An Insider's View

Contemporary Asian Art: An Insider’s View 

This five-day programme provides a broad spectrum of views into the world of contemporary Asian art.  We begin by introducing informed approaches to looking at art, and proceed to examine the mechanisms of the market and the power of mega-art events and institutions to shift cultural landscapes.  We will also share meaningful ways to engage with contemporary Asian art, whether through careers or through collecting.  The aim of this programme is to equip participants with the tools to navigate the art world. No prior experience in the arts is necessary.

First offered in 2016, this programme is jointly taught and organised by the Faculty of Arts of the University of Hong Kong and Christie’s Education, leveraging the two institutions’ respective areas of expertise.  Designed with a hands-on approach, the seminar series will be complemented by site visits, discussions with industry experts, group exercises and networking lunches.

Date: 20 - 24 May 2019 (Monday - Friday)
Time: 10am - 5pm
Venue: The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and various locations
Language: English


Dr. Yeewan Koon - Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong

Sara Mao - Director, Christie’s Education Asia

Dr. Roslyn Hammers - Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Chun Wa Chan - Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong

Asia Chiao - Associate Specialist, Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Christie’s Hong Kong

Programme Outline

Monday, 20 May | How to Look at Art - Part I

  • Introduction
  • Seminar: Chinese Contemporary Art
  • Seminar: Japanese Contemporary Art
  • Visit & Conversation: Artist's Studio

Tuesday, 21 May | How to Look at Art – Part II

  • Seminar: Korean Contemporary Art
  • Seminar: South-East Asian Contemporary Art
  • Seminar: What is a Biennale?
  • Visit & Conversation: Art & Heritage Space

Wednesday, 22 May | Mapping the Contemporary Art Scene

  • Seminar: Mapping the Art World
  • Panel: Careers in the Art World
  • Seminar: What is an Auction?
  • Visit & Conversation: South Island Cultural District

Thursday, 23 May | Behind the Scenes: At the Auction House

  • Seminar: How to Look at Art
  • Visit: Christie's Gallery Walk-Through
  • Group Exercise: Object Analysis
  • Visit & Conversation: Art Archive

Friday, 24 May | The Collector's Perspective

  • Visit & Conversation: Art Collector
  • Networking Lunch
  • Seminar: How to be an Auctioneer?
  • Conclusion & Graduation


HK$25,000* Regular
HK$22,000* Early-Bird (payment by 22 April 2019)

Special Discount*
HKU Alumni, Staff, Students/ Christie's Education Alumni/ Members of HKUMS/ WSJ+ Members can enjoy HK$1,000 off on Regular Price (HK$24,000) and Early-Bird Price (HK$21,000) 


Registration for Public (Regular Price)

 *Registration for HKU Alumni, Staff, Students/ Christie's Education Alumni/ Members of HKUMS/ WSJ+ Members only (Special Discount)

Scholarship & Group Discount

Limited scholarship places available for application (priority for full-time students).  Applicants must be able to demonstrate need and complete a short application.  Application deadline is 30 April, 2019 (Deadline extended).  Successful applicants will be notified by 10 May, 2019.

Special rates for group of 3 or more are also available.  Please contact Ms Natalie Yip ( / +852 3917 4984) for more information. 

Ms. Natalie Yip ( / 3917 4984)

Additional Information

• Programme details are subject to change.
• Seminars, discussions, and programme materials will be in English.
• Certificate of attendance will be issued to participants who attend and participate in all sessions.

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