Career Opportunities: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Contemporary art history

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Contemporary art history

(Ref.: 201601330)

The Department of Fine Arts, HKU, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in contemporary art history. The appointment will commence on September 1, 2017, initially on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and with consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract.

The Department of Fine Arts has one of the best art history programs in Asia, with a particular focus on Western and Asian art, and with special strength in intercultural study. There are on average 35 undergraduate majors per year, plus a few M.Phil. and Ph.D. students. All instruction is in English. At present there are six full-time staff in the Department, and this post is one of two new positions being created as part of the Department’s expansion.

The appointee should have a Ph.D. degree before taking up the appointment. He/She will maintain a high level of research and publication, and will teach courses concerning contemporary art history and in other areas that extend and complement our existing curriculum. An ability to offer courses that give prominence to contemporary Asian art and which make use of the possibilities of Hong Kong as a contemporary art centre would be considered an advantage. Teaching load is three or four courses per year, with excellent library resources and funding for research and travel. For inquiries, please contact the Department Chair, c/o, tel. +852-39177040.

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience will be offered, as well as annual leave and medical benefits.  The Assistant Professor salary range is currently HK$645,900 – $998,280 per annum (roughly US$82,808 – $127,985 at current exchange rates). At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totaling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

Applicants should submit the following materials to a completed application form (341/1111); a cover letter detailing research plans and teaching abilities; an up-to-date C.V.; a writing sample; and three confidential letters of recommendation sent by your recommenders.  Applications should be submitted by January 2, 2017 (including all recommendation letters by January 13, 2017). Further particulars can be obtained at

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency

Prof. Clarke’s Photographs at UMAG

20160906 news clarke interruptions Interruptions: with photographs by David Clarke and essays by Xu Xi at the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) will open next week! All current and former students are welcome to its opening at 6pm on Tuesday 13 September.

“The spine of this current project is a series of interlocking images and texts that began with a single photograph selected from David Clarke’s archive. Xu Xi then wrote an essay triggered by—but not necessarily in response to—the photograph, which led to David’s choice of a second work. The 12 images and essays construct a fascinating palimpsest of memoir and artistic expression. By “interrupting” each other’s lives with a piece of art from a dueling medium, the artists were compelled to reevaluate their own histories and creative output. What is ultimately created is a form of linked poem or renga, though without the strict stanzaic limitation of that particular form…” Click here for the full official announcement (a Chinese version included).

Details of the Exhibition

Period: September 14 (Wednesday) to October 16, 2016 (Sunday)

Venue: 1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam

Opening Hours: 09:30 – 18:00 (Monday to Saturday); 13:00 – 18:00 (Sunday); closed on University and Public Holidays

Admission: Free

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Fine Arts Students at Art Basel 2016

As part of the Hong Kong Art Workshop, this year ran by Michelle Wong of Asia Art Archive (AAA) and Dr. Koon, in March, the students took part in AAA’s Open Platform Booth at Art Basel and talk to some of the experts and players who attend the fair.

The conversations used a speed-dating formula as a way for students to get to the point quickly and to enable a range of experts to participate. The theme of their discussion was on how non-profit organisations can shape public discourses about art at a time when attention is increasingly focused on the for-profit art market.

Guests were invited from eight organisations, including the Tate Public Programmes in the UK, the global Delfina Foundation, Casco Office of Art, Design and Theory in the Netherlands, and locally, Para/Site, 100ft Park, Robert HN Ho Family Foundation, Hong Kong Museum of Art, the artist Marysia Lewandowska and AAA. They each sat in the hot seat for 10 minutes.

The students quizzed the Director of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Eve Tam, on the difference between Hong Kong art and art from China. Marko Daniel of Tate was asked how art can be used to bring together people from different walks of life. Para/Site, 100ft Park and AAA were asked about the impact of politics on their organisations. Many other topics were covered too, such as the boundaries between profit and non-profit, how curators select artists, and how location affects a gallery’s impact. As one student responded: “It was a new way of learning and every single one of us was involved.”


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Asian Art Essay Competition 2015-2016

Asian Art Essay Prize 15-16This is a call for entries for the annual University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize. A prize of HK$2,000 will be offered to the winner. Please click on the image for details.

30 June 2016
(Final year students)
1 September 2016
(Other students)

Previous winning essays are available here.



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.