Created collaboratively by local interdisciplinary artist Kingsley Ng and graduate arts students at the Hong Kong Baptist University, the participatory art experience Beyond Words brings together participants with or without hearing impairments in a communicative art experience where the audience takes centre stage.

As active protagonists, participants bring along three personal items – something that represents themselves, something edible that tastes like where they come from, and something “useless” that they are unable to part with – and share their stories in silent verbal and non-verbal ways. By encouraging the use of writing, signing, taste and touch, the event opens up new perspectives on inclusiveness and communication. 

This programme is part of the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University research project “Hacking Capitalism: Expanding Socially Engaged Art Through Alternative Art Economies and Entrepreneurship.” After the event, participants will be invited to fill out a questionnaire/take part in interviews. Please feel free to opt out if you wish.

Date & Time:

21 December 2019 (Saturday) 11:00am–12:30pm
22 December 2019 (Sunday) 11:00am–12:30pm

The Room, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Kingsley Ng, Creative Director
Angel Yam, Participating Artist
Cheng Chi-chi, Participating Artist
Terence Leung, Participating Artist

Special Thanks To The Hong Kong Society for the Deaf for the invitation of participants with hearing impairments.

Cantonese and Hong Kong Sign Language 

Free admission. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.

Ms Ho (852) 2200 0385,

Application Deadline:
18 December 2019 (Wednesday)


  • Please note that part of the programme will be conducted outdoors
  • The event schedule may be subject to change. The presenter reserves the right to change the programme.
  • Suitable for participants aged 18 and above

Accessibility Services:
Hong Kong Sign language interpretation will be available. Cantonese audio description is available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

About the Artists:

Kingsley Ng

Kingsley Ng is an interdisciplinary artist and designer specialising in conceptual, site-specific and community-oriented projects. An assistant professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts, he is currently collaborating with the academy’s Master’s graduates to transform theatre spaces into aesthetic spheres for interactive experiences that promote inclusivity.

Angel Yam

Visual artist, dancer and art educator Angel Yam turned completely deaf at the age of nine. The life-changing experience has inspired and influenced her thinking and ideas.

Cheng Chi-chi

Cheng Chi-chi is a transdisciplinary artist working with a diverse range of media, including food, light, sound, installation, performance and painting. A former hotelier who lived in four continents, she is interested in exploring the theme of human connections.

Terence Leung

Product designer, transmedia visual artist and secondary school design teacher Terence Leung is interested in the true value and stories of objects. He is keen on experimenting with untraditional materials, and the synthesis of different media and technologies.

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