Art for everyone

Paint’scape showcased artworks by 22 artists with disabilities.
Paint'scape showcased artworks by 22 artists with disabilities.
One of the Swire Group Charitable Trust's ("Swire Trust") key missions is to create positive change through art. This vision focuses heavily on arts accessibility and education for the disabled and disadvantaged, as well as using the arts as a means to address social issues. The Swire Trust has been providing funding to the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong ("ADAHK") since 2006, helping to promote the arts and artistic talent amongst people with disabilities, in order to foster social integration and create equal opportunities in the arts world.

ADAHK is dedicated to providing platforms for artists with disabilities to showcase their talent. Paint'scape, a community arts exhibition held in July 2019, featured a selection of landscape paintings by both amateur and professional artists with disabilities, offering participants the opportunity to express their worldview, while viewers had the chance to experience a different perspective on familiar landscapes interpreted according to the artists' own personal narratives.
Through its programme of workshops and professional training, ADAHK aims to develop and nurture disabled artists' talent, and promote excellence in their work. And by providing people with disabilities with more opportunities to experience art in all its forms, the association hopes to promote an inclusive society, where cultural enrichment is available to all.

To further this aim, ADAHK is advocating for the inclusion of Arts Accessibility services under the HKSAR Government's rehabilitation policy. Arts Accessibility means overcoming the barriers that prevent disabled people from engaging with art, by providing such facilities as wheelchair access, appropriate signage, braille information, tactile maps, audio description and theatrical interpretation for a range of art forms including drama, dance, music and film, as well as the visual arts. By improving accessibility, it is hoped that people of all abilities can participate in and enjoy culture and the arts to the fullest extent possible. For further information about the project or the Swire Trust, please contact swiretrust@jsshk.com.
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