Our Chair's message
Total : 15, Page : 1 - 2
"<p>Message from our Incoming Chair Peter Woo</p>
<p>Last year was another great year for the Friends. We conducted over 35 events that culminated in the traditional &lsquo;big two&rsquo;, the annual Garden Party, held at the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Annual General Meeting at the Dutch Consulate, in November. The Garden party saw the exhibition of some very high-quality works by the students of the University&rsquo;s Department of Fine Arts. Both events were very enjoyable, well attended, and reflected the dedication and organization skills of our volunteers and board members. Other talks, trips, and exhibitions throughout the year also saw excellent turnouts and were well praised. &nbsp;</p>
<p>These consistent achievements were in no small measure due to the leadership of our past Chair, Sagiri Dayal, whose hard work, diplomacy, patience, and commitment to the Friends provided the backdrop from which these successes could flourish.</p>
<p>During her time as Chair, Sagiri oversaw a very exciting 2016, the year of our 35<sup>th</sup> anniversary. The year&rsquo;s major events commenced with the Mughal Jade exhibition at the CUHK Art Museum, where an extensive collection of exquisite jade artefacts from the Beijing Palace Museum were displayed. The Friends devoted considerable resources and effort to support this major event. It was followed by the exhibition at the Rotunda in Exchange Square with works by 35 artists, all of whom were connected or had graduated from the Department of Fine arts at CUHK, and who ranged in age from young graduates to well-known and well-respected artists, such as Wucius Wong. Our anniversary year ended with the Gala dinner at the China Club, where our sponsors, collectors, and members mingled in a glittering evening. That all these events were greatly successful is a testament to Sagiri&rsquo;s charm and leadership skills. She took a great interest in strengthening the bonds between the Friends and the Museum. The Young Friends saw steady growth in its membership. Those of you who participated in last November&rsquo;s trip to India, led by Sagiri, will appreciate the hard work required to coordinate a trip of this nature. We are hoping that we can persuade her to lead another trip for the Friends.</p>
<p>So, it is with much sadness that we must announce that Sagiri has stepped down from her post after two years of dedicated service to pursue an even more challenging, though undoubtedly a happy task, in this year!</p>
<p>As I step into the chair, the Friends will continue to build its relationship with the University Art Museum. In this regard, we are particularly excited to be working with their Director, Mr. Josh Yiu. We shall continue with our grants and scholarships/internship programmes and look towards breaking new grounds with our resources to support the Museum.</p>
<p>Finally, a few words about myself. I have been a finance professional for most of my working life and have enjoyed practising calligraphy as a hobby for a long time. I met Sagiri through a mutual friend in the art world. The worthiness of the Friends&rsquo; cause, Sagiri&rsquo;s charm, and the friendly and dedicated board members soon persuaded me to take up the job as Chair. As my term begins, I would like to thank the board for their confidence in appointing me; the board&rsquo;s support will be crucial in every respect and I look forward to working with them for the future success of the Friends.</p>
<p>I would also like to express my thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, and members who have supported the Friends. I look forward to all your support in the coming years.</p>
<p>Peter Woo</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>"Date:March 2018
Abstract:

Message from our Incoming Chair Peter Woo

Last year was another great year for the Friends. We conducted over 35 events that culminated in the traditional ‘big two’, the annual Garden Party, held at the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Annual General Meeting at the Dutch Consulate, in November. The Garden party saw the exhibition of some very high-quality works by the students of the University’s Department of Fine Arts. Both events were very enjoyable, well attended, and reflected the dedication and organization skills of our volunteers and board members. Other talks, trips, and exhibitions throughout the year also saw excellent turnouts and were well praised.  

These consistent achievements were in no small measure due to the leadership of our past Chair, Sagiri Dayal, whose hard work, diplomacy, patience, and commitment to the Friends provided the backdrop from which these successes could flourish.

During her time as Chair, Sagiri oversaw a very exciting 2016, the year of our 35th anniversary. The year’s major events commenced with the Mughal Jade exhibition at the CUHK Art Museum, where an extensive collection of exquisite jade artefacts from the Beijing Palace Museum were displayed. The Friends devoted considerable resources and effort to support this major event. It was followed by the exhibition at the Rotunda in Exchange Square with works by 35 artists, all of whom were connected or had graduated from the Department of Fine arts at CUHK, and who ranged in age from young graduates to well-known and well-respected artists, such as Wucius Wong. Our anniversary year ended with the Gala dinner at the China Club, where our sponsors, collectors, and members mingled in a glittering evening. That all these events were greatly successful is a testament to Sagiri’s charm and leadership skills. She took a great interest in strengthening the bonds between the Friends and the Museum. The Young Friends saw steady growth in its membership. Those of you who participated in last November’s trip to India, led by Sagiri, will appreciate the hard work required to coordinate a trip of this nature. We are hoping that we can persuade her to lead another trip for the Friends.

So, it is with much sadness that we must announce that Sagiri has stepped down from her post after two years of dedicated service to pursue an even more challenging, though undoubtedly a happy task, in this year!

As I step into the chair, the Friends will continue to build its relationship with the University Art Museum. In this regard, we are particularly excited to be working with their Director, Mr. Josh Yiu. We shall continue with our grants and scholarships/internship programmes and look towards breaking new grounds with our resources to support the Museum.

Finally, a few words about myself. I have been a finance professional for most of my working life and have enjoyed practising calligraphy as a hobby for a long time. I met Sagiri through a mutual friend in the art world. The worthiness of the Friends’ cause, Sagiri’s charm, and the friendly and dedicated board members soon persuaded me to take up the job as Chair. As my term begins, I would like to thank the board for their confidence in appointing me; the board’s support will be crucial in every respect and I look forward to working with them for the future success of the Friends.

I would also like to express my thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, and members who have supported the Friends. I look forward to all your support in the coming years.

Peter Woo

 

 

More
"<p>Message from our Outgoing Chair:</p>
<p>I feel very grateful to have had the privilege of serving the Friends. I would like to thank all our members for their continued support. I would also like to thank my amazing Board, whose warmth, friendship, and commitment have been invaluable to me. I will miss all of them very much.</p>
<p>The past year (2017) has been a happy and productive one for the Friends. Our programme of talks, lectures, gallery and private collection visits; study group, day tours, and bespoke events has given our membership access to informative and amazing speakers and venues. In the last year we have also worked with major auction houses on some very exclusive events that offer our members opportunities for hands-on experience. Our events are well attended, and due to the tireless work of the Events Committee, they are always interesting and unique.</p>
<p>Our membership is growing, with a total membership of nearly 550 members. Our Young Friends are growing as well, and their membership is now up to almost 70. We are delighted to have this young dynamic section of our membership.</p>
<p>The Friends offered our members several varied and interesting trips this year. Immediately following our Gala Dinner last November, we travelled to Shanxi, China. Many of the previous chairs took this opportunity to travel with &ldquo;friends&rdquo; on this interesting tour. We were honoured with the company of Dr. Xu Xiaodong, the Museum of Art&rsquo;s Associate Director, who made this experience very special. Belinda Piggott, a previous Board member, and Keiko Packard, our former Chair, took the Friends to Japan on an &ldquo;Art Constellation&rdquo; exploration of the traditional and modern art traditions. And we visited Jingdezhen, the ceramic capital of China, accompanied by Dr. Guanyu Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Art Museum, CUHK.</p>
<p>To raise awareness of the Art Museum at CUHK and its role in the community, we made a concerted effort visit the new exhibitions. These visits were led by curators and researchers at the museum and gave us an extra insight into the collections and workings of the Art Museum and proved very popular with our members. In September, we held our first, &ldquo;Family Fun day&rdquo; in conjunction with the two Gold exhibitions at the Museum. It was well attended and we all enjoyed the excitement of all the children.</p>
<p>Working with Dr. Josh Yiu and Dr. Xu Xiaodong has been a great pleasure. They are unfailingly supportive of the Friends. Professor Joseph Sung and our Patron Mrs. Joseph Sung have also been unstinting in their support.</p>
<p>In June this year, we were once again the main sponsors of the CUHK Graduate Exhibition &ndash; The Art of CUHK 2017 &ndash; &ldquo;Nothing&rsquo;s Gonna Change My Love for You&rdquo;. We continue to support the students though grants, scholarships, internships, and residency programmes. This year we provided awards to six students, together with the Madeline Tang Research Grant were awarded at our Garden Party.</p>
<p>The Collectors Circle, originally launched in 2015, continues to thrive. We have established an annual Collectors Circle panel discussion that is one of the most popular events on our calendar.</p>
<p>The Friends line of products has been going from strength to strength. We produce an exclusive and reasonably priced range of wonderful products. This year, our newly introduced blue and white foldable shopping bag was one of the best sellers.</p>
<p>Two new Friends chapters were announced this year, the United Kingdom and Australia. Both London and Sydney have a membership made up of Friends members who have moved there and new members who are keen to be included in our activities. A number of very engaging events and tours have already been held and were well supported.</p>
<p>I would like welcome Mr. Peter Woo as our new Chair. Peter comes to us with a very special and unique mixture of a finance and a calligraphy background. I think this unusual combination will bring a breath of fresh air to the Friends. Our wonderful and super efficient Secretary, Emma Graham, is returning to the UK.&nbsp; Dan Maini, an ardent supporter of many years, will be assuming this role. The majority of the Board remains unchanged, comprising a team of dedicated and talented people.&nbsp;</p>
<p>I would like to thank you all for the tremendous support you have given me over the past two years and I know I will remain engaged with the Friends in one way or another.</p>
<p>Thank you all very much for your generosity and friendship</p>
<p>Sagiri Dayal</p>"Date:December 2017
Abstract:

Message from our Outgoing Chair:

I feel very grateful to have had the privilege of serving the Friends. I would like to thank all our members for their continued support. I would also like to thank my amazing Board, whose warmth, friendship, and commitment have been invaluable to me. I will miss all of them very much.

The past year (2017) has been a happy and productive one for the Friends. Our programme of talks, lectures, gallery and private collection visits; study group, day tours, and bespoke events has given our membership access to informative and amazing speakers and venues. In the last year we have also worked with major auction houses on some very exclusive events that offer our members opportunities for hands-on experience. Our events are well attended, and due to the tireless work of the Events Committee, they are always interesting and unique.

Our membership is growing, with a total membership of nearly 550 members. Our Young Friends are growing as well, and their membership is now up to almost 70. We are delighted to have this young dynamic section of our membership.

The Friends offered our members several varied and interesting trips this year. Immediately following our Gala Dinner last November, we travelled to Shanxi, China. Many of the previous chairs took this opportunity to travel with “friends” on this interesting tour. We were honoured with the company of Dr. Xu Xiaodong, the Museum of Art’s Associate Director, who made this experience very special. Belinda Piggott, a previous Board member, and Keiko Packard, our former Chair, took the Friends to Japan on an “Art Constellation” exploration of the traditional and modern art traditions. And we visited Jingdezhen, the ceramic capital of China, accompanied by Dr. Guanyu Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Art Museum, CUHK.

To raise awareness of the Art Museum at CUHK and its role in the community, we made a concerted effort visit the new exhibitions. These visits were led by curators and researchers at the museum and gave us an extra insight into the collections and workings of the Art Museum and proved very popular with our members. In September, we held our first, “Family Fun day” in conjunction with the two Gold exhibitions at the Museum. It was well attended and we all enjoyed the excitement of all the children.

Working with Dr. Josh Yiu and Dr. Xu Xiaodong has been a great pleasure. They are unfailingly supportive of the Friends. Professor Joseph Sung and our Patron Mrs. Joseph Sung have also been unstinting in their support.

In June this year, we were once again the main sponsors of the CUHK Graduate Exhibition – The Art of CUHK 2017 – “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You”. We continue to support the students though grants, scholarships, internships, and residency programmes. This year we provided awards to six students, together with the Madeline Tang Research Grant were awarded at our Garden Party.

The Collectors Circle, originally launched in 2015, continues to thrive. We have established an annual Collectors Circle panel discussion that is one of the most popular events on our calendar.

The Friends line of products has been going from strength to strength. We produce an exclusive and reasonably priced range of wonderful products. This year, our newly introduced blue and white foldable shopping bag was one of the best sellers.

Two new Friends chapters were announced this year, the United Kingdom and Australia. Both London and Sydney have a membership made up of Friends members who have moved there and new members who are keen to be included in our activities. A number of very engaging events and tours have already been held and were well supported.

I would like welcome Mr. Peter Woo as our new Chair. Peter comes to us with a very special and unique mixture of a finance and a calligraphy background. I think this unusual combination will bring a breath of fresh air to the Friends. Our wonderful and super efficient Secretary, Emma Graham, is returning to the UK.  Dan Maini, an ardent supporter of many years, will be assuming this role. The majority of the Board remains unchanged, comprising a team of dedicated and talented people. 

I would like to thank you all for the tremendous support you have given me over the past two years and I know I will remain engaged with the Friends in one way or another.

Thank you all very much for your generosity and friendship

Sagiri Dayal

More
"<p>I feel very grateful to have had the privilege of serving the Friends. I would like to thank all our members for their continued support. I would also like to thank my amazing Board, whose warmth, friendship, and commitment have been invaluable to me. I will miss all of them very much.</p>
<p>This past year has been a happy and productive one for the Friends. Our programme of talks, lectures, gallery and private collection visits; study group, day tours, and bespoke events has given our membership access to informative and amazing speakers and venues. In the last year we have also worked with major auction houses on some very exclusive events that offer our members opportunities for hands-on experience. Our events are well attended, and due to the tireless work of the Events Committee, they are always interesting and unique.</p>
<p>Our membership is growing, with a total membership of nearly 550 members. Our Young Friends are growing as well, and their membership is now up to almost 70. We are delighted to have this young dynamic section of our membership.</p>
<p>The Friends offered our members several varied and interesting trips this year. Immediately following our Gala Dinner last November, we travelled to Shanxi, China. Many of the previous chairs took this opportunity to travel with &ldquo;friends&rdquo; on this interesting tour. We were honoured with the company of Dr. Xu Xiaodong, the Museum of Art&rsquo;s Associate Director, who made this experience very special. Belinda Piggott, a previous Board member, and Keiko Packard, our former Chair, took the Friends to Japan on an &ldquo;Art Constellation&rdquo; exploration of the traditional and modern art traditions. And we visited Jingdezhen, the ceramic capital of China, accompanied by Dr. Guanyu Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Art Museum, CUHK.</p>
<p>To raise awareness of the Art Museum at CUHK and its role in the community, we made a concerted effort visit the new exhibitions. These visits were led by curators and researchers at the museum and gave us an extra insight into the collections and workings of the Art Museum and proved very popular with our members. In September, we held our first, &ldquo;Family Fun day&rdquo; in conjunction with the two Gold exhibitions at the Museum. It was well attended and we all enjoyed the excitement of all the children.</p>
<p>Working with Dr. Josh Yiu and Dr. Xu Xiaodong has been a great pleasure. They are unfailingly supportive of the Friends. Professor Joseph Sung and our Patron Mrs. Joseph Sung have also been unstinting in their support.</p>
<p>In June this year, we were once again the main sponsors of the CUHK Graduate Exhibition &ndash; The Art of CUHK 2017 &ndash; &ldquo;Nothing&rsquo;s Gonna Change My Love for You&rdquo;. We continue to support the students through grants, scholarships, internships, and residency programmes. This year we provided awards to six students, together with the Madeline Tang Research Grant were awarded at our Garden Party.</p>
<p>The Collectors Circle, originally launched in 2015, continues to thrive. We have established an annual Collectors Circle panel discussion that is one of the most popular events on our calendar.</p>
<p>The Friends line of products has been going from strength to strength. We produce an exclusive and reasonably priced range of wonderful products. This year, our newly introduced blue and white foldable shopping bag was one of the best sellers.</p>
<p>Two new Friends chapters were announced this year, the United Kingdom and Australia. Both London and Sydney have a membership made up of Friends members who have moved there and new members who are keen to be included in our activities. A number of very engaging events and tours have already been held and were well supported.</p>
<p>I would like welcome Mr. Peter Woo as our new Chair. Peter comes to us with a very special and unique mixture of a finance and a calligraphy background. I think this unusual combination will bring a breath of fresh air to the Friends. Our wonderful and super efficient Secretary, Emma Graham, is returning to the UK.&nbsp; Dan Maini, an ardent supporter of many years, will be assuming this role. The majority of the Board remains unchanged, comprising a team of dedicated and talented people.&nbsp;</p>
<p>I would like to thank you all for the tremendous support you have given me over the past two years and I know I will remain engaged with the Friends in one way or another.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Thank you all very much for your generosity and friendship</p>
<p>Sagiri Dayal</p>"Date:Autumn 2017
Abstract:

I feel very grateful to have had the privilege of serving the Friends. I would like to thank all our members for their continued support. I would also like to thank my amazing Board, whose warmth, friendship, and commitment have been invaluable to me. I will miss all of them very much.

This past year has been a happy and productive one for the Friends. Our programme of talks, lectures, gallery and private collection visits; study group, day tours, and bespoke events has given our membership access to informative and amazing speakers and venues. In the last year we have also worked with major auction houses on some very exclusive events that offer our members opportunities for hands-on experience. Our events are well attended, and due to the tireless work of the Events Committee, they are always interesting and unique.

Our membership is growing, with a total membership of nearly 550 members. Our Young Friends are growing as well, and their membership is now up to almost 70. We are delighted to have this young dynamic section of our membership.

The Friends offered our members several varied and interesting trips this year. Immediately following our Gala Dinner last November, we travelled to Shanxi, China. Many of the previous chairs took this opportunity to travel with “friends” on this interesting tour. We were honoured with the company of Dr. Xu Xiaodong, the Museum of Art’s Associate Director, who made this experience very special. Belinda Piggott, a previous Board member, and Keiko Packard, our former Chair, took the Friends to Japan on an “Art Constellation” exploration of the traditional and modern art traditions. And we visited Jingdezhen, the ceramic capital of China, accompanied by Dr. Guanyu Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Art Museum, CUHK.

To raise awareness of the Art Museum at CUHK and its role in the community, we made a concerted effort visit the new exhibitions. These visits were led by curators and researchers at the museum and gave us an extra insight into the collections and workings of the Art Museum and proved very popular with our members. In September, we held our first, “Family Fun day” in conjunction with the two Gold exhibitions at the Museum. It was well attended and we all enjoyed the excitement of all the children.

Working with Dr. Josh Yiu and Dr. Xu Xiaodong has been a great pleasure. They are unfailingly supportive of the Friends. Professor Joseph Sung and our Patron Mrs. Joseph Sung have also been unstinting in their support.

In June this year, we were once again the main sponsors of the CUHK Graduate Exhibition – The Art of CUHK 2017 – “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You”. We continue to support the students through grants, scholarships, internships, and residency programmes. This year we provided awards to six students, together with the Madeline Tang Research Grant were awarded at our Garden Party.

The Collectors Circle, originally launched in 2015, continues to thrive. We have established an annual Collectors Circle panel discussion that is one of the most popular events on our calendar.

The Friends line of products has been going from strength to strength. We produce an exclusive and reasonably priced range of wonderful products. This year, our newly introduced blue and white foldable shopping bag was one of the best sellers.

Two new Friends chapters were announced this year, the United Kingdom and Australia. Both London and Sydney have a membership made up of Friends members who have moved there and new members who are keen to be included in our activities. A number of very engaging events and tours have already been held and were well supported.

I would like welcome Mr. Peter Woo as our new Chair. Peter comes to us with a very special and unique mixture of a finance and a calligraphy background. I think this unusual combination will bring a breath of fresh air to the Friends. Our wonderful and super efficient Secretary, Emma Graham, is returning to the UK.  Dan Maini, an ardent supporter of many years, will be assuming this role. The majority of the Board remains unchanged, comprising a team of dedicated and talented people. 

I would like to thank you all for the tremendous support you have given me over the past two years and I know I will remain engaged with the Friends in one way or another. 

Thank you all very much for your generosity and friendship

Sagiri Dayal

More
"<p>I want to share with everyone a most wonderful experience I had in San Francisco last month. A friend recommended a gallery called Rena Bransten Gallery. I arrived just as they were opening an exhibition of Hung Lui &ndash; an incredible young Chinese artist based in the Bay area. The owner, Rena, and I started to talk and quickly discovered a Friends CUHK connection. The previous exhibition had featured Bovey Lee, a CUHK graduate who had taken part in our 35<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Art show, <em>Nurturing Creativity</em>. The Bovey Lee exhibition had been very successful. Ms. Bransten put me in touch with Bovey, who is currently living and working in LA. It was one of the highlights of my trip. I felt very proud that a CUHK graduate was exhibited in an established gallery and showcasing the creativity, skills, and knowledge of their CUHK education.</p>
<p>The Friends had a very busy Spring with many varied and interesting events, studio visits, and lectures. In March, we had a lively panel discussion followed by cocktails at the home of the Dutch Consul General. The speakers shared their insights on the art market and trends, and our members and guests also enjoyed the beautiful colonial residence and garden of the Consul General &ndash; quite a treat for most of us.</p>
<p>Soon after that we had a day trip to Macau. Konstantin Bessmertny gave us a guided tour of his exhibition, sharing details about the process, execution, and installation. We also visited his studio and saw works in progress and special commissions. The day was divided by a wonderful lunch at Club Militar&ndash; a magnificent colonial military building that now serves as a restaurant.</p>
<p>Dr. Sylvia Lee, the curator of the exhibition, <em>Her distinguished Brushworks</em>: <em>paintings by artist Li Yin</em> at the Art Museum CUHK, led a special tour for the Friends providing details that made it come to life.</p>
<p>Our event - <em>Tea at Sothebys - Diamonds and other beautiful things</em> was very popular, as was <em>Farewell to Honeychurch: Antiques Roadshow</em>. It was a great way to bid farewell to a loved and respected antique destination on Hollywood Road. Many of our members have been going there for decades and were glad of the opportunity to engage with John and Laurie one last time.</p>
<p>At the end of May, the Friends were, once again, one of the chief sponsors of the CUHK 2017 Graduation Exhibition &ndash; <em>Nothing&rsquo;s gonna change my love for you</em>. The students exhibited their graduating projects at the museum. It was an amazing collection of work and we wish all of them the very best in their future endeavours.</p>
<p>The Gallery tour visited three galleries in Wong Chuk Hang. Despite the very wet day, we viewed three exhibitions, ending with lunch at the Sin Sin Atelier. Our studio visit to Latitude 22N Ceramics Arts was a great introduction to ceramics and extremely interesting for those who will travel with us to Jingdezhen in September.</p>
<p>The Young Friends had a full day tour to the unique Hi! Heritage Houses. They were joined by artists Wilson Shieh and Lam Tung Pang, who are part of the project to re-think the use of these houses. The event was well attended by Young Friends members and young art professionals.</p>
<p>We have some very interesting events lined up for the Summer schedule, including a revival of the Corporate Art Collection Series. Please check the newsletter or website for full details of the events.</p>
<p>I would like to wish everyone a fun and happy summer. If you are travelling to visit friends and family have a wonderful time. If you are off to explore new places &ndash; enjoy the experience. Safe travels!</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Sagiri Dayal</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>"Date:Summer 2017
Abstract:

I want to share with everyone a most wonderful experience I had in San Francisco last month. A friend recommended a gallery called Rena Bransten Gallery. I arrived just as they were opening an exhibition of Hung Lui – an incredible young Chinese artist based in the Bay area. The owner, Rena, and I started to talk and quickly discovered a Friends CUHK connection. The previous exhibition had featured Bovey Lee, a CUHK graduate who had taken part in our 35th Anniversary Art show, Nurturing Creativity. The Bovey Lee exhibition had been very successful. Ms. Bransten put me in touch with Bovey, who is currently living and working in LA. It was one of the highlights of my trip. I felt very proud that a CUHK graduate was exhibited in an established gallery and showcasing the creativity, skills, and knowledge of their CUHK education.

The Friends had a very busy Spring with many varied and interesting events, studio visits, and lectures. In March, we had a lively panel discussion followed by cocktails at the home of the Dutch Consul General. The speakers shared their insights on the art market and trends, and our members and guests also enjoyed the beautiful colonial residence and garden of the Consul General – quite a treat for most of us.

Soon after that we had a day trip to Macau. Konstantin Bessmertny gave us a guided tour of his exhibition, sharing details about the process, execution, and installation. We also visited his studio and saw works in progress and special commissions. The day was divided by a wonderful lunch at Club Militar– a magnificent colonial military building that now serves as a restaurant.

Dr. Sylvia Lee, the curator of the exhibition, Her distinguished Brushworks: paintings by artist Li Yin at the Art Museum CUHK, led a special tour for the Friends providing details that made it come to life.

Our event - Tea at Sothebys - Diamonds and other beautiful things was very popular, as was Farewell to Honeychurch: Antiques Roadshow. It was a great way to bid farewell to a loved and respected antique destination on Hollywood Road. Many of our members have been going there for decades and were glad of the opportunity to engage with John and Laurie one last time.

At the end of May, the Friends were, once again, one of the chief sponsors of the CUHK 2017 Graduation Exhibition – Nothing’s gonna change my love for you. The students exhibited their graduating projects at the museum. It was an amazing collection of work and we wish all of them the very best in their future endeavours.

The Gallery tour visited three galleries in Wong Chuk Hang. Despite the very wet day, we viewed three exhibitions, ending with lunch at the Sin Sin Atelier. Our studio visit to Latitude 22N Ceramics Arts was a great introduction to ceramics and extremely interesting for those who will travel with us to Jingdezhen in September.

The Young Friends had a full day tour to the unique Hi! Heritage Houses. They were joined by artists Wilson Shieh and Lam Tung Pang, who are part of the project to re-think the use of these houses. The event was well attended by Young Friends members and young art professionals.

We have some very interesting events lined up for the Summer schedule, including a revival of the Corporate Art Collection Series. Please check the newsletter or website for full details of the events.

I would like to wish everyone a fun and happy summer. If you are travelling to visit friends and family have a wonderful time. If you are off to explore new places – enjoy the experience. Safe travels!

 

Sagiri Dayal

 

More
"<p>Happy New Year! I hope that you had a fun holiday season with family and friends. I welcome you back to another year with the Friends and look forward to seeing you at the various wonderful programmes we have planned for the Spring.</p>
<p>Our 35th anniversary celebrations ended with the Gala Dinner on the 10th November. It was a fantastic evening with old friends and new, and the warmth and friendship in the room was wonderful. We were pleased that several previous Chairs attended the dinner, which was a testament to the devotion the Friends instils in its members. Our previous chair, Dominica Yang, presented the Art Museum with several gifts from funds raised by the 35<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Collectors Circle, which was launched during her term.</p>
<p>Due to our very hectic fall schedule, we missed our annual Garden Party, which is usually an opportunity for the students to display their work, and a much-anticipated event for our members.&nbsp; So, we decided to include the student art show at our Annual General Meeting; slightly unconventional, but successful for the students and our members.&nbsp; The event was supported by our host, Willis Towers Watson.&nbsp; Many thanks to Rhiannon Alban Davies and her wonderful team who made it possible. Rhiannon was also our AGM speaker with amusing tales of misadventures in the art world.</p>
<p>The AGM also gave us an opportunity to present our annual student awards. We presented 12 awards from the Friends and one from the Madeline Tang Foundation to some talented and gifted artists. It is such a pleasure for the Friends to support young artists through these awards. We are proud that previous award recipients have gone on to be represented by local and international art galleries and their work has been exhibited at major art fairs.</p>
<p>The Friends&rsquo; board has had some changes. Cynthia Lackey, our vice-chair and products person, is returning home. We will miss her quiet, efficient, and effective presence. Candice Lee is taking over from Cynthia and I look forward to tapping into her Asia Week experience. Linda Ferguson is co-ordinating events with great gusto, and I am absolutely delighted with her energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge. Jennifer Kozel is taking responsibility for managing products and she brings with her a great deal of museum experience. We will miss Laure Raibaut&rsquo;s knowledge and experience, as she steps down this year. Vicki Li is joining the board as our second Young Friends representative, and as the Young Friends membership continues to grow, I am sure she will be very busy organising interesting and unusual events. Gillian Kew and Therese Lesaffre are both remaining on the board, but with reduced responsibilities.</p>
<p>There are a lot of things happening this spring, so please watch out for details in the FFF. Study group will focus on focus on architecture this Spring. And our gallery group tours are starting again. We hope to bring you a wide variety of events; from private collections and artist studio visits to museum exhibitions and art fairs. I look forward to seeing you at these various events.</p>
<p>We have four travel destinations planned for this year. The itineraries have been carefully considered to be interesting and exciting.&nbsp; We expect them to be popular, so book early to avoid disappointment. &nbsp;</p>
<p>Please have a look at our products pages. We have some wonderful new products that are very reasonably priced, especially the shopping bags.</p>
<p>I would like to thank Pearl Lam for being our Newsletter sponsor. Without this support, we would be unable to produce this high-quality publication.</p>
<p>Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy year of the Rooster.</p>"Date:Spring 2017
Abstract:

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a fun holiday season with family and friends. I welcome you back to another year with the Friends and look forward to seeing you at the various wonderful programmes we have planned for the Spring.

Our 35th anniversary celebrations ended with the Gala Dinner on the 10th November. It was a fantastic evening with old friends and new, and the warmth and friendship in the room was wonderful. We were pleased that several previous Chairs attended the dinner, which was a testament to the devotion the Friends instils in its members. Our previous chair, Dominica Yang, presented the Art Museum with several gifts from funds raised by the 35th Anniversary Collectors Circle, which was launched during her term.

Due to our very hectic fall schedule, we missed our annual Garden Party, which is usually an opportunity for the students to display their work, and a much-anticipated event for our members.  So, we decided to include the student art show at our Annual General Meeting; slightly unconventional, but successful for the students and our members.  The event was supported by our host, Willis Towers Watson.  Many thanks to Rhiannon Alban Davies and her wonderful team who made it possible. Rhiannon was also our AGM speaker with amusing tales of misadventures in the art world.

The AGM also gave us an opportunity to present our annual student awards. We presented 12 awards from the Friends and one from the Madeline Tang Foundation to some talented and gifted artists. It is such a pleasure for the Friends to support young artists through these awards. We are proud that previous award recipients have gone on to be represented by local and international art galleries and their work has been exhibited at major art fairs.

The Friends’ board has had some changes. Cynthia Lackey, our vice-chair and products person, is returning home. We will miss her quiet, efficient, and effective presence. Candice Lee is taking over from Cynthia and I look forward to tapping into her Asia Week experience. Linda Ferguson is co-ordinating events with great gusto, and I am absolutely delighted with her energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge. Jennifer Kozel is taking responsibility for managing products and she brings with her a great deal of museum experience. We will miss Laure Raibaut’s knowledge and experience, as she steps down this year. Vicki Li is joining the board as our second Young Friends representative, and as the Young Friends membership continues to grow, I am sure she will be very busy organising interesting and unusual events. Gillian Kew and Therese Lesaffre are both remaining on the board, but with reduced responsibilities.

There are a lot of things happening this spring, so please watch out for details in the FFF. Study group will focus on focus on architecture this Spring. And our gallery group tours are starting again. We hope to bring you a wide variety of events; from private collections and artist studio visits to museum exhibitions and art fairs. I look forward to seeing you at these various events.

We have four travel destinations planned for this year. The itineraries have been carefully considered to be interesting and exciting.  We expect them to be popular, so book early to avoid disappointment.  

Please have a look at our products pages. We have some wonderful new products that are very reasonably priced, especially the shopping bags.

I would like to thank Pearl Lam for being our Newsletter sponsor. Without this support, we would be unable to produce this high-quality publication.

Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy year of the Rooster.

More
"<p>I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful summer. The autumn programme is full of events that continue to celebrate our 35th Anniversary.</p>
<p>I would like to start by congratulating Josh Yiu, who has been appointed as the Director of the Art Museum, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Josh received his B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago, and completed his doctorate at Oxford University. A specialist in late Imperial and modern Chinese art, his book publications include <em>Writing Modern Chinese Art:&nbsp;</em><em>Historiographic </em><em>Explorations </em>(2009) and <em>A Fuller View of China: Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum </em>(2014). He is also the project director and co-editor (with Mimi Gates) of <em>Uncover </em><em>the Past: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Seattle Art Museum Collection</em>. We are incredibly lucky to have such a passionate, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable person leading the museum. Working with him the past few months has been a joy and his vision for the future of the museum is inspiring. We wish him every success in this new position.</p>
<p>Josh has been working with our Collectors Circle Acquisition Committee on the new acquisitions for the museum to celebrate the Friends 35th Anniversary. These gifts are a result of donations made by the members of the new Collectors Circle, that was relaunched in June 2016. &nbsp;I would like to thank all the members of this committee, especially Dominica Yang, who took the lead on this project. Dominica was our previous chair, and the driving force behind the relaunch of the Collectors Circle. We are delighted by her continued support. The committee&rsquo;s final decision included a rare large hand scroll by the eminent Hong Kong artist, Wucius Wong. Professor Wong has very deep ties to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as a mentor teacher and a renowned artist.</p>
<p>It is this deep connection and immense influence that the Arts Faculty at CUHK has with the Hong Kong art community that has led the Friends in deciding how &nbsp;to celebrate our 35th Anniversary. We are holding an art exhibition featuring artists who are either alumni or deeply connected to CUHK. The exhibition, <em>Nurturing</em></p>
<p><em>Creativity</em>, features the works of 35 artists, some of which have been created specifically for this exhibition. The exhibition opens at the Rotunda in Exchange Square and is supported by HongKong Land. We are grateful for their sponsorship and appreciate their support for the arts in Hong Kong. The works will be available online through Paddle8, our online auction partners. The artists will be present at the opening on 20th September. I would like to mention the very hard work by Laure Raibaut in curating the senior artists for this exhibition. And also Alexandra Choa and her team of Young Friends who have curated the younger artists. We look forward to welcoming our new members to join us in celebrating this event.</p>
<p>We follow this with a Gala Dinner on 10th November at the China Club. The dinner is a celebration of our 35 years and we look forward to an evening with old and new friends. Five pieces from the exhibition will be auctioned &nbsp;at the dinner.</p>
<p>I am very sorry to report that we have two board members stepping down at the next Annual General Meeting. Belinda Piggott, who ran our events with such great enthusiasm, passion and efficiency, has moved to Sydney. Belinda made a valiant effort to continue to &nbsp;run events for many months. Also leaving her position in managing overseas tours is Therese Lesaffre, but I am thrilled that she will remain in charge of Membership. I am pleased to welcome Linda Ferguson, who has lived in the region for several years and will take over Belinda&rsquo;s role in organising events.</p>
<p>We have held some wonderful events in the spring and early summer. The visit to the Claude Monet exhibition, with a special talk by the curator, was well received. We had an interesting event with K Auction, where the hosts were as impressed with our members&rsquo; knowledge as we were with theirs. We had a lively panel discussion, 35 Years of Colllecting, which was kindly sponsored by Asia Art Week and Candice Lee.</p>
<p>Our Young Friends are going from strength to strength. They have a strong membership and have held a number of independent activities during the spring and early summer.</p>
<p>Lastly I would like to thank Pearl Lam Galleries, who are our new newsletter sponsors. We look forward to their support and hope to work with them on events. I am sure their knowledge will be a wonderful support to our members.</p>
<p>I look forward to seeing you at all our 35th Anniversary activities and celebrating together.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Sagiri Dayal</p>"Date:Autumn 2016
Abstract:

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful summer. The autumn programme is full of events that continue to celebrate our 35th Anniversary.

I would like to start by congratulating Josh Yiu, who has been appointed as the Director of the Art Museum, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Josh received his B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago, and completed his doctorate at Oxford University. A specialist in late Imperial and modern Chinese art, his book publications include Writing Modern Chinese Art: Historiographic Explorations (2009) and A Fuller View of China: Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum (2014). He is also the project director and co-editor (with Mimi Gates) of Uncover the Past: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Seattle Art Museum Collection. We are incredibly lucky to have such a passionate, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable person leading the museum. Working with him the past few months has been a joy and his vision for the future of the museum is inspiring. We wish him every success in this new position.

Josh has been working with our Collectors Circle Acquisition Committee on the new acquisitions for the museum to celebrate the Friends 35th Anniversary. These gifts are a result of donations made by the members of the new Collectors Circle, that was relaunched in June 2016.  I would like to thank all the members of this committee, especially Dominica Yang, who took the lead on this project. Dominica was our previous chair, and the driving force behind the relaunch of the Collectors Circle. We are delighted by her continued support. The committee’s final decision included a rare large hand scroll by the eminent Hong Kong artist, Wucius Wong. Professor Wong has very deep ties to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as a mentor teacher and a renowned artist.

It is this deep connection and immense influence that the Arts Faculty at CUHK has with the Hong Kong art community that has led the Friends in deciding how  to celebrate our 35th Anniversary. We are holding an art exhibition featuring artists who are either alumni or deeply connected to CUHK. The exhibition, Nurturing

Creativity, features the works of 35 artists, some of which have been created specifically for this exhibition. The exhibition opens at the Rotunda in Exchange Square and is supported by HongKong Land. We are grateful for their sponsorship and appreciate their support for the arts in Hong Kong. The works will be available online through Paddle8, our online auction partners. The artists will be present at the opening on 20th September. I would like to mention the very hard work by Laure Raibaut in curating the senior artists for this exhibition. And also Alexandra Choa and her team of Young Friends who have curated the younger artists. We look forward to welcoming our new members to join us in celebrating this event.

We follow this with a Gala Dinner on 10th November at the China Club. The dinner is a celebration of our 35 years and we look forward to an evening with old and new friends. Five pieces from the exhibition will be auctioned  at the dinner.

I am very sorry to report that we have two board members stepping down at the next Annual General Meeting. Belinda Piggott, who ran our events with such great enthusiasm, passion and efficiency, has moved to Sydney. Belinda made a valiant effort to continue to  run events for many months. Also leaving her position in managing overseas tours is Therese Lesaffre, but I am thrilled that she will remain in charge of Membership. I am pleased to welcome Linda Ferguson, who has lived in the region for several years and will take over Belinda’s role in organising events.

We have held some wonderful events in the spring and early summer. The visit to the Claude Monet exhibition, with a special talk by the curator, was well received. We had an interesting event with K Auction, where the hosts were as impressed with our members’ knowledge as we were with theirs. We had a lively panel discussion, 35 Years of Colllecting, which was kindly sponsored by Asia Art Week and Candice Lee.

Our Young Friends are going from strength to strength. They have a strong membership and have held a number of independent activities during the spring and early summer.

Lastly I would like to thank Pearl Lam Galleries, who are our new newsletter sponsors. We look forward to their support and hope to work with them on events. I am sure their knowledge will be a wonderful support to our members.

I look forward to seeing you at all our 35th Anniversary activities and celebrating together.

 

Sagiri Dayal

More
"<p>&nbsp;It has been seven months since I took over as Chair and it has just flown by. I have had some very rewarding moments, and some that were very challenging, but I am enjoying every minute and learning so much. This year the Friends celebrates its 35<sup>th</sup> anniversary with some very special events.</p>
<p>We have already enjoyed events at Art Basel and Art Central. Both art fairs have been very supportive of the Friends and worked closely with Belinda Piggott and Alex Choa to create some very interesting tours. Our Young Friends tour at Art Basel was so popular it was oversubscribed. The tour by Alexie Glass-Kantor was one of the highlights and was absolutely wonderful. I hope you also enjoyed the very interactive and different format of the Art Central event with Hugh Moss.</p>
<p>We have had some great events in the past few months. Our art ecology tour to visit the Parkview Art Collection was well attended. Following on from the Mughal Jade Exhibition at the Museum, we ran a talk on Islamic and Chinese Jade from the collection at the Royal Ontario Museum. I hope you didn&rsquo;t miss out.</p>
<p>Looking forward into summer and early autumn, we have many events lined up. Please check our website for details and sign-up for our FFF to receive updates and news every two weeks. One of the forthcoming highlights is the Graduate Art Show at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 4<sup>th</sup> June. We are proud to continue our support of the art show, and provide an opportunity where you can view the future talent of the Hong Kong art world. We are excited to be offering a tour of the Claude Monet exhibition at the Heritage Museum Shatin in collaboration with Le French May.</p>
<p>As part of our 35<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebration we are holding a very special Art Exhibition. There will be 35 participating artists, who are deeply connected to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and whose talent has been nurtured and developed by the support provided by the University. It will open on 20<sup>th</sup> September 2016 at The Rotunda in Central. Our aim is to showcase the immense talent that exists amongst the artistic community in Hong Kong and the tremendous role that the Chinese University of Hong Kong plays as an incubator for creative talent.</p>
<p>The 35<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Gala Dinner on 10th November at the China Club in Bank Street, Central is nearly fully subscribed, with several of our overseas members returning to Hong Kong to join in the celebrations. We welcome this opportunity to celebrate with committed and supportive Friends that we have known for a long time.</p>
<p>This exciting programme would not be possible without the support of our volunteers. They are dedicated and, I hope, have fun as well. My heartfelt thanks to each one of you.</p>
<p>Our products make fabulous gifts, so I urge you to look out for our new products which will be available soon. We had run out of some old favourites, so will be bringing these back due to popular demand.</p>
<p>We have some wonderful tours planned. Details are available in this newsletter as well as on our website. Book your place quickly, as the Shanxi 35<sup>th</sup> anniversary tour is waiting list only!</p>
<p>This newsletter is the last to be sponsored by Orientations, as their sponsorship term draws to a close. We have been honoured to work with their professional team.</p>
<p>I would like to wish everyone a fun and happy summer. If you are travelling then I wish you a safe journey. I look forward to seeing you all at our 35<sup>th</sup> Anniversary events as we celebrate together.</p>"Date:Summer 2016
Abstract:

 It has been seven months since I took over as Chair and it has just flown by. I have had some very rewarding moments, and some that were very challenging, but I am enjoying every minute and learning so much. This year the Friends celebrates its 35th anniversary with some very special events.

We have already enjoyed events at Art Basel and Art Central. Both art fairs have been very supportive of the Friends and worked closely with Belinda Piggott and Alex Choa to create some very interesting tours. Our Young Friends tour at Art Basel was so popular it was oversubscribed. The tour by Alexie Glass-Kantor was one of the highlights and was absolutely wonderful. I hope you also enjoyed the very interactive and different format of the Art Central event with Hugh Moss.

We have had some great events in the past few months. Our art ecology tour to visit the Parkview Art Collection was well attended. Following on from the Mughal Jade Exhibition at the Museum, we ran a talk on Islamic and Chinese Jade from the collection at the Royal Ontario Museum. I hope you didn’t miss out.

Looking forward into summer and early autumn, we have many events lined up. Please check our website for details and sign-up for our FFF to receive updates and news every two weeks. One of the forthcoming highlights is the Graduate Art Show at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 4th June. We are proud to continue our support of the art show, and provide an opportunity where you can view the future talent of the Hong Kong art world. We are excited to be offering a tour of the Claude Monet exhibition at the Heritage Museum Shatin in collaboration with Le French May.

As part of our 35th anniversary celebration we are holding a very special Art Exhibition. There will be 35 participating artists, who are deeply connected to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and whose talent has been nurtured and developed by the support provided by the University. It will open on 20th September 2016 at The Rotunda in Central. Our aim is to showcase the immense talent that exists amongst the artistic community in Hong Kong and the tremendous role that the Chinese University of Hong Kong plays as an incubator for creative talent.

The 35th Anniversary Gala Dinner on 10th November at the China Club in Bank Street, Central is nearly fully subscribed, with several of our overseas members returning to Hong Kong to join in the celebrations. We welcome this opportunity to celebrate with committed and supportive Friends that we have known for a long time.

This exciting programme would not be possible without the support of our volunteers. They are dedicated and, I hope, have fun as well. My heartfelt thanks to each one of you.

Our products make fabulous gifts, so I urge you to look out for our new products which will be available soon. We had run out of some old favourites, so will be bringing these back due to popular demand.

We have some wonderful tours planned. Details are available in this newsletter as well as on our website. Book your place quickly, as the Shanxi 35th anniversary tour is waiting list only!

This newsletter is the last to be sponsored by Orientations, as their sponsorship term draws to a close. We have been honoured to work with their professional team.

I would like to wish everyone a fun and happy summer. If you are travelling then I wish you a safe journey. I look forward to seeing you all at our 35th Anniversary events as we celebrate together.

More
"<p>I would like to wish everyone a happy New Year. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.</p>
<p>Since I started my term as Chair, we have had one of the busiest autumn seasons, kicking off our 35th Anniversary celebrations with various events. The Friends are the principal sponsor of a very special exhibition at the Art Museum of CUHK, <em>Heavenly Crafted - Selected Mughal Jades </em>from the Palace Museum, which opened at the end of November. This exhibition has 40 exquisite pieces of jade specially selected and beautifully displayed.&nbsp; I would encourage all our members to visit this extraordinary exhibition, which is on until the end of February. The Friends also sponsored the catalogue for the exhibition, so please look out for it at the Museum shop.</p>
<p>We held our annual Garden Party in November at the Vice-Chancellor&rsquo;s Lodge at the University, where the students were presented with awards and grants. We saw some amazing student art work on display and for sale. It was a very rewarding moment for me, as the quality of their work was exceptional.</p>
<p>We have held several talks, day tours, gallery tours and study groups during the autumn season. Young Friends held a number of very successful events for our members and young professionals with an interest in art. The Friends Collectors Circle membership continues to grow.</p>
<p>In the spring, we are launching a new careers seminar, working with our Fine Art students who are transitioning into the real world. They will have an opportunity to learn from several successful professionals in the art world. We have launched an internship programme initiative which will commence in the spring, so they can gain experience while still studying.</p>
<p>We are planning a Gala Dinner in the 2016 autumn to celebrate our 35th Anniversary. We look forward to having all our members attend this event, together with many of our overseas members. A very special exhibition of 35 pieces of art by the Chinese University of Hong Kong alumni will be on display at the dinner.</p>
<p>I would also like to let you know that new products are now available, including beautiful wrapping paper and folders with Mughal Jade motifs tying into the exhibition. Please see the product pages in this newsletter.</p>
<p>I look forward to meeting you this spring and sharing our very exciting programmes.</p>
<p>Finally, I would like to thank our newsletter sponsor, Orientations Magazine Ltd, without whose generous support we would be unable to produce such a high quality publication.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Sagiri Dayal</p>"Date:Spring 2016
Abstract:

I would like to wish everyone a happy New Year. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.

Since I started my term as Chair, we have had one of the busiest autumn seasons, kicking off our 35th Anniversary celebrations with various events. The Friends are the principal sponsor of a very special exhibition at the Art Museum of CUHK, Heavenly Crafted - Selected Mughal Jades from the Palace Museum, which opened at the end of November. This exhibition has 40 exquisite pieces of jade specially selected and beautifully displayed.  I would encourage all our members to visit this extraordinary exhibition, which is on until the end of February. The Friends also sponsored the catalogue for the exhibition, so please look out for it at the Museum shop.

We held our annual Garden Party in November at the Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge at the University, where the students were presented with awards and grants. We saw some amazing student art work on display and for sale. It was a very rewarding moment for me, as the quality of their work was exceptional.

We have held several talks, day tours, gallery tours and study groups during the autumn season. Young Friends held a number of very successful events for our members and young professionals with an interest in art. The Friends Collectors Circle membership continues to grow.

In the spring, we are launching a new careers seminar, working with our Fine Art students who are transitioning into the real world. They will have an opportunity to learn from several successful professionals in the art world. We have launched an internship programme initiative which will commence in the spring, so they can gain experience while still studying.

We are planning a Gala Dinner in the 2016 autumn to celebrate our 35th Anniversary. We look forward to having all our members attend this event, together with many of our overseas members. A very special exhibition of 35 pieces of art by the Chinese University of Hong Kong alumni will be on display at the dinner.

I would also like to let you know that new products are now available, including beautiful wrapping paper and folders with Mughal Jade motifs tying into the exhibition. Please see the product pages in this newsletter.

I look forward to meeting you this spring and sharing our very exciting programmes.

Finally, I would like to thank our newsletter sponsor, Orientations Magazine Ltd, without whose generous support we would be unable to produce such a high quality publication.

 

Sagiri Dayal

More
"<p>I would like to start by saying a big THANK YOU to Dominica for her three years as the Chair of the Friends. Under her leadership, the Friends has grown in many different ways. She initiated the hugely successful Young Friends, attracting young people to engage in cultural activities in our city. Dominica was also responsible for the very popular Chair&rsquo;s Series - a programme that is very close to her heart and was well received by our members. In June, the Friends re-launched the &ldquo;Collectors Circle&rdquo;, which will be a major source of fund-raising for our intended 35th Anniversary gift to the Museum. Under her guidance, our new website was launched. All the members of the Friends Executive Board join me in thanking Dominica for her contribution over the past three years. Dominica&rsquo;s passion and enthusiasm led to a deeper and more meaningful connection with not only the Art Museum Directors, but also the staff and students at the Fine Arts Department, CUHK. And Dominica has done all this with aplomb, grace, diplomacy, and inexhaustible enthusiasm.</p>
<p>This coming year, 2016, the Friends will celebrate our 35th Anniversary. We have a fantastic year planned and we look forward to sharing these events and activities with you. Our celebratory year kicks off with the opening of the Mughal Jade Exhibition at the Museum of Art, the Chinese University of Hong Kong in November 2015. The Friends are proud sponsors of this prestigious exhibition, which forms the focal point of a series of events focusing on jade. By initiating and hosting a series of art career seminars over the coming year, we hope to connect students at CUHK with a variety of professionals in the Hong Kong art scene. We also launch the Connoisseur Series, a number of carefully curated specialist events, each focusing on a category of different objects. We will explore areas such as jade, ceramics, ink painting, textiles, and furniture presenting new insights for those that appreciate a level of connoisseurship. These events will have limited numbers.</p>
<p>We have a packed agenda this autumn, which includes gallery visits, study group meetings, day tours, Young Friends&rsquo; events, and overseas tours. Please do visit our website for more details.</p>
<p>I would like to acknowledge the wonderful volunteers at the Friends. They are enthusiastic, supportive, and make the job of being the chair so much easier and fun. I would also like to thank all our sponsors for their contributions. I look forward to working with them and their continued support.</p>
<p>As I start my term as Chair, I am privileged to work with an amazing Executive Board. The Board Members are a group of talented and dedicated members, who devote a lot of energy and time towards making the Friends the wonderful organization that it is. I have already learnt so much and appreciate their generosity in helping, advising and making sure that I am heading in the right direction! I look forward to developing a deeper friendship with each of them.</p>
<p>I would like to finish my first message as Chair, by saying how much I look forward to spending time with you, our members, many of whom are already dear friends, over the next three years.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Sagiri Dayal</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>"Date:Autumn 2015 - Incoming Chair
Abstract:

I would like to start by saying a big THANK YOU to Dominica for her three years as the Chair of the Friends. Under her leadership, the Friends has grown in many different ways. She initiated the hugely successful Young Friends, attracting young people to engage in cultural activities in our city. Dominica was also responsible for the very popular Chair’s Series - a programme that is very close to her heart and was well received by our members. In June, the Friends re-launched the “Collectors Circle”, which will be a major source of fund-raising for our intended 35th Anniversary gift to the Museum. Under her guidance, our new website was launched. All the members of the Friends Executive Board join me in thanking Dominica for her contribution over the past three years. Dominica’s passion and enthusiasm led to a deeper and more meaningful connection with not only the Art Museum Directors, but also the staff and students at the Fine Arts Department, CUHK. And Dominica has done all this with aplomb, grace, diplomacy, and inexhaustible enthusiasm.

This coming year, 2016, the Friends will celebrate our 35th Anniversary. We have a fantastic year planned and we look forward to sharing these events and activities with you. Our celebratory year kicks off with the opening of the Mughal Jade Exhibition at the Museum of Art, the Chinese University of Hong Kong in November 2015. The Friends are proud sponsors of this prestigious exhibition, which forms the focal point of a series of events focusing on jade. By initiating and hosting a series of art career seminars over the coming year, we hope to connect students at CUHK with a variety of professionals in the Hong Kong art scene. We also launch the Connoisseur Series, a number of carefully curated specialist events, each focusing on a category of different objects. We will explore areas such as jade, ceramics, ink painting, textiles, and furniture presenting new insights for those that appreciate a level of connoisseurship. These events will have limited numbers.

We have a packed agenda this autumn, which includes gallery visits, study group meetings, day tours, Young Friends’ events, and overseas tours. Please do visit our website for more details.

I would like to acknowledge the wonderful volunteers at the Friends. They are enthusiastic, supportive, and make the job of being the chair so much easier and fun. I would also like to thank all our sponsors for their contributions. I look forward to working with them and their continued support.

As I start my term as Chair, I am privileged to work with an amazing Executive Board. The Board Members are a group of talented and dedicated members, who devote a lot of energy and time towards making the Friends the wonderful organization that it is. I have already learnt so much and appreciate their generosity in helping, advising and making sure that I am heading in the right direction! I look forward to developing a deeper friendship with each of them.

I would like to finish my first message as Chair, by saying how much I look forward to spending time with you, our members, many of whom are already dear friends, over the next three years.

 

Sagiri Dayal

 

 

More
"<p>As I step down as Chair, it is my pleasure to welcome Sagiri, our new Chair and the new Board. For those of you who missed the AGM on 17 September, it was an honour for me to report that the Friends had yet another fun, happy and fruitful year. It has been a privilege to have served with such a dynamic Board and a team of talented and dedicated volunteers. We have hosted and organized a diverse programme of talks, lectures, gallery visits and day tours, many of which presented exclusive access to speakers and venues, bespoke itineraries for overseas trips to unique destinations, and produced our own line of very affordable, but attractive products which make perfect gifts. And together, we have been able to support the Art Museum, art education, Young Friends events- supporting emerging young artists, the Art of CUHK 2015 Graduate Show as chief sponsor and in total, 11 gifts to our CUHK students, including grants, awards, internships and scholarships.</p>
<p>We proudly presented Lui Shou Kwan&rsquo;s Zen Lotus to the Museum in March 2014 and we relaunched Collectors Circle last June to fundraise for another significant piece of artwork for the Art Museum, as well as to build awareness of our museum. We continue our tradition of creating a warm, friendly environment in which the Friends learn, play, and give together.</p>
<p>In the last year, we have worked together with major art organisations, auction houses, art dealers, art fairs, galleries and collectors offering our members and the community opportunities to appreciate art and culture in comfortable and exclusive settings.</p>
<p>I would like to thank Orientations, our new newsletter sponsor for 2015/2016, for their kind support. We look forward to working closely with them to benefit our respective members.</p>
<p>This coming year the new Board sees some changes, together with a small reshuffle of duties.</p>
<p>Sagiri Dayal will be the new Chair. Sagiri is no stranger to long time Friends members as she has been a member of the Friends since the early 2000s and used to run our book group. She has a wealth of experience in the art world and in fundraising. Sagiri will be leading the Friends through our 35th Anniversary year with a very exciting programme working closely with the Art Museum and CUHK.</p>
<p>Cynthia Lackey is the new Vice-chair. Cynthia is our silent guru, who gets everything done and organized so subtly and magically. We are happy that Sagiri will be supported by Cynthia, who will continue to oversee our line of very attractive Friends products.</p>
<p>We are delighted that Candice Lee has become a new Board Member at Large. With her expertise in art events, Candice will focus on Collectors Circle and Connoisseurs gatherings, working closely with Edwin Mok. So together with our band of faithful Board Members, who continue to provide their time, commitment, and dedication, the new Board is ready to go!</p>
<p>I would also like to express our gratitude and appreciation to KPMG, our honorary auditors, for doing a marvelous job.</p>
<p>In the last three years, I have witnessed many positive changes and additions in our programme and in what we are able to achieve. Our new website was born! And we introduced new activities and initiatives such as the very popular Chair&rsquo;s Series, Young Friends, exclusive gallery and private collection visits, partnership with major auction houses, art fairs and art organisations. Tours have evolved with a new team of volunteers. Our Study Group programme continues to give our members an opportunity to learn about Asian culture and history in a congenial environment. To help with all the organization and work involved, our volunteer group expanded to 20 plus.</p>
<p>The Friends would not be what we are today without the support of our members and we thank each one of you for your friendship, generosity and contribution in every way.</p>
<p>May I also take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors and partners without whom we would not have been able to do half of what we have been able to achieve, give or enjoy:</p>
<p>Affordable Art Fair</p>
<p>Alisan Fine Arts</p>
<p>Art Basel</p>
<p>Art Central</p>
<p>Asia Society HK</p>
<p>Center Asia Week HK</p>
<p>Asian Art HK</p>
<p>AWA</p>
<p>Bonhams HK</p>
<p>CA Design</p>
<p>Chinese Cultural Studies Center</p>
<p>Club Lusitano</p>
<p>Country Holidays</p>
<p>Christie&rsquo;s HK</p>
<p>Duddell&rsquo;s Epicurean Group</p>
<p>Galerie Huit</p>
<p>HKAPA</p>
<p>Hong Kong Arts Centre</p>
<p>Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre</p>
<p>Hongkong Land</p>
<p>Jet Set Art &amp; Graphic Design</p>
<p>K Auction</p>
<p>K Y Fine Art</p>
<p>KPMG</p>
<p>Latham &amp; Watkins</p>
<p>Le French May</p>
<p>Liang Yi</p>
<p>Museum Maritime Museum</p>
<p>Orientations</p>
<p>Oi Ling Antiques</p>
<p>Pacific Harbour Group</p>
<p>Press Room</p>
<p>Group Project a</p>
<p>Sandra Walters Art Consultancy</p>
<p>Schmidt Marketing</p>
<p>Sotheby&rsquo;s HK</p>
<p>The Helena May</p>
<p>The Kee Club</p>
<p>Yick Fung Printing Co</p>
<p>I am delighted we have been able to work so closely with the Art Museum, its directors, Prof Jenny So, Dr Josh Yiu, and Dr Xiaodong Xu. Nicola Chan at the Art Museum and Rita Kwong at the Fine Arts Department have been most helpful dealing with Friends matters. We are very grateful to our Vice Chancellor Prof Joseph Sung, our Patron Mrs Joseph Sung, Prof Harold Mok and the Fine Arts Department for their unfailing support.</p>
<p>On behalf of the Friends, I wish Prof Jenny So a happy retirement. She has been an invaluable counsellor for many and a mentor for all those who have had the opportunity to learn with her.</p>
<p>As I bid you all farewell, I want to thank you for your support and friendship in the last three years, giving me the opportunity to be part of this wonderful charity circle. I hope to see many of you at coming Friends events and rely on your continuous support for the Friends.</p>
<p>Until we meet again, 再見 !</p>"Date:Autumn 2015 - Outgoing Chair
Abstract:

As I step down as Chair, it is my pleasure to welcome Sagiri, our new Chair and the new Board. For those of you who missed the AGM on 17 September, it was an honour for me to report that the Friends had yet another fun, happy and fruitful year. It has been a privilege to have served with such a dynamic Board and a team of talented and dedicated volunteers. We have hosted and organized a diverse programme of talks, lectures, gallery visits and day tours, many of which presented exclusive access to speakers and venues, bespoke itineraries for overseas trips to unique destinations, and produced our own line of very affordable, but attractive products which make perfect gifts. And together, we have been able to support the Art Museum, art education, Young Friends events- supporting emerging young artists, the Art of CUHK 2015 Graduate Show as chief sponsor and in total, 11 gifts to our CUHK students, including grants, awards, internships and scholarships.

We proudly presented Lui Shou Kwan’s Zen Lotus to the Museum in March 2014 and we relaunched Collectors Circle last June to fundraise for another significant piece of artwork for the Art Museum, as well as to build awareness of our museum. We continue our tradition of creating a warm, friendly environment in which the Friends learn, play, and give together.

In the last year, we have worked together with major art organisations, auction houses, art dealers, art fairs, galleries and collectors offering our members and the community opportunities to appreciate art and culture in comfortable and exclusive settings.

I would like to thank Orientations, our new newsletter sponsor for 2015/2016, for their kind support. We look forward to working closely with them to benefit our respective members.

This coming year the new Board sees some changes, together with a small reshuffle of duties.

Sagiri Dayal will be the new Chair. Sagiri is no stranger to long time Friends members as she has been a member of the Friends since the early 2000s and used to run our book group. She has a wealth of experience in the art world and in fundraising. Sagiri will be leading the Friends through our 35th Anniversary year with a very exciting programme working closely with the Art Museum and CUHK.

Cynthia Lackey is the new Vice-chair. Cynthia is our silent guru, who gets everything done and organized so subtly and magically. We are happy that Sagiri will be supported by Cynthia, who will continue to oversee our line of very attractive Friends products.

We are delighted that Candice Lee has become a new Board Member at Large. With her expertise in art events, Candice will focus on Collectors Circle and Connoisseurs gatherings, working closely with Edwin Mok. So together with our band of faithful Board Members, who continue to provide their time, commitment, and dedication, the new Board is ready to go!

I would also like to express our gratitude and appreciation to KPMG, our honorary auditors, for doing a marvelous job.

In the last three years, I have witnessed many positive changes and additions in our programme and in what we are able to achieve. Our new website was born! And we introduced new activities and initiatives such as the very popular Chair’s Series, Young Friends, exclusive gallery and private collection visits, partnership with major auction houses, art fairs and art organisations. Tours have evolved with a new team of volunteers. Our Study Group programme continues to give our members an opportunity to learn about Asian culture and history in a congenial environment. To help with all the organization and work involved, our volunteer group expanded to 20 plus.

The Friends would not be what we are today without the support of our members and we thank each one of you for your friendship, generosity and contribution in every way.

May I also take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors and partners without whom we would not have been able to do half of what we have been able to achieve, give or enjoy:

Affordable Art Fair

Alisan Fine Arts

Art Basel

Art Central

Asia Society HK

Center Asia Week HK

Asian Art HK

AWA

Bonhams HK

CA Design

Chinese Cultural Studies Center

Club Lusitano

Country Holidays

Christie’s HK

Duddell’s Epicurean Group

Galerie Huit

HKAPA

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre

Hongkong Land

Jet Set Art & Graphic Design

K Auction

K Y Fine Art

KPMG

Latham & Watkins

Le French May

Liang Yi

Museum Maritime Museum

Orientations

Oi Ling Antiques

Pacific Harbour Group

Press Room

Group Project a

Sandra Walters Art Consultancy

Schmidt Marketing

Sotheby’s HK

The Helena May

The Kee Club

Yick Fung Printing Co

I am delighted we have been able to work so closely with the Art Museum, its directors, Prof Jenny So, Dr Josh Yiu, and Dr Xiaodong Xu. Nicola Chan at the Art Museum and Rita Kwong at the Fine Arts Department have been most helpful dealing with Friends matters. We are very grateful to our Vice Chancellor Prof Joseph Sung, our Patron Mrs Joseph Sung, Prof Harold Mok and the Fine Arts Department for their unfailing support.

On behalf of the Friends, I wish Prof Jenny So a happy retirement. She has been an invaluable counsellor for many and a mentor for all those who have had the opportunity to learn with her.

As I bid you all farewell, I want to thank you for your support and friendship in the last three years, giving me the opportunity to be part of this wonderful charity circle. I hope to see many of you at coming Friends events and rely on your continuous support for the Friends.

Until we meet again, 再見 !

More
12