Level Up! Fest 2021: Arts With/In Communities

Artists working with/in communities often find themselves with complex and dynamic relationships and environments. How do we begin our work and how do we ensure we remain true to the purpose of creating meaningful and deep engagement with/in communities?

This workshop is an introduction as well as refresher for arts practitioners who are interested in engaging with/in communities.

Co-Artistic Director Koh Hui Ling, and Han Xuemei, Associate Artist from Dramabox will help you to consider the key questions related to the design and implementation of community arts projects, work through the values needed at work and through this process, develop criticality in your practice.

Date: Saturday, 6th November 2021, 10AM- 1PM
Venue: Online Via Zoom
Price: $70 for non-members, $60 for members

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Hui Ling is a theatre practitioner who finds meaning in the process of community engagement in the art-making, evident in her works such as the founding of ARTivate - Drama Box’s youth wing, site-specific community based projects such as the IgnorLAND series and Chinatown Crossings Her desire to create alternative avenues for public dialogue has led to the development of GoLi – The Moving Theatre, Singapore's first inflatable theatre that aims to transform spaces into vibrant places for arts and culture. Recognised for her contribution to community, youth and culture, Hui Ling was given in 2013 the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council Singapore, and the Singapore Youth Award by the National Youth Council. and in 2015, Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award (Singapore) by the Junior Chamber International.

She oversees the development of Drama Box's youth engagement work and has developed a set of Drama-in-Education and Theatre-in-Education programmes for youths, teachers and adult-learners. Hui Ling is passionate about the application of theatre in educational contexts and has served on SDEA’s TAC Programming Committee during 2013 & 2017. Hui Ling is a proud member of SDEA.

Han Xuemei is a theatre practitioner based in Singapore. She believes in socially engaged practice, and imagines the arts as an integral ingredient for beauty and hope in society. Her artistic practice involves designing experiences, spaces and conditions for people to exercise their right to be creative, disrupt routines and deconstruct paradigms. Her recent explorations FLOWERS (2019), The Gift (2018) and MISSING: The City of Lost Things (2018) are multi-disciplinary experiences that engage the audience in deeply visceral and personal ways. She has been a resident artist with theatre company Drama Box since the end of 2012, and most recently co-curated TBC: Workshopping the Future, part of the Asia Discovers Asia Meeting for Contemporary Performance (ADAM) presented by Taipei Performing Arts Center.