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A Mind-friendly Estate Model at Cho Yiu Chuen

Venue: Cho Yiu Chuen 
Date: 2022.11.01 - 2024.11.30
Price: Free 

Co-organization: Hong Kong Arts Centre, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

Supporting Organization: Hong Kong Housing Society

Strategic Partner and Sponsor: Lee Hysan Foundation


Funded by Lee Hysan Foundation, the two-year initiative, “A Mind-friendly Estate Model at Cho Yiu Chuen”, began in November 2022 with the objectives of strengthening the community bonds and the "330 well-being" of the residents in Cho Yiu Chuen.


The project aims at connecting the community, promoting mental wellness with our ambassadors, and engaging the residents through the power of art!


Surrounded by the pleasant hilly landscape, Cho Yiu Chuen is an ideal living environment in this hustle and bustle city. However, the community faces certain problems such as remote location, inconvenient transportation, and aging population. As one of the co-organizers, HKAC presents a series of public art programmes to connect the community through art and well-being with our local artists.


 Programmes including:


  • Public Engagement Activity - Draw Our Community!
                Join us to color our community and share your precious moments in Cho Yiu Chuen. The artist draws a picture for you! 
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 Participating Artist: Moving Drawing


  • Mural Art & Related Art Workshops
Starting from three curatorial angles, the mural art illustrates the past, present, and future of Cho Yiu Chuen.


Each mural artist conducts a series of workshops relating to their mural art creation at the project beginning. Not only do we encourage interactions within the community, but we also collect stories and turn them into inspiration for our mural art. Join hands and co-create our new urban art scape! Programmes including:


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 Mural Art 1: Dawn in The Mountain City
Rediscover Cho Yiu Chuen with Five Senses
& Flying Imagination through Art & Well-being
Mural Art 2:  Life in Rainbow
Create a Kaleidoscope of Cho Yiu Chuen
with Geometric Shapes
Mural Art 3:
Finding Joy and Everyday Pleasures in
Cho Yiu Chuen through Time Travelling
Participating Artist: Paint wif me
  Participating Artist:Noble Wong   Participating Artist:Carol Mui & Rebecca T. Lin
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“The World of Five Senses" Glass Deco Workshop
Foster your imagination with senses of
sight, sound, smell, taste,and touch. 
Let’s create a unique glass deco of Cho Yiu Chuen.
Kaleidoscope Collage of Cho Yiu Chuen Workshop
Through collage and the use of color,
we create objects that are different from our daily life.
"Create Your Ideal Plant" Potting Workshop
 Can heal your mind and nourish your soul by creating and irrigating unique potted plants.

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Teen Art Ambassador x Intergenerational
Mural Art Scheme
Encouraged students to become Teen Art Ambassadors,
who will actively participate in the art-making and promoting intergenerational interaction.
Urban Sketching X Community Map Workshop
Draw while walking! Learn watercolor techniques to capture the landscape of our community.
Creative Photos X Time Travelling Workshop
Adding creativity to old pictures outlines the good reminiscences of the past in Cho Yiu Chuen.


  • Annual Festival Event 
The community day is filled with community booths, an interactive music performance and sharing sessions, with the aim of promoting the mental well-being of residents through participatory art and establishing a supportive network among neighbours and fostering a mind-friendly community throughout the year. 
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Vibrant Gateways workshop by Mandy Ma A group photo of guests, artist Paint wif me and youth ambassador in front of the mural Photography exhibition guided tour led by residents 
Photo Exhibition - Touch n Shine, Open Call Submission and Workshops

Hong Kong Art School alumni and photographer guides the residents in learning to care about themselves, others, and the natural environment from the "hand" through meditation and photography art, and at the same time learn "5 Ways to Well-Being", and record stories of well-being with photos. There is a pre-exhibition Open Call Submission and Photography Workshops. Selected works are exhibited at the Photo Exhibition.
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Participating Photographer: Pater Ho

Deep Food @ Cho Yiu

100 Spices, 100 Lives of Cho Yiu

Telling stories with taste? Share everyone's stories in the Cho Yiu  community, guide everyone to uses the metaphor of a spice blend to engage the community in sharing their stories and exploring the range of emotions within them, and prepare and grind your own spice bottles together!


“Art of Dumplings” Creative Dumpling workshop

Even making dumplings can tell a story! The food design team Deep food invites everyone to have fun while eating and create creative recipes for the "Art of Dumplings" that belong to the Cho Yiu  community! Deep food  will lead everyone to try dumplings to express their feelings and share your experience and affection in the Cho Yiu community.


Community Recpie and performance 


Participating Artists: Deep food 

  • Artist-in-Residence (AIR)
Artists collaborate with local stores to create more possibilities.
The unique geographical environment of Cho Yiu Chuen has formed a self-contained small community where the lives of local stores and residents are closely intertwined. Three groups of local artists and designers will collaborate with at least three local stores within the community, combining the community characteristics, store features, and artistic creativity to plan and organize various activities, further connecting the residents.
AIR Programme 1: Sort out your emotions and revitalize your image
“Cho Yiu BARBER” X Hair Salon
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The design duo creates "Cho Yiu Barbaer" focusing on the impact of appearance on self’s image, self-confidence, and mental well-being. They will promote volunteer hair dyeing services within Cho Yiu Chuen, creating a community of mutual assistance, care, and collaboration.
Participating Designer: Match Chan @KaCaMa Design Lab & Jacky Yick @NOMAD 
AIR Programme 2: Vibrant Gateways 
Door Curtain Making X Laundry
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Create a new artistic touch to the culture of public housing estates in Hong Kong! Using natural dyeing and hand printing techniques, let’s create door curtains and handkerchiefs with the artist. The fabric artworks not only serve as an art installation within the estate but are also gifted to the elderly in need, spreading warmth and care, while collectively creating a unique and mind-friendly community in Cho Yiu Chuen.
Participating artist: Ma Wing Man


The above activities are designed for the residents and stakeholders of Cho Yiu Chuen only.  Free admission.

For programme details and registration, please contact Caring Engaging Smart (Cho Yiu Chuen) at 2310 2622.


Stay tuned for more exciting programmes to be announced on the website and Caring Engaging Smart (Cho Yiu Chuen).


AIR Programme 3: Happy Transformation

  Paper Pulp Sculpture X Newspapers Stall

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Research suggests that writing down worries can help alleviate stress and anxiety.

Artist and residents gather at Newspapers Stall, utilizing recycled newspapers to write down their worries and transform them into small paper pulp sculptures. Through this process, we aim to shift the perspectives and create delightful objects. The project encourages the discovery, appreciation, and sharing of the present moment, fostering positive development of oneself.


Participating artist: Benjamin Hao