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Contemporary Asian Art: An Insider’s View

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Fees: HK$22,000.00


This program provides a broad spectrum of views into the world of contemporary Asian art. It provides art historical training that includes learning how to look and write about contemporary Asian art. With this as a foundation, we examine the market as a platform for contemporary art and the power of mega-art events and institutions to shift cultural landscapes. The final day will share meaningful ways to engage with contemporary Asian art, whether through careers or collecting. The teaching format includes seminars, site visits and discussions with industry experts. No prior experience in the arts is necessary, although we encourage active participation through group exercises, discussions and networking lunches.

Jointly taught and organized by the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Arts and Christie’s Education, this five-day program leverages the expertise of both institutions. The art historical portion of the program is conceived and delivered by the world-class faculty at the Fine Arts Department of the University of Hong Kong, while the art market-related component is developed by Christie’s Education.

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Course dates

14 - 18 May 2018 | Monday - Friday

10am - 5pm

The University of Hong Kong, Christie's Hong Kong and various locations


HK$25,000 Regular
HK$22,000 Early-Bird (payment by 13 April 2018)

Scholarship & Group Discount
Limited scholarship places available at HK$12,000; special rates for group of 3 or more are also available.
Please contact Ms Natalie Yip for more information.


Natalie Yip / +852 3917 4984

Monday, 14 May | How to Look at Art - Part I

The program begins with a series of seminars on how to look at modern and contemporary art. While these will focus on artists from the 20th century onwards, the emphasis will be on different approaches in looking at art. The aim is to equip participants with the tools necessary for analysis of works of art across different time periods and mediums. We end the day at Christie’s, where participants will experience object-based learning through handling works of art.

  • Introduction
  • Seminar: The Myth of the Modern
  • Seminar: Korean Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Seminar: How to Look at Art
  • Exercise: Object Analysis 

Tuesday, 15 May | How to Look at Art – Part II

We continue with looking at art from different areas in Asia, with lectures about contemporary art created in China and Japan, as well as a case study on female artists. This is followed by a visit to an art archive to see first-hand the importance of having a comprehensive independent archiving platform to collect, preserve and make accessible important art publications and materials to facilitate future art history research.

  • Seminar: Chinese Contemporary Art
  • Seminar: Japanese Contemporary Art
  • Seminar: Five Female Artists in Asia
  • Visit & Conversation: Art Archive

Wednesday, 16 May | Mapping Contemporary Art — Part I

We begin by having a group exercise on stylistic analysis so that participants will have the opportunity to apply the approaches learned in the previous lectures. We will then explore the relationship between the artist and the curator, and hear first-hand about their ideas, methods and practice. We end the day with a tour of one of the city’s newest art and heritage space, as well as a gallery crawl to experience what makes Hong Kong the vibrant art hub it is today.

  • Exercise: Stylistic Analysis
  • Panel: The Artist and the Curator
  • Visit: Art Space
  • Visit: Gallery Crawl

Thursday, 17 May | Mapping Contemporary Art — Part II

This part of the program will focus on how the market shapes our understanding of contemporary art. We will look at the different aspects of the art market and how the various roles have changed in the past few decades. This is followed by a group exercise to better understand the different channels available in art collecting. We hope to hear about the making of art fairs, which have the power of attracting visitors from all over the world to the host city. The day concludes with a visit to an art gallery, where we will hear about the gallerist’s visions and strategies.

  • Seminar: Mapping the Art Market
  • Exercise: What is the Best Place to Buy Art?
  • Conversation: Art Fair Director
  • Visit & Conversation: Art Gallery

Friday, 18 May | Art World Access

The program concludes with a series of case studies on different ways to engage with the arts, whether through consulting by leveraging relevant expertise, or being an art collector, and supporting artists and institutions through patronage. At the networking lunch, participants can have the chance to chat with select speakers, program alumni, and others working within the industry. We finish with a series of reflections and a graduation ceremony to tie together the learnings of the week. A CV workshop will also be available to participants seeking career opportunities in the art world.

  • Visit & Conversation: Collector
  • Networking Lunch
  • Panel: Careers in the Art World
  • Conclusion & Graduation
  • CV Workshop (Optional)

 *Lectures, discussions, and materials will be in English.

* Program details are subject to change.


Letter of attendance will be issued to participants who attend and participate in all sessions.
HK$25,000 Regular
HK$22,000 Early-Bird (payment by 13 April 2018)

Scholarship & Group Discount

Limited scholarship places available at HK$12,000; applicants must be able to demonstrate need and complete a short application. Special rates for group of 3 or more are also available. Please contact Ms Natalie Yip ( / +852 3917 4984) for more information. 

Yeewan Koon
Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Yeewan Koon is an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Hong Kong. She began her training at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, followed by her doctoral degree at the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU) in New York. She was a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, before taking up her position here in Hong Kong. Recent publications include her book, A Defiant Brush: Su Renshan and The Politics of Painting in Early 19th Century Guangdong (2014). She is the recipient of several research awards including a RGC grant (2014) for her new book project on the “self-knowing copy” in Chinese art, and a Henry Luce/ACLS fellowship in China Studies Collaborative Reading Workshop (2015). She is currently working on her new research on emulations and fabrications of Chinese paintings that challenge ideals of the original.

Glen Hardwick-Bruce
Programme Director, Continuing Education, Christie’s Education London
Glen Hardwick-Bruce came to Christie’s Education following many years spent in South Korea, Japan and Italy. Following thirty years of experience in Education, Publishing and Finance, Glen now designs and organises Christie’s Education continuing education art programmes in the UK, Europe and Middle East.Glen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaeology and Communications from the University of New England, as well as a Masters in Ancient Art and Architecture from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Apart from arranging courses on various aspects of art history, jewellery, wine and English country house visits, Glen presents programmes on Mapping a Career in the Art World in London twice a year and also runs an English Language for the Art World course during the summer.

Roslyn Hammers
Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Roslyn Hammers is an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Hong Kong. She teaches courses on Chinese painting, South Asian art, and Asian architectural history. Dr. Hammers received her BA from University of Pittsburgh and is a MA and PhD graduate of the University of Michigan. She was an assistant professor of art history and visual culture studies at Whitman College, Washington state, before taking her position at University of Hong Kong. Dr. Hammers has published the book Pictures of Tilling and Weaving: Art, Labor and Technology in Song and Yuan China (Hong Hong 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.

Ja Won Lee
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Ja Won Lee teaches courses on the art and material culture of Korea and China. Her research focuses on the exchange of material culture and the interaction between artists and collectors in East Asia. Her recently published essay “Pursuing Antiquity: Chinese Bronzes in Chaekgeori Screens,” appears in Chaekgeori: The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens (Seoul: Dahal Media, 2017). In it, she examines the growing appreciation for Chinese bronze vessels among Korean collectors and their depiction in ch’aekkŏri screens of the nineteenth century. Her current project centers on antiquarianism and transcultural movements in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Korea and China. Before joining the University of Hong Kong, she was a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Junior Fellow at the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, and lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Kangwon National University.

Program speakers are subject to change.
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