Our speaker today was Ms. Liz Avern-Briers, who talked about “Arts & Health: How Can Making Art Improve Well-being?” Liz set up Lizzie Bee in 2010, an arts and health projects to improve well-being, specialising in community arts. Lizzie Bee grew from a volunteer project in 2010 to a charity in December 2013. Liz presented to us her projects. “Our Sai Ying Pun Project” funded by Hong Kong Arts Development Council. This student-led project was in collaboration with Lorette E Roberts, an internationally established artist, and Christie’s, the international auction house which auctioned 12 of the students’ works. With the project we wanted create possibilities for students with LD to integrate into the local community and show that they can positively contribute to society, Liz said.
The “Garden of Goodness Project”— in collaboration with HandsOn Hong Kong and part of the Very Hong Kong Festival—is a public art installation in which members of the public could plant flowers made out of cloth and on each leaf they were asked to write one thing that makes them happy. The project’s goal was to raise awareness about students with learning disabilities and is now on display at ESF King George V.
Sergeant at Arms Rtn Dixon collected HK$1,270 for raffle and fines, which will be donated to Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association. President Adrian brought us three coffee mugs from Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association as raffle prizes and the winners were President Adrian, Rtn Dixon and Hon. Sec. Chris. We had another raffle prize as a box of chocolate and the winner was Rtn David Ross.