Alumni Appreciation Dinner 2022
Date: 26 September, 2022 (Monday) Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm Venue: Senior Common Room, The University of Hong Kong Participation by invitation; sponsored by HKU Development & Alumni Affairs Office and Senior Common Room, The University of Hong Kong
Career Talk: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
Date: 16 July, 2022 (Saturday) Time: 10:30am-11:30am (HK time) Venue: Online (zoom) Medium: Cantonese Registration: required, free Aiming to inspire and encourage students to find their own unique career path, this online event was actually a rather fun sharing among current and past students. The host, Nicole, had invited a group of five guest speakers, all being alumni (and alumni-to-be), who went through an art history training, similar to what our current students is under, and now contributing to different parts of the local art industry. Their roles vary from curating, underwriting, sales management, researching, and painting. They generously shared their individual stories. Time went by so quickly, and there were so much to talk about, that all our speakers could only hope this annual event may become a face-to-face gathering next year! Feedback "Thank you for organising this event, a very meaningful morning!" "Thanks for the sharing and all the advice!" "I think it might be better if the QnA session could be longer, but overall it's great. I learnt a lot about the industry through the talk :)"
One-on-one Meeting for MAAH Alumni and Students
Period: 22-29 August, 2021 Venue: Online via Zoom Registration: by invitation, free When new students feel they are part of a learning community, they become more motivated to engage and learn. Co-organised with the Department of Art History, we had our inaugural week-long meeting sessions for alumni and students before school began. This meet-up was encouraged though not mandatory. Students participating in the meeting sessions found it useful to hear from helpful alumni sharing their study experiences so they could better prepare for their master programme. Feedback "I expected the event to be an opportunity to understand the expectations of the course [and the] study environment, to ask questions and get to know faculty. The event met my expectations and made me feel more confident and prepared for classes to begin."
Into the Unknown: Young Alumni Sharing on Career
Date: 3 July 2021 Time: 10:30am-12noon Venue: Online (zoom) Registration: required, free Host: Ms. Nicole Fung and Mr. Mike Wong Alumni speakers: Dr. Chan Chunwa (Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, HKU) Ms. Madeline Lai (Project Coordinator, Art Museum CUHK) Ms. Carman Lau (MAAH Administrator, Department of Art History, HKU) Ms. Erin Li (Assistant Curator, Tai Kwun) Ms. Angel Yip (Assistant Curator II Chinese Antiquities, Hong Kong Museum of Art) Graduation is exciting but it may also be daunting. We understand the possible difficulties in getting the very first job in the art field, because we have been through it. Young alumni were invited to share with current and graduating Fine Arts students their unique career path. It was fascinating to listen to all their "complicated stories" as each had explored many different parts of the industry (eg. commercial, non-profit, archival, curatorial, educational, people-based, programme-based, object-based etc). Volunteering, internships, and part-time jobs might not come with fancy titles or promising contract terms at first, but to our speakers, these experiences opened one door after another, and enabled them to figure out who they wanted to be, and eventually added up to make them who they are now. Feedback "All the speakers were packed with information. I especially appreciated the detailed sharings about their daily tasks and their thought processes behind changing from one job to another. Thanks again for organizing this." "Thank you for holding the session today! It was nice to see so many people in the industry sharing their experiences
Walk Down Memory Lane
Date: 28 September 2019 Time: 6pm Venue: HKU Registration: required; free The Department of Fine Arts celebrated its 40th anniversary with almost 200 participants at Loke Yew Hall. Many alumni attended this homecoming dinner and met with old friends and teachers. Prior to the dinner, HKUFAAA organized a 30-minute Walk Down Memory Lane, showing alumni the current study environment on the Centennial Campus and sharing old stories that took place in the Main Building and in Fung Ping Shan Building.
Art Book Club
Date: Tuesday 28 May 2019 Time: 7pm Venue: Muse Wine Bar, Hotel Stage, 1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan Registration: encouraged; going dutch We hope to connect ardent readers to share their love of books and exchange peer reviews and recommendations. For this second get-together, participants had a casual chat over dinner about their recent favourite art-related book.
In 40 Years: Alumni Dinner Gathering
Date: Friday 26 April, 2019 Time: 7pm Venue: Hong Kong University Alumni Association, Room 101, Yip Fung Building, 2 D’Aguilar Street, Central Registration: required, confirmed with payment; $320/ person In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Department of Fine Arts, HKUFAAA hopes to build a unique and interesting portfolio, with materials gathered over a series of alumni dinner sharing.
Art Book Club
Date: Friday 22 March 2019 Time: 7pm Venue: Muse Wine Bar, Hotel Stage, 1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan Registration: encouraged; going dutch We hope to connect ardent readers to share their love of books and exchange peer reviews and recommendations. For this first get-together, a small group of participants brought along their favourite read of 2018 and shared their views and findings. It was an inspiring and cozy chat over food. Books covered Clarke, David. China—Art—Modernity A Critical Introduction to Chinese Visual Expression from the Beginning of the Twentieth Century to the Present Day. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2019. Meyer, Richard. What was Contemporary Art?. Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2013. 大衛．薩利著，吳莉君譯：《當代藝術，如何看》(台灣：原點出版，2018年) 姚謙：《一個人的收藏》(台灣：時報出版，2015年) 高橋明也著，黃友梅譯：《美術館，原來如此！從日本到歐美，美術館的工作現場及策展思考》 (台灣：麥浩斯，2017年) 楊昌溢著，《力比多記》(重慶：重慶出版社，2016年) 黎美蓮著，《香港藝術掠影：1949-1997》(香港：香港知專設計學院，2017年)
Coming Face to Face: David Clarke
Date: Friday 15 March, 2019 Time: 6:30pm Venue: MTRL Hong Kong, 10 New Street, Sheung Wan (https://mtrl.com/hk/) Registration: encouraged; free HKUFAAA hosted its first public event on 15 March, 2019. It was an evening gathering with Prof. David Clarke, who said goodbye to his HKU colleagues and students at the DEXIT party two years ago. This gathering allowed alumni and friends to catch up with each other, and to celebrated the launch of Prof Clarke's recent publication, entitled China—Art—Modernity: A Critical Introduction to Chinese Visual Expression from the Beginning of the Twentieth Century to the Present Day. Prof. Clarke as our honoured speaker explained the aim of this book project, the structure of his writing, and the vision that he has towards the field. Thanks to the support of HKU Press, we were able to offer a discount price of the book and participants happily brought home their own unique autographed copy.