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

Art & Society TALKS #1

Experimental Methodology of Playdepot - Initiative Approaches and its Impact on Evaluation

Chair: Leung Mee Ping

29 September 2018

10am — 3pm, including a one hour lunch break

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

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.

Join us!

Our Talks will take place in small research groups (for discussion purposes) and limited amount of space is available for interested parties. If you are interested in joining us, please let us know via e-mail:

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 Playdepot

Playdepot was founded based on the ideal concept between community manufactures and artists, creating various forms of playing for the locals. Through re-design and up-cycling, participating artists teamed up with the locals to give new life to industrial and household waste, simultaneously engaging everyone within the community (information taken from here).

Questions to be discussed

What are the responses of being an experimental group with funding in terms of considering your audiences, users and beneficiaries? For evaluating the outcome in various perspectives; who identifies the evaluation criteria? What is the impact evidence?

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 research groups (academics and practitioners) within a workshop. Each research 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.