“Seeing China: Antique European Illustrated Books, 1667-1874”, an exhibition curated by students in the Department of Fine Arts







The First University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize

Dear members and friends of the Department of Fine Arts,

The Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong is pleased to announce that the winner of the first University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize is  Ms. Estella Hu Yue (BA 2009) for an essay entitled “The Political Import of the ‘Buddha’ and the ‘Foreign Kings’ in ‘Barbarian Royalty Worshipping Buddha.’” Please join us in congratulating Hu Yue! The winning essay can be viewed here.

The jury for this year’s prize has also awarded a special mention to Jennifer Chiang for her essay “Crossing Culture in the Blue-and-White with Arabic or Persian Inscriptions under Emperor Zhengde (r. 1506-21).”

We also wish to express our special gratitude to the University of Hong Kong Museum Society for their generosity in sponsoring this annual prize and funding the cash award of $2,000. The prize is open to all undergraduate majors in Fine Arts and we received nine excellent submissions from students who studied Asian art in 2008-09. The jury consisted of Professor David Clarke (undergraduate coordinator, 2008-09), Dr. Roz Hammers (specialist in Chinese and Indian art and architecture), and Dr. Yeewan Koon (specialist in Chinese and Japanese art).

Special thanks are due, finally, to all the students who made the extra effort to revise and submit essays originally written for their Fine Arts courses. Such efforts help the entire department raise our level of excellence in both teaching and learning.


Sincerely yours,


Greg Thomas, chairman
Department of Fine Arts
The University of Hong Kong
13 October 2009

Naoshima and Echigo trip

This July, a small group of Fine Arts students, Class of 2009, participated as helpers for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial. The Echigo-Tsumari AT (hereafter ETAT) is the largest international site-specific art project in the world. The students’ trip was made possible by the generous donation from The University of Hong Kong Museum Society and the Faculty of Arts.

Unlike other art biennales or triennials, the ETAT ambitions are driven by social and civic needs. As increasing number of the younger generation move from the countryside to cities, areas such as Echigo in the Niigata Prefecture have been badly affected by a depleting population. The demographic shift has led to abandoned homes, derelict schools, and neglected buildings that once served a thriving community. ETAT was devised to revitalize this area by introducing arts into the area and working alongside the local communities. The project require of its participating artists and volunteers an extraordinary degree of sensitivity to the existing conditions of the land in which their work will be shown, and to the sensibilities of the owners of the land.

Art on Islands, Art in the HillsOur students began their working trip with a visit to Naoshima, an island in the Seto Seas, which also comprise numerous site-specific and community based art works. Naoshima is working to develop similar regeneration programmes. Later, the group moved from the seas to the hills spending three weeks in the Niigata region.

Art on Islands, Art in the Hills, compiled by Fung Nok Kan Nicole, includes students’ writings about their journey. We have made it available online. Please click here to access the file.

Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia Conference

The Department of Fine Arts will host an international conference on Rethinking Visual Narratives from 8-9 June 2009.


Career Talks for Fine Arts Students

As part of our department’s 30th anniversary celebrations this year, we have organized two Careers Talks for our students. At each session, three alumnae of this department will talk about their current jobs and their experiences of working in art-related careers in Hong Kong. We have invited alumnae from a range of different types of art organizations so as to give our students some idea of the varied careers in the visual arts that past graduates have followed. Click here for details.

Fine Arts 30th anniversary dinner

Fine Arts 30th Anniversary DinnerAn alumni reunion dinner was held on Friday, October 24 to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Almost 100 people were present, and almost all years of our graduates were represented, from our first batch in 1981 to our most recent alumni from 2008. It was a nostalgia-filled evening and of course many photos were taken.

Fine Arts at HKU: A Pictorial History

Fine Arts at HKU: A Pictorial HistoryTo celebrate our 30th anniversary, we have compiled a portfolio of photographs that documented the people and activities of the Department of Fine Arts from 1978-2008.



30th Anniversary of the Department of Fine Arts

This year is the department’s 30th anniversary! In September 1978, Professor Chuang Shen with the aid of a few supporting staff members set up the Department in a corner of the Fung Ping Shan Museum. In that first year, there were 11 students who signed up for the very first course that the Department offered. In the 30 years since then, the Department has seen many changes: the addition of new teachers, office staff, and teaching areas; the move to the Main Building; and the growth of student numbers from a handful to over 800 in 2007-2008. We feel that this is an occasion worth celebrating, and we are planning several activities throughout the academic year in honor of our anniversary. The key events are listed below. Watch this space for more details!

  • Alumni dinner on October 24, 2008
  • Professor T.J. Clark will give the annual Shih Hsio-yen Distinguished Lecture in Art History on December 3, 2008
  • Career talks for current students in February 2009 (dates and details to be announced)
  • An international conference, “Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives” will be held on June 8-9, 2009

Fine Arts Department Brochure 2008-2009

Brochure 2008-2009






Dr. Carolyn Muir’s Radio Program: “The American Musical”

As part of a series of RTHK 4 radio programs featuring teachers from the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Arts talking about music that relates to their life and work, Dr. Carolyn Muir has hosted a program which was aired on Radio 4 FM on January 5, 2008. Titled “The American Musical,” the program explored the development of American musical theater ranging from early examples from the 1930s to the present day and included a variety of songs from musicals such as “Anything Goes,” “Oklahoma,” “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story,” “Cabaret,” “Company,” and “Parade.” The program may be heard by clicking on the following link: www.rthk.org.hk/ rthk/schedule/radio4/20080105.htm. Then click on “Works for me: HKU Arts Talk” and you will be taken to a page for the program itself. Click on “Listen” to play the program. 

Please bookmark the new Fine Arts Department Library website

The online catalogue of the Fine Arts Resources Centre has moved to a new website. Click here to enter the new website and update your internet bookmark for easy access in the future.

Fine Arts Department Brochure 2007-2008





click here for the amendment to courses offered in the second semester (FINE2046 to be replaced by FINE2057).

An Exhibition of Recent Photographs by Prof. David Clarke at the University Museum









Research Assistant Professorship in Cross-Cultural Art History







Simon Wan “Un Chau Street” Photo Exhibition



Fine Arts Resources Collection Web Catalogue

The Fine Arts Departmental Library Collection is now accessible on the internet. Students could check holdings of the collection, renew and reserve items on the web.

Click here to enter the web catalogue.
For details, refer to the Online Catalogue section.

Fine Arts Department Brochure 2006-2007








Department of Fine Arts to become part of a School of Humanities







2006 Student Field Trip to Kyoto: Photo Album








Outside the MC6

2005-06 Second Semester New Courses











Assistant Professorships in the Department of Fine Arts

Applications are invited for appointment as (1) Assistant Professor in Chinese Art History (Ref.: RF-2005/2006-222); and (2) Assistant Professor in Asian Art History (Ref.: RF-2005/2006-223) in the Department of Fine Arts, tenable from July 2006 or as soon as possible thereafter.  The appointments will initially be made on a three-year fixed-term basis, with consideration for tenure after satisfactory completion of a second fixed-term contract. Go to details.

Fine Arts Department Brochure 2005-2006









Head of the Department of Fine Arts

Dr. D.J. Clarke has been appointed as Head of the Department of Fine Arts from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2008 under the provisions of paragraph 2 of Statute XXIV.

Fine Arts Summer School 2005







Notice to Students on Writing and Submitting Assignments

1. Since it occasionally occurs that a student assignment may be mislaid or lost, students are strongly advised to make and keep a copy of any paper they may hand in. Students are also required to sign a department course form, in the department office, whenever handing in assignments or papers. Since material pushed under the door may not be recorded, this practice is strongly discouraged.

2. Students are also advised that, in future, the Department would like to receive a digital version of at least the text of any paper submitted. Such material should be kept on hand by the student, in case of loss or mishap.

3. PLAGIARISM.   The Department has decided to adopt a zero tolerance position with regard to plagiarism. Students are warned that they may be failed at once, if plagiarism is discovered. Students are further warned that the Department intends to use plagiarism software to detect such miscreant behavior. Plagiarism is dishonest, and equivalent to theft of intellectual property. Students are reminded that the Faculty of Arts is committed to rewarding original and honest academic performance, and punishing dishonesty.