education, outreach & heritage
"Classic Craft, Modern Meaning" Tram Project
Co-presented by First Initiative Foundation (FIF) and CeeKayEllo (CKL), the exhibition “Classic Craft, Modern Meaning” is the first time that site-specific sculptural artworks and installations was showcased on a tram and made accessible to the public.
In line with FIF’s mission to proactively bring art to the public, and its commitment to help preserve Hong Kong’s unique heritage, this project aims to raise awareness to the necessity and importance in preserving our city’s fast-disappearing traditional craftsmanship and encourage the passing of treasured skills to the younger generation.
The four artworks capturing these classic crafts, organized and curated by CKL, are the result of an artist residency programme. For two months, Hong Kong’s birdcage maker Chan Lok-choi and mahjong tile carver Cheung Shun-king teamed up with young contemporary artists Amanda Tong, GoHung, Frederic Bussiere and Jun Matsumura. Together, they explored the two unique crafts’ techniques and their historical and cultural significance, and finally created artworks that pay homage to, as well as offer new insights and meanings to Hong Kong’s traditional crafts and unique artisanal heritage.
FIF x Lousy's "Maus Haus"
FIF collaborated with street artist Lousy on a unique Chinese New Year pop-up space, “Maus Haus” (Mouse House) featuring the stylized “有米鼠” (Prosperous Mouse), which signifies the message of inviting prosperity to all households. Located within the iconic Lee Tung Avenue, the Lousy pop-up breathes new life into the traditional Chinese New Year imagery with his graffiti-styled interpretation. The neon pink and energetic wall-to-wall artwork by Lousy evokes a sense of joy.
In the spirit of supporting local arts and Chinese New Year, renowned columnist and artist Benny Li Shun Yan (李純恩) help create a traditional Fai Chun on-site to mark the last day of the Year of the Pig!
FIF’s Feathered Ascent Collaboration
In 2019, FIF collaborated with international artist Nicholas Cheung, on a remarkable art installation titled Feathered Ascent. The work reflects a common goal to spread the uplifting message of hope, harmony and positivity.
Feathered Ascent is an installation of dove sculptures that embraces both lightness and light within darkness. A fitting metaphor and a symbol of peace. This new media art installation by Cheung skillfully demonstrates the use of robotics, electronics and advanced materials to create a much-needed icon for our times.
The dove’s reflective material was originally invented for scientific experiments to capture the most elusive and yet abundant particles in the universe, Dark Matter. Its gravitational properties hold our cosmos together, but the matter is almost invisible to science. The space-age material of the doves reflects 99.95% of visible light, and it is folded into origami patterns to mimic ‘feathers’ to scatter light in all directions.
Each dove has twenty-two photovoltaic panels; providing green energy to dynamically flap its wings and illuminate its LEDs, conveying beacons of hope throughout the night.
The doves are hung as a flock and are in constant communication, using an onboard computer and Wi-Fi, allowing them to fly in unison. Cheung’s studio invented a high efficiency mechanism to oscillate the dove’s 1.6m wings using only solar power which is stored in its internal batteries.
This alchemy of lightness and darkness within a flock of sixty dove mobile sculptures, hopes to spread a message of peace, light and harmony.
Meet the T.Rex
Meet the T.Rex
In the summer of 2018, First Initiative Foundation (FIF) and IFC mall presented “Meet the T-Rex”, Hong Kong’s first encounter with a real T.rex skeleton!
From 7th – 27th June, the free to the public exhibition features a full-size T.rex skeleton, a T.rex thigh bone that can be touched, a section of an Edmontosaurus spine with a bite mark and a T.rex tooth.
To further the educational outreach of the exhibition, an Adventure Trail consisting of checkpoints filled with dinosaur facts was featured throughout the mall. Videos and AR (Augmented Reality) technology enhanced the experience and encouraged all to get up, get out and explore!
Visitors were able to pick up a complimentary Adventure Passport and collect stamps at each of the six checkpoints. Once all six stamps have been collected, visitors could redeem a small gift at the end point where there was a pop-up store.
Our pop-up merchandise included a bilingual children’s book-set "Smile with Fifi!” illustrated by Hong Kong illustrator Jeanie Leung, containing a meaningful and positive message to our young readers, in addition to “Fifi and Friends”, an educational activity book.
Through simple text and illustrations, children can learn about these ancient creatures and use the range of activities as a chance to grow their love for science and discovery. FIF’s specially created soft toy Fifi the T. rex and dinosaur t-shirts for explorers were sold at our pop-up store. All proceeds from the pop-up store were donated to FIF, and raised support for our important work in uplifting Hong Kong.
Shaping the Human Body: Florentine Sculpture of the Italian Renaissance
"My Monet" Book Set
“My Monet '' and “Colour Me Monet '', FIF's fresh approach to engaging children with art history
In conjunction with the “Monet, Monet '' fundraiser and “Spirit of Place” exhibition, First Initiative Foundation (FIF) created and supported a fantastic educational initiative – a storybook and accompanying coloring book teaching children about the artwork of Monet.
The children’s adventure story follows the much loved character Oowa who travels in time to meet Monet and learn about his life and art. In English and Chinese, the book explains what Oowa can see in the paintings and provides an interactive section of questions to help children review what they have learned. The colouring book allows them to be their own artist as they colour Monet’s painting.
This important educational initiative gently guides and encourages children to interpret the beauty of Monet’s paintings for themselves.
The Heritage and Art of Cantonese Opera: Collector’s Edition
“The Golden Era” Film Premiere Exhibition
Hong Kong Girl Guides Association
STARS IN HARMONY
First Initiative Foundation (FIF) celebrated its 2019 charitable outreach initiative “Stars in Harmony”, on 10 November 2019, Sunday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.
In celebration of the event, more than 450 guests and FIF’s Artists in Support attended including Andrew Lau, Carina Lau, Chau Yan Ting, Gin Lee, Miriam Yeung and Niu Niu.
Signature Sponsors American Express and UBS both provided important support to the event and to FIF’s charitable outreach work in keeping with their continued commitment to the Hong Kong community.
The evening's programme included exclusive performances by piano prodigy and young talent Niu Niu, star singers Gin Lee, Joyce Cheng and Leah Dou. Supporters also had the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind collectables and bespoke experiences auctioned on the evening to benefit FIF.
On the evening, patrons previewed FIF's exciting and unique collaboration with international artist Nicholas Cheung. Showcased among dreamlike decor, Feathered Ascent is an incredible kinetic installation and techno marvel made from one the most reflective materials in the world.
The ballroom was transformed into a wondrous experience. FIF supporters, enveloped by the remarkable Feathered Ascent, embarked on a remarkable dining experience, and enjoyed a memorable 12-Michelin starred meal. The evening's spectacular menu was designed by a stellar group of chefs with 12 Michelin stars between them; Chef Kenichi Fujimoto from Sushi Saito Hong Kong, Chef Hideaki Sato from Ta Vie, Chef Hidemichi Seki from Tenku Ryugin, Chef Guillaume Galliot from Caprice and Chef Chan Yan Tak from Lung King Heen.
world before time
WORLD IN TUNE
First Initiative Foundation (FIF) illuminated the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in a celebratory fundraising evening focusing on FIF’s support of the Claude Monet exhibition.
Weaving international art history and community outreach together, the evening began with a viewing of the “Spirit of Place” exhibition viewing, accompanied by specially created cocktails that reflected the hues of the remarkable artist’s brushstrokes.
Later, patrons gathered for FIF’s unveiling ceremony for “My Monet”, and “Colour Me Monet”, a set of educational children’s books. To celebrate the gala introduction of our project, we invited patrons to sit down for a memorable dinner, with the exquisite exhibition remaining open to guests late into the evening.
Music, education and heritage arts work together in harmony.
After a fantastic Le French May concert featuring the extraordinary pianist Sa Chen and the Diotima Quartet, guests of First Initiative Foundation (FIF) joined together for a beautiful fundraising dinner, sponsored by Vacheron Constantin.
Michelin-starred Chef Nicolas Masse presented an incredible dinner honed to perfection with the help of the team at the Grand Hyatt.
Musical interludes from the Cantonese Youth Opera Group and Lang Lang’s Young Scholars delighted all, and the young performers worked together in harmony to show how our initiatives extend to the community of Hong Kong.
The Art of Chinese opera
AN EVENING WITH RENÉE FLEMING (CELEBRATORY DINNER)
HONG KONG! HONG KONG!
‘HK! HK!’ concluded with a spectacular public concert ‘Eason’s Life’ at the Hong Kong Coliseum, starring Canto pop superstar Eason Chan with a myriad of FIF’s Artists in Support.
PIANO MASTERCLASS BY JEAN RONDEAU
Jean Rondeau is multi-talented harpsichordist and piano virtuoso. He performs solo, chamber music and orchestral appearances internationally.
At Hong Kong University’s Yuet Ming Auditorium, Rondeau offered a first-class masterclass with four students. In partnership with Le French May, the masterclass offered students a rigorous and insightful guidance by the talented virtuoso focusing on the music of Debussy, Chopin and Ginastera.
QUATUOR ZAÏDE MASTERCLASS
(Le French May)
Quatuor Zaïde, a well-established and distinguished all female string quartet, inspiring students with their very first Masterclass.
Quatuor Zaïde offered a first-class experience instructing two student string quartets to learn directly under their expertise. This unique Masterclass was held at Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall in partnership with Le French May and the Hong Kong Education Bureau. They offered a deep insight into the world of classical music while offering their world-class mentorship on their approach to every musical piece.
After Quatuor Zaïde’s outstanding performance of Haydn String Quartet in F minor, Op 20 No.5, 1st movement, both string quartets, from Diocesan Girls School (DGS) and Bishop Hall Jubilee School (BHJS) played their individual pieces under the guidance of QuatuorZaïdegaining immense knowledge on how to play at a world-class level.