Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong

Asian Cultural Council - Asia Society Series on the Arts: "Critics in Dialogue" with Art Appraisal Club

Date 2017-12-10 (Sun)
Time Registration and Welcome Reception 3:30 pm; Panel Discussion 4:00 pm; Post Discussion Drinks 5:30 pm
Venue The Hong Kong Jockey Club Hall, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
Free for Asian Cultural Council alumni and Patrons’ Circle members, Asia Society members, and Art Appraisal Club members (First come, first served); $60 for Non-members. Tickets:

The boom in art has ignited boundless imagination of what art can do for the society. Curiously, when we all look at art, it seems to evaporate before our eyes. Critics from the Art Appraisal Club will share their views on recent exhibitions, artworks, and artistic practices, ponder upon how audiences can get the most from the critical discourses of art and launch the biannual publication Art Review Hong Kong Issue #3.
The event is jointly hosted by Asian Cultural Council and Asia Society Hong Kong Center, in an effort to support the development of arts criticism in the region, and presented by Art Appraisal Club, an independent art critic collective whose founders include ACC Alumni and art critics. Calling out to all art lovers and friends in the arts, including artists, curators, administrators, and art critics, the event aims to create an accommodating platform for diverse voices to engage in in-depth conversations on exhibitions and arts events. It ultimately seeks to extend the reach of arts activities, appreciation, and discourses beyond existing audiences, and encourage more public engagements and participation in art criticism. The panel will select three to four exhibitions that took place in Hong Kong between October to December for in-depth review with the following focus:
  • What have been done well, what have not, and why?
  • What could be done?
  • How does the particular work relate to the overall practice of the artist?
  • How does it relate to the organizational practice?
  • Does it reflect any particular trend/phenomenon in the Hong Kong art scene? 
The panel discussion will adopt a round table format and take place on a ring stage, with the audience seated around the panel stage. To encourage audience participation, one to two free seats will be made available on the stage for audience to join in on the discussion. The selected exhibition/project will be on for discussion among the panel and audience for fifteen minutes each.
The panel discussion is a rare chance to hear the most honest reviews on recent art exhibitions and projects happening around us locally. The target audience of this event includes cultural audience and art professionals.

The six founders of Art Appraisal Club and panel speakers:


Chan Sai Lok is an artist, writer and art critic. The medium of his artwork includes poetry, painting and essays. He has won many literary prizes and is a frequent contributor to local art criticism. He was nominated as a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2017.


Kwok Ying (2014 ACC Fellow) is a curator and artist. She obtained her Master's degree from University of Arts London in 2004 and has served as curator of Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester, U.K. from 2006 to 2012. She also founded “Association” in 2009 with two U.K.-based artists to explore the “boundaries of collaboration”. She is the curator of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.


Jeff Leung (2012 ACC Fellow) is an independent curator and part time lecturer. His exhibitions are engaged on Hong Kong contemporary art and his writings on local art events and exhibitions are often included in overseas journals. He has managed numerous exhibitions in Hong Kong organizations such as Para Site and Hong Kong Arts Centre and also overseas exhibitions including the Para Site pavilion at the Gwangju Biennale and the Hong Kong pavilion at the Venice Biennale.


Leung Po San is an artist and critic, her work focuses on installation and performance art. She received her Master's degree in Art History from the University of Leeds, U.K. She has served as curator at Para Site and published her writings in journals including Twenty-First Century. She is now a PhD candidate in cultural studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Vivian Ting (2017 ACC Fellow) is a curator, art critic and researcher, her research focuses on art curatorship and museum studies. Ting is currently a part-time lecturer in Museum Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has also published her writings on numerous journals such as ARTCO and Twenty-First Century.


Yang Yeung (2012 ACC Fellow) is a writer of art and an independent curator. She founded the non-profit soundpocket in 2008 and is currently its Artistic Director. In 2015, she started independent project A Walk with A3, located at a back alley in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, to support the right of art to be in the streets and the right of pedestrians to encounter art as a daily experience. She currently teaches classics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Moderator - Angelika Li

Angelika is a curator based in Hong Kong and Basel who also serves on the Public Art Advisory Panel of the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway. She directed MILL6 Foundation, an inter-disciplinary, non-profit platform with focus on textile arts and culture in Hong Kong. Her work often suggests fresh perspectives and interpretations on traditional art form and cultural and historical context.

Through the Asian Cultural Council - Asia Society Series on the Arts, Asian Cultural Council (ACC) and Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK) jointly present a series of collaborative art events. The series features the dynamic, multi-disciplinary work of ACC alumni from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Asia.

The Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to nurturing and supporting art professionals, talented artists and scholars from China, Hong Kong, and Macau, through educational programs of cultural exchange in the visual and performing arts with the United States, and other Asian countries. It awards fellowships to artists and arts professionals that not only cover cash grants but also substantial program support, which includes professional guidance, introductions to artists and cultural leaders, and extensive logistical assistance.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK) is a leading non-governmental organization and intellectual hub that fosters cross-cultural understanding and promotes dialogue and better understanding of Asia. The Center provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a brighter shared future across the fields of arts and culture, business and policy, and education.

Art Appraisal Club was initiated by Ying Kwok with a group of local professionals to encourage critical thinking and effective discussions. The collective finds that there is a serious lack of art reviews and critical writing which does not contribute well to the artistic development and local art ecosystem. The limited amount of writings published often focused on mid-career to established artists, leaving young artists under represented. Since the beginning of 2014, the collective has been providing recommended exhibition lists, reviews, themed articles on a monthly basis, and published a selection of articles in City Magazine. Through exhibition reviews and themed journals, the group provides an insider’s perspective to interested parties, emphasizing the importance of discussion and dialogue among local art critics.