Chloe Street meets Tiffany Pinkstone, Alexandra Mcmullen and Rainbow Ho, the trio attempting to help underprivileged children in Hong Kong through art-based therapy
nxiety is like a blanket that covers these children,” explains Alexandra Mcmullen, project manager of the Make it Better programme, an initiative of the Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) designed to help the underprivileged children of Hong Kong through art-based therapy. Initiated by the SAF in March 2015, Make it Better is the organisation’s first social responsibility project here and the first of its kind in the city.
According to the Society for Community Organization, one in four children in Hong Kong live below the poverty line. In collaboration with local charities and community centres, the SAF runs courses for children ranging in age from kindergarteners to teenagers, most of who live in Sham Shui Po cage homes and are recent migrants, primarily from Mainland China.
The SAF, established by Yorkshire-born art collector Howard Bilton (its chairman) and Tiffany Pinkstone (a director) in Hong Kong in 2003, is best known for the annual Sovereign Art Prizes it runs in Asia, Africa and Europe. Additionally, the foundation runs art-therapy projects in some of the most impoverished areas of Asia. Since its inception, the SAF has also raised more than US$4.5 million to help children who are victims of human trafficking, hard labour, sexual abuse, drugs or violence.