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January
Art graduates work goes on display tomorrow
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Over 50 artworks, including sculptures, ink-painting, print-making, painting and ceramics, created by 52 graduating students of the Art Specialist Course 2004-05 will go on display tomorrow (January 22).

"In Search of Art - Art Specialist Course Graduation Exhibition 2004-05" will run at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre until February 3.

The exhibition was opened today (January 21) by the Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Gerard Tsang Chu-chui. He was joined by the five co-ordinators of the Art Specialist Course - Mr Lee Chin-fai (sculpture), Mr Leung Kui-ting (ink-painting), Ms Liu Siu-jane (print-making), Mr Wong Shun-kit (painting) and Ms Yim Wai-wai (ceramics).

Speaking at today's ceremony, Mr Tsang acknowledged the importance of the promotion and development of arts and culture in an international city such as Hong Kong. As the future of art rests with the younger generation, cultivating the talents of young artists is of great importance and is one of our missions.

"The artwork on display at this exhibition shows the efforts of the graduating students and the course co-ordinators. It also points to a bright future for arts development in Hong Kong," Mr Tsang said.

The exhibition features work in a variety of media by 52 budding artists. Personal experience and feelings, childhood memories, difficulties in learning arts and interpersonal relationships are topics of their artistic creation.

Organised by the Arts Promotion Office (APO), the nine-month Art Specialist Course 2004/05 was specially designed for artists who seek professional art training. The course includes 225 hours of tuition, covering five disciplines of sculpture, ink-painting, print-making, painting and ceramics.

Professional artists were invited to be course co-ordinators, and were responsible for designing the course content and enlisting the assistance of suitable artists in teaching.

The course offered students workshops, studio work, visits to exhibitions and artists' studios, lectures on art history and theory as well as tutorials. As the course was conducted part time, people from all walks of life were able to participate and develop their artistic skills.

The 2005/06 Art Specialist Course is due to begin in early March. For enquiries about the course content, please call 3101 2734 or visit the APO website
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/apo/ .

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

Ends/Friday, January 21, 2004
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