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.