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International Research Forum "Art Activities of Disabled People in Asia"


International Exchange Program Executive Committee for Disabled people's Culture and Arts and the Japan Foundation Asia Center will organize an international research forum "Art Activities for Disabled People in Asia" in Bangkok, Thailand.

In this forum, we create dialogues and discussions about disabled people's art activities in Asia among people from related fields including arts, performing arts, social welfare, medical experts, and practitioners from various Asian countries.
This forum provides opportunity for experts from different working fields and countries to explore different aspects of cultural identity and social structure as well as tackle issues regarding disabled people and people with special needs in a creative way.

*This forum will be held as part of the 2019 Thailand X Japan Project organized by International Exchange Program Executive Committee for Disabled people’s Culture and Arts and Arts and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

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Friday, October 18 [Day 1]

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Keynote Speech
Dr. Wachara Riewpaiboon [Thailand] (MD., MSc. / Dean of Ratchasuda College)

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Session 1
Session 1 is a session by parents of people with disabilities, who are also active participants of the media, organizations on disability awarenes and so on. They will present the challenges related to persons with disabilities in each countries together, their efforts or social actions to overcome those challenges through culture and art. They will also discuss the outlook based on their activities.

Dr. Wachara Riewpaiboon [Thailand] (MD., MSc. / Dean of Ratchasuda College)
Ms. Rosalina Alexander McKay [Thailand] (President of  The Rainbow Room [A Special Needs Awareness Centre] )
Mr. Kazuhiro Nozawa [Japan] (Mainichi Shimbun Editorialist)
Ms. Koko Kojima [Japan] (Vice-president of Japanese Association of/for People With Intellectual Disabilities)

Moderator: Mr. Yoshiki Watanabe [Japan] (Former ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Japan to Kingdom of Sweden)

3:10 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Session 2
In Session 2, specialists in psychiatry or art therapy, and psycologists will be on stage. In addtion to their parctical reports, they will discuss the characteristics of disabilities, culture and arts, and art-based therapies that are developed based on their experiences.

Mr. Chumpon Shinapraphat [Thailand] (Art Therapist and Artist)
Mr. Tamio Sueyasu [Japan] (Professor in School of Nursing, Iwate Medical University / Japanese Psychiatric Nurses Association)
Dr. Aung Min [Myanmar] (Art Therapist and Filmmaker)
Dr. Valerie Jaques [Malaysia] (Psychologist)

Saturday, October 19 [Day 2]


10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Session 3
Session 3 is a session by those who have experience in producing and passing on traditional and modern performing arts with people with disabilities. They will explore the possibilities and strengths of people with disabilities through these artistic expressions and reconsider the meaning of art.

Ms. Shigemi Kitamura [Japan] (Dancer and Choreographer)
Ms. Dolores F. Cheng [Philippines] (Founder and Executive Director of Center for Possibilities Foundation)
Ms. Ayako Takaiwa [Japan] (Director of Iwami Welfare Society)
Sokny Onn [Cambodia] (County Director of Epic Arts)


2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Keynote Speech
Mr. Kenjiro Hosaka [Japan] (Senior Researcher of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Session 4
Session 4 is a session by curators from many different countries. The theme of the closing session"PLURALITY?ART BRUT, CONTEMPORARY ART, CITIZEN ART" will be deepened based on their curatorial experiences in joint exhibitions with Japan and activities that connect the arts and the disability field.

Mr. Suebsang Sangwachirapiban [Thailand] (Artist and Curator)
Mr. Sudjud Dartanto [Indonesia] (Curator at the National Gallery of Indonesia)
Ms. Misouda Heuangsoukkhoun [Laos] (Independent Curator, Social Worker)
Mr. Kenjiro Hosaka [Japan] (Senior Researcher at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

* Panelists and Program contents may be subject to change.
* For details of Panelists, please visit the BACC official website.

Event Details

Date & Time October 18 (fri.), 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (Open 10:30 a.m.)
October 19 (sat), 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Open: 10:00 a.m.)
Venue Multi-Function room, 1st floor at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

939 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Googlemap

Language English-Thai simultaneous interpretation available
Admission Free (Pre-registration required)
Registration Please send full name and contact details to E-mail: 
Organized by The Japan Foundation Asia Center, International Exchange Program Executive Committee for Disabled people's Culture and Arts
Co-Organized by Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan,
Inquiries Bangkok Art And Culture Centre

Tel: 02-214-6630-8 ext.519
Fax: 02 214 6639

This is the certified project of beyond 2020 program.