution its aim is to serve the needy through therapeutic art creation, and promote through art in a caring community and develop hospital art in Hong Kong.

Mission
art-in-hospitalDeliver Holistic Care – Bring art into the hospitals to provide a comforting environment for patients to receive treatment.

Unite Artistic Force – Encourage artists, art students, volunteers and general public to contribute their creativity and artist skills to benefit the community.

art-in-hospital-2Involve Patients as Artists – Involve patients to take an active role in expressing and sharing their feelings to achieve self-healing, and to explore their artistic potentials.

Support the Supporters – Provide professional training of hospital art for volunteers and medical practitioners who can reach out to benefit the community.

Nurture the Society – Raise awareness of hospital art in the community and encourage public participation in hospital art projects.

Explore Opportunities – Utilize possible resources, establish partnerships and seek service opportunities and sponsors to support hospital art.

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit their website to download the registration form.

Note: Volunteers who would like to volunteer in hospitals is required to attend the Infection Prevention Talk according to the Hospital Authority’s requirement.

Asia Art Archive – Internship Programme Spring 2017

17 Dec

The Asia Art Archive (AAA) offers full-time summer internships and part-time spring and fall internships to undergraduate and graduate students from both local and international schools. Internships at AAA are unpaid, but they present a rare chance to gain insight into a dynamic organisation at the centre of recent art in the region.

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The internship programme at AAA is an opportunity for participants to learn how a non-profit organisation runs, to discover new interpretations on recent art, and engage with artists, art professionals, and other students from around the world. By supporting the intellectual development of AAA interns, while informing their future aspirations, AAA seeks to instigate new ideas and self-discovery.

Spring Term: Commences in Jan 2017

Application deadline: Monday, 9 Jan 2017

For more information about positions available and to download the application form, please visit AAA’s website.

About Asia Art Archive: AAA was initiated in 2000 in response to the urgent need to document and secure the multiple recent histories of contemporary art in the region. With an international Board of Directors, an Advisory Board made up of noted curators and critics, and research posts in the region, AAA has collated one of the most valuable collections of material on contemporary art in the region. Built of 85% donated material, the collection now holds over 50,000 records, comprised of hundreds of thousands of physical and digital items, and it continues to grow. Accessible free of charge from AAA’s physical space and searchable from anywhere in the world via the online catalogue, much of the collection is now also available globally via the Collection Online.

Through collecting and making information on the recent history of contemporary art in Asia easily accessible, AAA aims to facilitate understanding, research, and writing in the field, enrich existing global narratives, and re-imagine the role of the archive. AAA is a point of convergence for critical thinking and dialogue and a proactive platform for diverse public, educational, and residential programmes for a wide range of audiences. At the core of its mission is AAA’s commitment to create a collection belonging to the public, existing not in an enclosed space, but in a space that is open and productive, generating new ideas and works that continually reshape the Archive itself.