Monday, 20 May
How to Look at Art - Part I
• Chinese Contemporary Art
• Japanese Contemporary Art
• Visit & Conversation: Artist’s Studio
Tuesday, 21 May
How to Look at Art - Part II
• Korean Contemporary Art
• South-East Asian Contemporary Art
• What is a Biennale?
• Visit & Conversation: Art & Heritage Space
Wednesday, 22 May
Mapping the Contemporary Art Scene
• Mapping the Art World
• Panel: Careers in the Art World
• What is an Auction?
• Visit & Conversation: South Island Cultural District
Thursday, 23 May
Behind the Scenes: At the Auction House
• How to Look at Art
• Visit: Christie’s Gallery Walk-Through
• Group Exercise: Object Analysis
• Visit & Conversation: Art Archive
Friday, 24 May
The Collector's Perspective
• Visit & Conversation: Art Collector
• Networking Lunch
• How to be an Auctioneer?
• Graduation Ceremony
*Schedule and topics are subject to change.
Dr. Yeewan Koon
Associate Professor, Chairperson, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Yeewan Koon is associate professor and chairperson of the Fine Arts Department at The University of Hong Kong. She has published numerous works including A Defiant Brush: Su Renshan and the Politics of Painting in 19th Century Guangdong, which examines how an artist produced iconoclastic works in response to the violence that besieged China in the mid-19th century. She is the recipient of several research awards, including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship to conduct research for her new book project on China trade art and the construction of Canton as a portable place. Koon also works in the contemporary art field as a critic and curator. In 2014, she was guest curator of the exhibition It Begins with Metamorphosis: Xu Bing at the Asia Society, Hong Kong Center, and she is also one of the selected curators for the 12th Gwangju Biennale, 2018.
Dr. Roslyn Hammers
Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Roslyn Hammers teaches courses on Chinese painting, South Asian art, and Asian architectural history. She was an assistant professor of art history and visual culture studies at Whitman College, Washington state, before taking her position at the University of Hong Kong. Roslyn has published the book Pictures of Tilling and Weaving: Art, Labor and Technology in Song and Yuan China (Hong Kong University Press, 2011). She was a fellow at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge University, U.K. as well as at the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C. Her interests include Song and Yuan dynasty artistic practices, the relationships between technological imagery and art, and the cross-cultural reception of art between Asia and non-Asia.
Dr. Chun Wa Chan
Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Chun Wa Chan teaches courses on East Asian architectural history, Japanese art, and Korean art. His research focuses on Buddhist art in early Japan, and his forthcoming book examines the intersection of material culture, religious space, and social identities in this period. Other avenues of research concern postwar photography, and its role in the historiography of East Asian art. Before joining the University of Hong Kong, he was a research fellow at the Institute for Research in Humanities (Jinbunken) at the Kyoto University as well as the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Kathleen Wyma
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Kathleen L. Wyma is an art historian and independent curator who specializes in global modern and contemporary art with a special research interest in India. Wyma completed her Ph.D. in 2007 at the University of British Columbia (Canada) with a thesis entitled The Discourse and Practice of Radicalism in Contemporary Indian Art 1960-1990. She regularly contributes articles and exhibition catalogues on Indian contemporary art, most recent publications include: “Poetics and Procrustean Possibilities,” Zakkir Hussain: The Procrustean Bed (Mumbai: Guild Art Gallery, 2017) and “Photography at the Edge of Representation: Rethinking Photographs of Rural India,” in Photography in India: From Archives to Contemporary Practice, eds., Aileen Blaney and Chinar Shah (Delhi: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018) and “Constructing the Eco-dimensions of Intangible Heritage,” Arunkumar HG: CON-struction (Delhi: Gallery Espace, 2018). Dr. Wyma currently teaches a range of courses in the Department of Fine Arts at The University of Hong Kong.
Director, Christie’s Education Asia
Sara Mao is the Director for Christie’s Education in Asia, overseeing the development of programmes across Hong Kong, China, and South East Asia. Sara joined Christie’s in 2008 as a Junior Specialist Trainee. Sara has curated over ten seasons of auctions for some of the most iconic paintings and important collections in the field. Sara is also an auctioneer for Christie’s, and supports numerous charity auctions, including Save the Children, Ronald McDonald House, Make a Wish Foundation, The National Kidney Foundation (SNG), and others. After receiving her B.A. in Philosophy & English Literature at the University of York (UK), Sara acquired her Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School (UK) and a Master of Letters in History of Art and Connoisseurship, with a concentration in Chinese art, from Christie’s Education and the University of Glasgow.
Associate Specialist, Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Christie’s Hong Kong
Asia Chiao (Stanford University, BA in Art History, MA in East Asian Studies, 2015) is a associate specialist in the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art department. For the past two years, Asia has been based in Shanghai helping organize the company’s Shanghai auctions and working with clients from across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Christie’s, Asia was based in New York working as a Gallery Relations Liaison for Artsy, one of the foremost online resources for art collecting and education.
Junior Specialist, Head of Online Sale, Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Christie’s Hong Kong
Based in Hong Kong, Ada Tsui is a Junior Specialist and Head of Online Sale of the Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art Department. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hong Kong in Fine Arts and Comparative Literature. In her current role, she is responsible for coordinating live and online auctions for Asian 20th Century Art, as well as cataloguing, preparing condition reports, researching, valuating properties, and business-getting for the department’s auctions in Hong Kong.
Fung Ming Chip
Fung Ming Chip (b.1951, Guangdong) is a self-trained artist whose calligraphic exploration began with his interest in the traditional art of seal carving. Since the mid-1990s, Fung's analysis of and re-engagement with the structure and materiality of calligraphy has led to his exploration of the possibilities for expanding or reshaping the time-and-space elements inherent in this unique art form. He has created over one hundred and forty new script-types, compose calligraphic forms that are based on his poetry, and through his markings (carving or brush) he examines how time is always a factor in making that crucial line. Fung's works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Princeton University Museum (NJ), and Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University (UK).
Head of Arts & Cultural Development, Asia Society Hong Kong
Katherine Don was appointed as Head of Arts & Cultural Development at Asia Society Hong Kong in October 2018. Prior to joining ASHK, Don worked as Head of Contemporary Ink Art at Sotheby's Hong Kong. Before that, she was a partner of Centerpiece Advisory combining experience in art law, appraisal and valuation and art advisory services for corporate and private clients. She also founded and directed RedBox Studio Ltd, an art advisory firm in Beijing recognized for producing bilingual art publications for Chinese artists and providing bespoke consulting services for private collectors and curators seeking to engage with contemporary Asian art. Her curatorial projects in Beijing, New York, Canada, and Spain had a consistently focused on works on paper, including contemporary Chinese ink painting. Born in Hawaii, Katherine holds a dual-degree in Art History and East Asian Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Art Advisor, Art Agenda, S.E.A.
Born in Taiwan, Eva Shiu joined Art Agenda, S.E.A. as Art Advisor in May 2017. Previously, Eva worked as Client Relationship Manager at Christie’s Singapore and assisted numerous Asian collectors in building up their art collections. In addition, Eva helped to put together and promote Convergences: A Special Sale of Singapore Art in Christie’s Hong Kong in 2015. It was the inaugural sale focused solely on Singaporean artists at an international auction, and increased the exposure of Singaporean art to international audiences. Before Christie’s, she worked as the Taiwan representative and art specialist for 33 Auction. At Art Agenda, S.E.A., Eva is sharing with new audiences, particularly Chinese-speaking clients in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, her passion and increasing expertise of Asian 20th century and contemporary art, particularly from the Southeast Asian region.
“It is the best short programme that I have ever taken. HKU & Christie’s aced the course in all aspects.”
“The speakers are infectiously passionate about art and with a wealth of knowledge they are dying to share.”
“Very informative. Inspiring speakers and a good mix of participants.”
“Great to connect with every level of the art industry, from artists, researchers, curators, dealers, collectors to the auction houses.”
“A good balance between classroom lectures and sharing of experiences from different art practitioners.”
“The combination of knowledge and practice - an excellent approach to learn about the art world."