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.