Different forms of urban art images are used in growing amounts to brighten up the urban space, to raise social awareness and to engage people in varying social projects around the globe. Through a close analysis of the art and charity projects of Kaid Ashton, a Canadian artist and founder of Home School Project, I will examine how the multiple levels and forms of interaction between arts, public space and charity projects can be combined and employed to facilitate each other.
PhD Minna Valjakka has specialized in Chinese visual arts and in her doctoral dissertation, Many Faces of Mao Zedong, she explored contemporary Chinese art depicting Chairman Mao Zedong. Since 2006, PhD Valjakka has also been following up the varying forms of urban art images in East Asia. In 2012, she won the three-years’ scholarship from the Academy of Finland to conduct a postdoctoral research project “East Asian Urban Art - self-expression through visual images in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul”. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at the Tokyo University of Arts, which enables her to study the urban art scene in Tokyo.