Young Friends has had an exciting 2016 as we end this glittering 35th anniversary year. We have enjoyed a number of events for YFs over the last 3 months, beginning with a collaborative event with the Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art. Thanks to their kind invitation to join their organized private tours of Richard Winkworth’s exhibition at Ping Pong and Fung Ming Chip’s studio, YFs enjoyed a very cultural Saturday morning strolling past the walls of Ping Pong decorated with Winkworth’s seascapes, and getting up close with Fung Ming Chip’s work and the renowned artist himself at his studio.
YF members were well represented at the last of the Friends’ 35th anniversary events, the Gala Dinner at the China Club where we supported and celebrated the auctioning of five stunning artworks by CUHK graduates. Old and new members were able to catch up and discuss various art happenings both past and future, surrounded by great company, good food and wine, whilst raising funds for the Friends and supporting our local artists,
The last of our events organized this year took place in late November, when we had a generous venue and drinks sponsorship from Eaton House for our annual welcome drinks. It was a great opportunity for all members to get to know one another a little better over a festive drink.
We also enjoyed free VIP tickets to Ink Asia in December to view the contemporary ink works on display.
The popularity of our YF drinks gathering has been noted and we plan to organize more in the early New Year before the art months begin. We look forward to seeing many familiar YF faces over the year to come. Do keep up with past and upcoming events by following us, and liking us on Instagram and Facebook!!
Young Friends coordinators
Young Friends had a promising start to the new 2015- 2016 year. We kickstarted the year by co-hosting a membership renewal gathering with Young Art Professionals at bar and restaurant, BIBO. We had a great turn out and welcomed many new members, with special thanks to BIBO’s team for all their delightful complimentary canapés, drinks, and insightful tour around their exciting art collection led by Justin Van Herwerden.
Our next gathering took place at Hong Kong’s hotspot, Ping Pong 129, where we were generously provided with drinks and canapés for all members. It has been very exciting to meet so many new young art professionals and art enthusiasts in Hong Kong who have recently joined as members. We look forward to seeing more of our new members at other Friends events.
The Young Friends committee is planning a number of events for this year: exhibition previews in the early months of 2016, a collaborative young artist project with institutions we worked closely with in 2015, and our annual young artist exhibition towards the end of 2016, so do keep up to date with our upcoming events on Facebook and come join us!
March was a most exciting month for the Young Friends. We were delighted with the offer of free VIP tickets to the Art Central Art Fair, where a private tour was set up for our members. Asia Week Hong Kong generously provided us with free tickets to Art Basel and included a private tour, led by art consultant, Jeannette Ten Kate. Both events were extremely popular amongst our Young Friends members. On behalf of Young Friends; I want to say a very big, “Thank You” to both organisations.
With great thanks to Elizabeth Lackey, who runs the Young Art Professionals programme, we co-hosted a very successfull ‘Meet and Greet’ event at Duddell’s. We filled the Duddell’s terrace and secured many new members for the Young Friends. As we received great feedback from this event, we hope to collaborate on many more activities with Young Art Professionals in the future.
On the 13th of May the Friends co-hosted a Young Friends x Le French May exhibition at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. The exhibition featured renowned French illustrator, Nicolas Vial, and five young illustrators who displayed illustrations in response to Vial’s most recent works on the theme of climate change. We enjoyed collaborating with Le French May this year and to have this exhibition at the Arts Centre was truly delightful. We hope that you attended and enjoyed the reception on the 13th to celebrate the opening of this exciting event. The exhibition continues until the 10th June. Young Friends wish to thank LuxSurety for generously sponsoring transportation for the artwork for our Climate Change exhibition at the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
As part of an outreach programme for the Young Friends x Le French May exhibition, we held an Artist’s talk and illustration workshop on the 20th of May.
We look forward to announcing our autumn events schedule soon. Be sure to visit our Young Friends Facebook Page
Young Friends of the Art Museum, CUHK
2015 will be an exciting year for Young Friends. Following the success of our 2014 Young Friends exhibition at HongKong Land’s Rotunda Space, 2015 will see Young Friends co-present another large-scale emerging artists exhibition in Spring. Details of this exhibition and our upcoming events will be revealed soon.
This year, Young Friends has set up a new Young Friends Committee, which will allow Young Friends to create more events for members in the years to come. I would like to formally introduce Cristine Li, Vickie Li and Sophie Selby, who will have active roles in the organisation of many of our Young Friends events.
Cristine graduated with First Class Honours in BA Philosophy and History of Art from University College London (UCL) in 2013. She is a Specialist Trainee at the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. Her keen interest in the arts, as well as geopolitical issues, have resulted in a variety of work experiences in the art world, from public relations for Frieze London and galleries in Hong Kong to conducting legal and cultural property research under Norman Palmer CBE QC.
Sophie grew up in Hong Kong and spent most her childhood developing an interest in Ancient Chinese antiquities while exploring Hollywood Road antique shops on weekends. Her mother's background in selling contemporary art prints and old Hong Kong photos fashioned her interest in the arts and Hong Kong history. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, she now works in Hong Kong as a Retail Fashion Consultant in resort wear.
Vickie is currently an associate buyer for the Lane Crawford Joyce Group. Prior to her transition to the fashion industry, Vickie worked as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Investment Banking Division. Although Vickie is from Hong Kong, she has lived and studied abroad in Paris, Beijing and the United States. She is an avid admirer of Chinese contemporary art and enjoys portrait painting in her spare time. Vickie received her B.Sc. in Civil Environmental Engineering with a specialization in Architectural Design from Stanford University.
I’m looking forward to working with Cristine, Sophie and Vickie. Together, we will be able to create many new opportunities and platforms for young art professionals, emerging artists and art enthusiasts to connect in Hong Kong.
Alexandra M K Choa
|Title:ART IN HONG KONG: A YOUNG ART LOVER'S PERSPECTIVE|
There are many things impressive about Asia’s abundant art culture, but Hong Kong happens to have, in my opin- ion, the most powerful and provocative young vibe to it that is, slowly but surely, getting more recognition for its exhilarating East meets West character. With Galleries such as Grotto, Pearl Lam, and Galerie Huit supporting young local talent, Hong Kong’s art scene finally has a place to curate the plethora of creativity that is often over- shadowed by Mainland talent.
M+ just about sums up the way in which Hong Kong’s young art scene has developed through the works of art- ists such as Tsang Kin-wah’s ‘White Porn painting’ series: pornographic sketches mystified with white paint. His ‘Ecce Homo Trilogy’ series also makes an exciting ex- hibit, where he tapes many letters and numbers onto walls as part of an installation piece based on questioning “the impartiality of a judgment, its existence, and the pow- erlessness of the one being judged at a particular period of time and environment”.
By young talent, I am referring to newly recognised talent, as well as those who are still living. One must not marginalise the word ‘young’ to refer to the age of the artist but instead to when they began to exhibit their work. Hong Kong’s exciting young and creative environment could do with nurturing the talent of its youth, so that their work could be recognised in Hong Kong earlier, which will, as a result, help build their confidence as artists. Hong Kong could learn from Augsburg’s Art Youth event, which allows two great local artists to hunt for twenty-five young talents in Hong Kong. The twenty-five talents then have the opportunity to be mentored by the artists who chose them for a final grand exhibition. Doing this will inspire the local community to embrace their creative po- tential more often.
|Title:YOUNG FRIENDS: ART TODAY AND TOMORROW: AT THE ASIA SOCIETY |
Proudly celebrating Hong Kong artwork this spring, Young Friends hosts their second event in April, giving emerging creative professionals in Hong Kong the opportunity to meet amongst an abundance of contemporary Hong Kong artwork
Date: 13 April 2013, Saturday
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Asia Society, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, HK
Artists: Tomato Grey, Annysa Ng, Samson Young, Kaho Yu, Teresa Wong, Jaffa Lam, Hung Keung, Siu Wai Hang, Chris Huen Sin Kan, Zaffer Chan Sui Ying, Ho Kwun Ting, Tung Wing Hong, Vivien Mok Ting Yan, Leung Hong Pok, Chan Kwan Lok.
Speakers: Catherine Maudsley and Melissa Lee
Live Music: Jeffery Chan, Angus Lee, and Charlie Yang
Free admission for under 30s.
Drinks and light refreshments will be served
|Title:YOUNG FRIENDS EXHIBITION: PERFORMING THE SHADOW: ART OF THE PAST AND VISION OF THE FUTURE|
Art by definition is everlasting. Artists express time dramatically in every medium. While these works display acts and expressions of emotion, the exhibition as a whole is a performance of art. From a dramatic perspective, the locus of an exhibition is sanctioned in the viewer’s taste and memory, but in its temporality, it juxtaposes art’s transitory nature against the timelessness of artistic expression.
Art exhibitions of today and yesterday are mechanisms for processing art history. They function not only as forecasts to understand creative expression but also as a performance of the past. It is this kind of storytelling that equates to understanding our time and place, and therefore something to be treasured and appreciated by all.
Date of exhibition: June 1 to 18, 2014
Artists on show:
CHAN Sui ying, Zaffer
CHOI Tak Yee, Barbara
HO Kwun Ting, Kensou
SHUM Kwan-hon, Stanley
Alexandra Choa, Coordinator
Young Friends of the Art Museum, CUHK