MARCH 2025

Collecting Against the Grain

Speakers: Sharon Cheng, Vernon Ho, and Bonnie Lau
Moderator: Luyang Jiang (President & CSO, The Baer Faxt)

The art world feeds off social topics, shock value, and trends. We invite art collectors Sharon Cheng, Vernon Ho, and Bonnie Lau to discuss their journeys in art collecting, and whether their approach to art collecting has shifted.

Tuesday 21 March 2023, 4pm

Blue Throat: Start the Churning

Speakers: Chris Wan (Curatorial Advisor, Art Central 2023) and Jeremy Ip (Curator and Founder, Wure Area, Hong Kong)

Curators Chris Wan and Jeremy Ip discuss the Fair’s special exhibition. With artist participation.

Tuesday 21 March 2023, 6pm

Drifting in (Art) Spectacle

Speakers: BAHK, Bev Butkow, Huo Yun, and Clara Wong
Moderator: Chris Wan (Curatorial Advisor, Art Central 2023)

Four multi-media artists gather to discuss their artistic participation in this year’s Yi Tai Sculpture and Installation Projects sector, the fair’s platform for immersive installations, in conversation with the curator.

Wednesday 22 March 2023, 4pm

In Conversation: The Art of Sound

Speakers: Henry Chu (Digital artist) and Elliot Leung (Composer)
Moderator: Emmanuel Hui (Music producer)

In this panel discussion, the conversation correlates with the making of The Metaverse Symphony—the world’s first symphonic work to be performed in both a concert hall and the metaverse—in May 2023. Co-commissioned by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Asia Society Hong Kong Center, the metaverse performance will take place in a re-creation of Hong Kong’s iconic Statue Square.

Wednesday 22 March 2023, 6pm

Making Your Name: The Trajectory of Contemporary Artists

Speakers: Lindy Lee, Ticko Liu, and Glary Wu
Moderator: Ms. Janet Fong (Research Assistant Professor, AVA, SCA, HKBU)

In this talk moderated by one of Hong Kong’s leading academic voices, three contemporary artists share their creative journeys and artistic practices, and what it takes to establish oneself in the art community and beyond.

Thursday 23 March 2023, 2pm

Looking Forward: Hong Kong as an International Art Hub

Speakers: Teresa Kwong (Programme Director, Hong Kong Arts Centre), Sunnie Lau (Director, MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node), and Sally Yeung (Curator, Po Leung Kuk Museum)
Moderator: Jennifer Pratt (Director, Strategic Partnerships, Artsy)

Hong Kong is quickly rebounding as a leading international hub for contemporary art. In this discussion, speakers from distinct creative fields share insights on how the Hong Kong art world is emerging from the pandemic—and what projects and patterns we can look forward to.

Thursday 23 March 2023, 4pm

The Healing Power of Art

Speakers: Grace Cheng (Director, Art in Hospital), William Chow (Associate Fellow, Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association), and Laurence Wood (Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, The Education University of Hong Kong)
Moderator: Joyce Ng (Head of Gallery and Exhibitions, Asia Society Hong Kong Center)

How can art help you heal? In this panel discussion, four voices will share their professional insights and raise questions about the therapeutic nature of art that may provide an added dimension to artmaking and art appreciation.

Friday 24 March 2023, 2pm

The Challenge of Curation

Speakers: Wong Sze Wai (Artist), Timothy Wong (Head of Arts and Creative Industries, British Council), and Zoie Yung (Independent curator)
Moderator: Prof. Yu-Chieh Li (Programme Director of MA in Curating and Art History, Lingnan University of Hong Kong)

The term ‘curation’ has been propagated into many forms. In this panel discussion, speakers will explain the ongoing challenges that they embark on through their local and international curatorial practices.

Friday 24 March 2023, 4pm

Teaching the Next Generation

Speakers: Bernardo Coronardo Guerra (Program Manager, Shuyan Studio, The ISF Academy), Alejandro Reyes (Director of Knowledge Dissemination, Asia Global Institute, HKU), and Michael Whittle (Assistant Research Professor, Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU)
Moderator: Amanda Lee (Assistant Curator, Asia Society Hong Kong Center)

Education has radically evolved in recent years. Invigorating our next generation about arts and culture, in particular, has been impacted due to the absence of in-person experiences. In this education-focused discussion, we ask our speakers to share their future plans about what to teach, and how to teach well.

Saturday 25 March 2023, 2pm

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