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October
Exhibition to feature work by art course graduates

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Sixty-two works by graduates of the Art Promotion Office's Art Specialist Course will be on display at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre from tomorrow (October 8) to October 27.

Entitled "In Search of Art - Art Specialist Course 2002-03 Graduation Exhibition", the show ranges from print-making, painting and ink painting to ceramics and sculpture.

Speaking at the opening ceremony today, Mr Chung Ling-hoi, the Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums) of Leisure and Cultural Services, noted that the Art Specialist Course was the second most advanced level of study provided by the Art Promotion Office.

The course aims to provide professional training for those who have decided to pursue a career in art.

"The promotion and development of arts and culture in an international city such as Hong Kong is becoming more and more important," said Mr Chung. "It is one of our missions.

"As the future of art rests with the young generation, cultivating the talents of young artists is one of our main concerns. We want to make good use of the facilities of the Visual Arts Centre to provide young people with professional art training and support, making it an ideal place for creation and exchange of ideas," said Mr Chung.

The nine-month Art Specialist Course 2002-03 took in five disciplines - ceramics, print-making, sculpture, painting and ink painting.

Four local artists, Ms Li Wei-han, Ms Liu Siu-jane, Mr Leung Kui-ting and Mr Wong Shun-kit, served as course co-ordinators, advising on course design and recruitment of instructors. Over 50 local and overseas artists participated as guest lecturers. The course provided 225 hours of tuition. Each student was allowed to use the Visual Art Centre's studios for practice six hours per week free of charge.

Since the course is offered on a part-time basis, people from all walks of life can use it to develop their artistic vocation.

The next Art Specialist Course - the third to be offered - is due to begin early next year. For enquiries on course content, please call 3101 2734.

The Visual Arts Centre is located at 7A Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong. It is open daily except Tuesday from 10am to 9pm. Admission is free. For enquiries, please call 2521 3008.

End/Tuesday, October 7, 2003

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