Creative thinking

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 14 Aug 2019

The main building for M+ - the museum of modern and contemporary visual culture at West Kowloon - is due to be completed next March. The museum itself will open some nine to 12 months later.

In the meantime the smaller scale M+ Pavilion facility is putting together some innovative exhibitions.

From now to October 20 you can see Five Artists: Sites Encountered, which features a wide variety of works by five quite distinctive female artists.

The M+ team is also exploring new ways to interact with the community.

One aim is to create museum tours that are accessible to all.

The M+ Outreach Access program, which started last year, targeted students in special schools, providing interactive workshops followed by customized tours to enable students to build their own relationships with visual culture.

Of course, other local museums do excellent work in ensuring their facilities are accessible to visitors with special needs, and they have developed a wide range of tailored outreach programs.

But it is probably fair to say that M+, working with the Human Commons NGO, is taking this important mission a step further.

They are thinking about new ways tour guides can perform their roles for visitors of different abilities and new approaches to the presentation of exhibits - by grouping tactile objects together, for example.

This is just one way M+ is likely to expand horizons for all museums in Hong Kong. Catch up on the latest at www.westkowloon.hk/en/mplus

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Advisory Committee

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