UOB Behind the Scenes Lecture Series

V&A (22 March)  |  Guerrilla Girls (26 March)

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Photo credit: The Victoria and Albert Museum 

V&A: the Civic and the Global

by Dr Tristram Hunt

22 March 2018 (Thu) | 7PM
Wang Gungwu Lecture Hall, Graduate house, the University of Hong Kong (Click here for map)

Language: English
Free Admission. Registration required.

Speaker: Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum

Dr Tristram Hunt discusses how the Museum’s founding commitment to art, education and industry continues to define its purpose today. From the new Exhibition Road Quarter and the V&A Gallery in Shenzhen, to exhibitions on embroidery, Ocean Liners and Opera, the V&A’s past bridges its future. 

Tracing the Museum’s genesis from its Victorian roots in the Design School Movement of the 1830s and its establishment as the Museum of Manufactures in 1852, he considers how the V&A’s British, Germanic, Indian and Oriental origins have engendered a world-class collection: a cultural lens to consider the Museum’s evolving place in the world today. Dr Hunt explores how museums can retain their relevance and purpose in our contemporary age of Brexit, Netflix and digital technology.

Dr Tristram Hunt became Director of the V&A, the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, in February 2017. Formerly the UK Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central, he served as the Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education. Between 2001-2010, Tristram combined his post as Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London, with work as a history broadcaster, presenting a range of radio and television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. He is the author of several books, most recently Ten Cities That Made an Empire (2014).

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Guerrilla Girls: Not Ready to Play Nice

26 March 2018 (Mon) | 7:15PM
Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, the University of Hong Kong (Click here for map)

Language: In English
Free Admission. Registration Required.



The Guerrilla Girls (GG) is an anonymous group of female artists who use facts, humor and outrageous (but fun) visuals
​to speak about gender and ethnic bias in the arts (which includes film and pop culture). Formed in New York City in 1985, the GG wear gorilla masks in public, hiding their identity in order to keep the focus on the issues, and because in theory, we are and can all be GG who want to draw attention to the gender inequality that exists not in perception but in institutional structures.

They are internationally well known, appearing in all major art events and in different educational and cultural institutions. They have appeared at the Cambridge University, Tate (London), Venice Biennale, Walker Art Center and across the globe in America, Europe, and South America.  They have appeared on front pages of newspapers, appeared on national television as well as engage with the larger public in diverse means.  The GG are covered in a range of different media, from fashion magazines to university newspapers, and public mass media.  This speaks to their ability to reach an audience that goes beyond the art world.

This will be their inaugural visit to Asia and we are proud that they have agreed to have their first performance in Asia at The University of Hong Kong.

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Organised by:
Faculty of Arts     

Department of Fine Arts      

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