The Cradle movement has approached its concluding stage as the first batch of 97 Chinese ink paintings became the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Education – under the auspices of The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd), following a Donation Ceremony held at the WYK Art Room on December 10, 2012.
Officiating at the ceremony were Dr John Tan, WYK Principal; Professor Richard Tsang, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, HKIEd (also a WYK alumnus); Dr Sydney Cheng, Librarian at HKIEd; Ms Selina Ho, Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Education; and Eddie Yim, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition 2006.
Following a six-year journey spanning 33,000 km, covering 7 international cities in Greater China and North America, these Chinese ink paintings had been shown in exhibitions and education workshops at 14 educational and cultural institutions. The education value of these paintings – the classwork of Art lessons at WYK during the 1966-1971 period when our beloved Art teacher Mr Laurence Tam practiced an innovative teaching method of Chinese ink paintings — had been endorsed by a number of educators and academia. As collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Education, these education treasures are expected to continue to inspire the future generations of teachers in Hong Kong.