Expert workshops focusing on the evaluation criteria for art in social contexts with a focus on how to evaluate best practices.

Little Donkey Farm in Beijing and Yongji Peasants’ Association in Shanxi

Chair: Lau Kin Chi

Open call for applications to join our 1-day expert workshop on evaluation criteria and best practices of art & society projects.

27 October 2018

3pm – 6pm

Boötes Limited, 8/F, Si Toi Commercial Building, 62-63 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan Hong Kong


Our Talks will take place in small expert groups and limited amount of space is available for interested parties. If you are interested in joining us, please let us know via e-mail till 24 October:

Please send us a short biography and abstract outlining your possible contribution and interest in the workshops (maximum 500 characters, including space). Please add some weblinks to access your projects and/or texts.


About The Little Donkey Farm

The Little Donkey Farm was established in April 2008 and it is the first Community Supported Agriculture farm in Beijing. It has endeavoured to include agriculture in the tertiary industry of culture and heritage through mobilizing not just farmers, but citizens, NGOs, and governments to join the sustainable agricultural movement. The Little Donkey Farm has promoted cooperative sustainable agriculture and raised issues on food and the environment, and has trained a large number of youths on farming and appropriate technology. For some years, it has organized the cultural project “Love Our Home Village”, forming a broad network of rural best practices.

About Yongji Peasant's Association

Yongji Peasants’ Association is the first peasants’ association in China officially registered under the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 2003. It is voluntary organization by peasants working in multiple sectors: technological services center, handicrafts cooperative, women’s club, youth farm, kindergarten, aged people’s home, and an ecological agriculture zone. The youth farm, named New Youth Commune, has attracted young people from local and non-local regions to live together and to experiment with organic farming, traditional food processing, and restoration of old houses.

The Workshop

The workshop will use the two cases to examine alternative practices in China related to sustainable agriculture and rural reconstruction, with a focus on how the projects undertaken are not just economic projects, but cultural projects for changes in attitudes and mentalities. It will also raise questions on how artists or practitioners can take an interdisciplinary approach to social transformation.

Questions that will be discussed among guest speakers and workshop participants may include:

1.     How such alternative practices may be evaluated? In economic, sociological, ecological, and cultural terms? In their context of constraints and possibilities?

2.     How the organizers and participants of the projects have been involved, and how would they perceive the relevance of the projects to social and personal change?

3.     In the general context of 40 years of Reform in China, when individual attainment and competition are mainstream logic to define “success”, how can alternative values and criteria be nurtured or defended?

Are you a researcher or practitioner interested in art in social contexts?

Do you have experience in evaluating similar projects? Have you been exposed to the challenges and opportunities of similar projects? Would you like to actively contribute to improve best practices and the design of evaluation criteria?

Art & Society Talks Objectives

The aim of our Talks is to open and extent our research to interested parties working in the field of art & society (research and practice). The Art & Society Talks are a great opportunity to share and discuss your research ideas and practical experience and participate in developing the future potential of art in social contexts. The Art & Society Talks focusing on evaluation take place on the last Saturday of each month, starting on 29 September 2018 untill 25 May 2019.

Background information

The main focus of the Art & Society Talks is the evaluation criteria and how to improve it.

In a series of research workshops, which will take place between 29 September 2018 and 25 May 2019, we will be investigating the evaluation criteria for art in social contexts with a focus on how to evaluate best practices. The results of the research workshops will be shared online in form of workshop summaries on and


The talks will be held by small expert groups (academics and practitioners) within a workshop. Each workshop will be lead by a chair who will introduce a case study and organise the workshop accordingly. The participants of the research group are selected by the chair and are usually professionals (academics and practitioners) interested in the topic and active as a practitioner or researcher in the field of art & society projects. There will be limited space available for professionals who showed interest through our call.