Behind the Scenes Lecture Series


HKU Faculty of Arts’ “Behind the Scenes Lecture Series” aims to bring high-profile speakers from the international art world such as artists, curators, art historians, directors of galleries or museums, auction house principals, conservators, to highlight the work of professionals who help to keep art accessible for audiences now and in the future, and to expand awareness of and appreciation for art.

Our past speakers include Larry Keith, Keeper of Conservation from the National Gallery, London and Marie-Louise Sauerberg of Westminster Abbey. Our past speakers include Larry Keith, Keeper of Conservation from the National Gallery, London and Marie-Louise Sauerberg of Westminster Abbey, Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A and the Guerrilla Girls.

Organised by:
Faculty of Arts     Department of Fine Arts      

Major Sponsor:


United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) is a leading bank in Asia with a global network of more than 500 offices in 19 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. In Asia, UOB operates through its head office in Singapore and banking subsidiaries in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as branches and representative offices.  UOB plays an active role in the community, focusing on art, children and education. It has, over more than three decades, held the longest-running art competition in Singapore, the UOB Painting of the Year, which has since been extended across Southeast Asia. In recognition of its contributions to the arts, UOB was conferred the Singapore National Arts Council’s Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award for the twelfth consecutive year in 2016. UOB also encourages its employees across the region to be involved in its regular volunteer activities. This includes the annual UOB Heartbeat Run which is held in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Established in 2015 in Hong Kong, the UOB Art Academy embraces UOB Group’s three focus areas of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives: art, children and education. It provides a platform to make art more accessible to the community, nurture local young artists and promote cross-cultural dialogue through monthly art outreach events, quarterly art exhibitions at UOB Art Space uniquely @ REGAL and annual art competitions.



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Established in 1988, the University of Hong Kong Museum Society (HKUMS) is a charitable institution to support University of Hong Kong Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG). HKUMS now comprises of 680 members and has developed into a vital force in promoting art and culture within the community.

HKUMS is governed by an Executive Committee comprise of volunteer members. The Committee organizes a variety of regular activities related to art and culture, including lectures and seminars, museum and gallery tours, visits to private collections and artists' studios, heritage walks and overseas trips. Proceeds generated from the Society's activities are donated to the UMAG for the acquisition of selective artworks, the sponsorship of special exhibitions and notable programs, as well as to The University of Hong Kong and the local community for the support of educational initiatives.