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.

Asian Art Essay Competition 2014-2015

150402 news essay prizeThis 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 2015
(Final year students)
1 September 2015
(Other students)

Previous winning essays are available here.



Fine Arts Society: Museum Visit

heritage dunhuangIn view of the exciting exhibition “Dunhuang – Untold Tales, Untold Riches” at Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Fine Arts Society organized a study trip on February 7th, 2015. The Society invited Dr Yeewan Koon  to tour a group of 20 Fine Arts students through the exhibition. They went  from one cave to another, experiencing how those fascinating mural paintings and sculptures would have functioned in their original contexts. Students examined the exhibits closely, and discussed the significance of Dunhuang as a religious site of art and archaeological importance.


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For more information on the Society’s activities, please visit their facebook page.
Photo credits: Fine Arts Society, A.A.H.K.U.S.U.