Gwangju Biennale Panel Discussion

A full range of contemporary art events took place in Hong Kong towards the end of March. On 23 March, we were delighted to have invited the curatorial team of Gwangju Biennale 2016, representatives of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, as well as local students and professionals in this field to come together at HKU for a panel discussion. The event started with a presentation by Binna Choi, curator of Gwangju Biennale 2016, exploring the potentials of a simple but fundamental question “What does art do?”. It was then followed by an inspiring conversation between Michelle Wong, assistant curator of Gwangju Biennale 2016, and Annie Wan, participating artist of Gwangju Biennale 2016. Johnson Chang and Dr. Koon joined their discussion at a later stage. The panel then opened the floor to questions. Students from different institutions participated with great enthusiasm and the Department shall look forward to collaborating with Gwangju Biennale for more ‘Infra-School’ satellite programmes in the near future.

Glimpse of the event:

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In Conversation with Cai Guo-qiang and Yoshitomo Nara

Asia Society collaborated with the Department to offer the public an opportunity to meet with Yoshitomo Nara and Cai Guo-qiang, at a conversation with Michelle Yun (Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society Museum) and Dr. Yeewan Koon (Associate Professor, Fine Arts Department, The University of Hong Kong). On 21 March 2016, despite the spring drizzles, our students, including the entire class of FINE2090, and an enthusiastic body of art lovers of various backgrounds and interests flocked into Loke Yew Hall to hear them speak. Simultaneous translations of English, Chinese, and Japanese, were provided for the event.

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Call for PhD/ MPhil Applicants

The Fine Arts department invites applications for a fully-funded PhD or MPhil in art history. Projects in any field or period of art history will be considered providing that suitable supervision is available. Application is through the HKU graduate school, where details of the application process can be found. The deadline for application (in the first clearing round) is April 30 2016, and the successful applicant will be expected to begin her studies in the Autumn of 2016.

Interested applicants are encouraged to consult the department’s website  and to contact Dr. Opher Mansour (Postgraduate Coordinator) to discuss the application process.

Caption Contest

There is a caption contest held for the two murals in Chi Wah Learning Common. Interested students may submit their cations, which should be 8 words or less each, to on or before 29 February 2016.

For more details, please click here.

Dr. Yeewan Koon: Radio Talk on Dunhuang Caves


Dr. Yeewan Koon had recently been invited to the RTHK Radio 3 programme “The Big Idea” to talk about the Dunhuang Caves with Dr. Mimi Gates, chair of the Dunhuang Foundation.

Click here to load the programme notes and listen to the talk.


Asian Art Essay Prize 2014-2015

Congratulations go to Shirley CHAN Bik-cheung as the winner of the 2014-15 Asian art essay prize sponsored by the University of Hong Kong Museum Society. Ms. Chan’s essay entitled “An Interpretation of Equestrian Holding a catapult in a Hunt by the Yuan-artist Zhao Yong” demonstrated an innovative analysis supported by original primary document-based research. The jury (consisting of Dr. Koon, the department’s undergraduate coordinator, Professor Clarke, and Dr. Hammers) considered Ms. Chan’s paper as particularly engaging and thoughtful.

Congratulations go to Ms. ZOU Yifan who was awarded honorable mention for her essay “Maturity of style, social network, and memory in the archaism of Wen Zhengming’s 1551 Zhuo Zheng Yuan album.

The Department of Fine Arts would like to thank all students who put in extra effort to submit revised essays for the University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian art essay prize competition. While we can only choose one winner each year, we appreciate the enthusiasm and accomplishments generated by all the applicants.

The University of Hong Kong Museum Society: The Pictures of Weaving

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The Pictures of Weaving:
In history and in the University Museum and Art Gallery

Speaker: Dr. Roslyn Hammers

Date: 27 October 2015
Time: 6:30pm (reception), 7pm (lecture & viewing)
Venue: Drake Gallery, Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, HKU

To support art education, the University of Hong Kong Museum Society would like to extend invitation for HKU students to attend this talk free of charge. Interested students should sign up directly with Elena Cheung at or call 2241-5512, noting that they are HKU students.

Please click here to read more about the event.

Postponing the Fine Arts tea gathering

The Department of Fine Arts is postponing the Tea Gathering that was to be held on October 6. This will allow interested individuals to participate in the protest march to defend autonomy at the University of Hong Kong. We will hold the Tea Gathering in January.

Cancellation of course FINE2088

Due to unexpected situation course FINE2088 Introduction to the material culture of China will be cancelled.

Fine Arts Tops HKU’s Research Output Ratings

The Department of Fine Arts is proud to note that in Hong Kong’s 2014 Research Assessment Exercise, 84% of our research outputs were rated at the two highest levels of 4* and 3*. This was the highest score among all programs within HKU, matched by only one other department.

To read the University’s general response to the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise results, please click here.