This five-day program provides a broad spectrum of views into the world of contemporary Asian art. We begin by introducing informed approaches to looking at art, and proceed to examine the mechanisms of the market and the power of mega-art events and institutions to shift cultural landscapes. We will also share meaningful ways to engage with contemporary Asian art, whether through careers or through collecting. The aim of this program is to equip participants with the tools to navigate the art world. No prior experience in the arts is necessary.
First offered in 2016, this program is jointly taught and organized by the Faculty of Arts of The University of Hong Kong and Christie’s Education, leveraging the two institutions’ respective areas of expertise. Designed with a hands-on approach, the seminar series will be complemented by site visits, discussions with industry experts, group exercises and networking lunches.
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.
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.
“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."