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K11 Launches Art x Business Program "ART KEEN" for Youth

08 Sep 2017

K11 Launches Art x Business Program for Youth

Dialogue with Curators & Art Experts

Get a Head Start on Art World Career Pursuit

Docent Junior Program Coached by Seasoned MC to Impart Presentation Skills to Talented Kids


ART KEEN, a key program of K11 ART INFINITY, is a year-round professional art program that offers exclusive learning opportunities to senior secondary school students and tertiary students in Hong Kong. With the mission to groom future art talent, the program not only engages participants with industry leaders, but also provides extensive theoretical-practical trainings to equip them with the necessary skills for career development in the art industry. Program highlights include talks by industry leaders, field trips to art spaces and visits to two international art exhibitions for mastering art appreciation and activities management, while K11 internship opportunities are also available upon completion of the program for participants to gain hands-on industry experience. Those with outstanding academic performance may be granted a full program scholarship, subject to interview results.


For the academic year 2017-18, ART KEEN features a number of talks to be delivered by various prominent figures in the art industry, including Mr Keith Wong, Chairman of APPortfolio; Ms Joel Kwong, Programme Director, Microwave International Media Arts Festival; Curators Dr Isaac Leung and Mr Eric Leung; Ms Laure Raibaut, Head of Visual Arts for Le French May; Ms Alexandra Seno, Head of Development, Asia Art Archive; Ms Vivienne Chow, Founding Director of Cultural Journalism Campus; as well as Ms Judy Lam, Assistant General Manager, Operation and Ms Gigi Cheung, Assistant General Manager, Retail and Corporate Sales of K11 Concepts Limited.


Kristy Lee, a sophomore at The Education University of Hong Kong, has just completed her internship at K11. She participated in last year’s ART KEEN, and talks about the invaluable experience she has gained through the program. “It has been my aspiration to pursue a career in the art industry, but the lack of a thorough understanding of the actual practice presented a hurdle to me. The ART KEEN program was a gateway for me to immerse myself in the world of arts; not only was I offered the rare opportunity to have dialogue face-to-face with key figures in the local art industry and to learn from their insights, but I could also gain a better understanding of the industry by accessing the most up-to-date information. The extensive knowledge in art and business, which is unavailable in regular curriculum, has given me a head start on my career pursuit in the art industry.”


K11 ART KEEN 2017-18 is a 6-month in-depth exploration of three topics, namely i) Art Language x Art Trend, ii) Art Marketing & PR, and iii) Art Market & Practices. For more details and application, please visit: https://kka.k11.com/en/faculty-art-infinity-art-keen/ 


Docent Junior Program to Nurture Talented Kids


To enhance children’s presentation skills and self-esteem as part of nurturing future leaders, K11 also launches the Docent Junior program in two sessions: the presentation skills training is to be delivered by cast led by an experienced MC, while the guided tour training is instructed by professional gallerist. The training will be rounded off with an invaluable experience where participants can cut their teeth as a guide on art tour trial in a real-life scenario. The program provides an opportunity for children to get up-close and personal with original works of art from K11 Kollection and exhibits, thereby soaking up experience and knowledge rarely taught at schools. Moreover, it helps kids boost their self-confidence and improve communication skills through interaction with people of different ages and backgrounds.


Eligible participants will become K11 Docent Juniors, with an Artist Klub membership to enjoy special offers for Kids Art Lab programs. Outstanding participants will also be awarded a certificate. Children will have a chance to become K11 Two-Star Junior Docents and K11 Junior Models upon completion of 6-hour tour-guiding service. For enrolment and program details, please visit: https://kka.k11.com/tc/faculty-art-infinity/#module_id=1

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