Yes, art is about beautiful pieces of artwork. More than that art has always symbolised our encounters with each other. Without that, art would cease to exist. Our encounters with people define us, develop us, and make us happy and sad. Sometimes, one person changes us forever. All of us are emotional beings, and we float in our feelings as we cannot be separate from our senses.
Every year, a group of students from the Chinese International School (CIS) in Hong Kong, visit the Boys’ Prison in Ulaanbaatar. This annual event is co-organised by CNCF and CIS. The event is dedicated to promote friendship and kinship between teenagers from Mongolia and Hong Kong. What better way to do this than to let our teenagers spend a day playing, dancing, singing and making art together?
This year we introduced a new element to the event schedule - a collaborative art workshop. Teenagers were invited to participate in the group art workshop and create under the topic of “friendship”. How do you define “friendship”? What is “friendship”?
Thirteen students and one member of CIS staff were divided into mixed groups and asked to illustrate the concept. Even in words it is not an easy topic to describe. Everybody has a different understanding of “friendship”. How do we illustrate it?
After an initial brainstorming the students started to draw together on one sheet of paper. Although they had only met an hour earlier, spoke different languages, and knew very little about each other, the teenagers began to communicate through line, form and colour! This was both a surprising and joyous moment for everyone involved. :)
From everyone at CNCF Mongolia, especially our amazing young people, we would like to thank CIS for their ongoing love and support. We would also once again like to show our appreciation to the Sovereign Art Foundation for making these worthwhile creative projects possible.