HOPE—Patricia Piccinini

Family Day at Tai Kwun Contemporary

HOPE—Patricia Piccinini

Guided Tour: Who’s Next?

Family Day at Tai Kwun Contemporary

Patricia Piccinini’s Choice

Patricia Piccinini After Hours

HOPE – Patricia Piccinini: Teacher's Morning & Teacher’s Workshop

Tai Kwun Conversations: HOPE — A Dialogue between Patricia Piccinini and Tobias Berger

Workshop: Making of Hope — Patricia Piccinini

Date & Time

27 May - 20 Aug, 2023 Refer to programme details


JC Contemporary, F Hall Studio and Prison Yard


Ways of Cuddling Workshop
$150 including workshop and entry fee for one adult with one child
Body Sprouting Workshop
$180 including workshop and entry fee for one adult with one child


Welcome to Family Day at Tai Kwun Contemporary! Our family workshops foster interaction, communication, connection, and observation. In Piccinini’s world of fantastical creatures, parents and children are encouraged to explore the ways we imagine ourselves and to think about how humanity relates to nature.

This artist-led programme welcomes any child aged five or older to participate, accompanied by a parent/guardian.

This series of family workshops is presented by Tai Kwun Contemporary in collaboration with MUDWORK,Rooftop Institute and IV Chan.

Ways of Cuddling Workshop
Collaborating partner and artist: Rooftop Institute and IV Chan

Artist IV Chan believes that simple physical contact such as hugging can create positive energy. This workshop invites adults and children to explore the concepts of empathy, interdependence, and care in Patricia Piccinini’s hyperrealistic but surreal artworks. Through role play, adults and children gain a new understanding of the body and make extraordinary ‘one-minute sculptures’ with their bodies, props, and soft toys!

Cantonese sessions:
27.05.2023 (Sat) 11:00 am–12:30 pm
27.05.2023 (Sat) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
05.08.2023 (Sat) 11:00 am–12:30 pm
05.08.2023 (Sat) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
19.08.2023 (Sat) 11:00 am–12:30 pm
19.08.2023 (Sat) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm

English sessions:
22.07.2023 (Sat) 11:00 am–12:30 pm
22.07.2023 (Sat) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
12.08.2023 (Sat) 11:00 am–12:30 pm
12.08.2023 (Sat) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm

Ticketing information: $150 including workshop and entry fee for one adult with one child.

Please register and pay in advance online

Body-Sprouting Workshop
Collaborating artist: MUDWORK

Humanity is inseparable from nature. Through her anthropomorphic sculptures, Patricia Piccinini explores the blurred boundaries between human beings and other animal species, and the boundaries between humans and nature. These artworks imagine life forms in unexpected ways and encourage us to envision a sustainable future beginning with birth. This artist-led workshop invites adults and children to mould a certain part of their bodies into unique clay sculptures for potted plants. Each clay sculpture will be mixed with seeds to grow unexpected results.

Cantonese  Sessions:
28.05.2023  (Sun) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
28.05.2023  (Sun) 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
11.06.2023  (Sun) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
11.06.2023  (Sun) 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
18.06.2023  (Sun) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
18.06.2023  (Sun) 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
09.07.2023  (Sun) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
09.07.2023  (Sun) 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
23.07.2023  (Sun) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
23.07.2023  (Sun) 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
06.08.2023  (Sun) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
06.08.2023  (Sun) 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
13.08.2023  (Sun) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
13.08.2023  (Sun) 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
20.08.2023  (Sun) 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
20.08.2023  (Sun) 4:00 pm–5:30 pm

Ticketing information: $180 (including workshop and entry fee for one adult and one child per session)

Please register and pay in advance online 

Artist Bio

Rooftop Institute
IV Chan

MUDWORK, an art and design studio founded by artists Chung Wai Ian and Ng Ka Chun in 2013, uses sculpture and installation to explore the contemporary state of urban space, community, and nature. In recent years, they have participated in several public and community art projects, including Art in MTR, Hi! Hill, and M+ Rover. Their work Cement Ping Pong Table was selected as part of the 2015 Public Art Scheme by the Project of Art Promotion Office.

Rooftop Institute was co-founded in 2016 by two artists, Yim Sui Fong and Law Yuk Mui, and an art professor, Frank Vigneron. Since its formation, it has organised artist-led educational research projects in the context of current social conditions and Asian histories and cultures. One of the few community-level charities in Hong Kong to focus on education through art, Rooftop Institute promotes art as a medium of communication and interaction. Parent-child interaction as an educational practice is the emphasis of its website and a book, Event Scores by Artist-Parents.

IV Chan, who uses her artistic practice as a way of exploring the complexities of the human body and soul through sculptures, installations, and performances,  received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, a Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, and an MFA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was selected to be an artist in residence at Tai Kwun in late 2021, which resulted in a performance of her work What did Mother not tell me at the JC Cube, Tai Kwun. At Art Basel Hong Kong in 2023, she collaborated with Para Site to create the installation work Poop me to the moon. Chan also extends her artistic interests to art direction and costume design for films and theatre productions.  She is a part-time lecturer of sculpture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.