CHM Arts

CHM Arts is dedicated to the idea that art has a crucial role to play on both individual and societal levels in the process of creating and maintaining health and well-being.

In healing practices, it can be said that the first key to physical health is the ability of the body to express itself, to communicate what it is feeling and experiencing. The second key can be described as the ability of the healer to understand and to be empathetic with the condition that is being expressed. This is equally true of other dimensions of health and well-being, whether mental, cultural or societal. In his famous essay, 'What Is Art', the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy described the activity of art as being 'based on the fact that a man, receiving through his sense of hearing or sight another man's expression of feeling, is capable of experiencing the emotion which moved the man who expressed it.' One of the chief ailments of contemporary society in general, and Hong Kong society in particular, is the growing sense of isolation and alienation experienced by many even in the midst of exploding populations. Numerous studies in fields such as medicine and sociology have pointed to the potential of an engagement with the arts as a means to increase levels of well-being in areas such as mental health, social inclusion and levels of empowerment.

CHM Arts seeks to:

  • Create platforms for local and international artists in the visual, textual and performing arts to present their work within contexts that can generate attentiveness to and discussion of the concepts and permutations of 'health' and 'well-being' present in art and art-making.

  • Create pathways within local communities for an authentic engagement in the arts as a means towards self-expression, communication, acknowledgment, and empowerment.

  • Create opportunities for cross-disciplinary exploration and dialogue through events such as exhibitions, seminars, workshops and publications.

Past Activities:
Workshop PosterCHM Arts, together with the International Cultural Leadership Academy at the University of Hong Kong, was pleased to support Hope and Glory: A Conceptual Circus. Conceived by the artist Simon Birch, this was Hong Kong's largest ever installation art show supported by the HKSAR Mega Events Fund, which took place at the ArtisTree in Taikoo Place between 8 April to 30 May 2010.

In collaboration with the Birch Foundation and with the generous support of Louis Vuitton, CHM Project Arts hosted an art forum at the ArtisTree on 14 May 2010.