CUHK Awards 2014-2015

Jia Zhen, a final-year PhD candidate at the Department of Fine Arts, is the recipient of the Madeleine Tang Award. Her interests center upon visual culture in Republican China, images of women in 20th century China, women artists in China, and feminist art theories. She is committed to research and teaching in the academia.

She thanks the Madeleine Tang Friends Research and Education Fund for significantly lightening her financial burden, which has allowed her to focus intensively on her thesis.

She also expresses her gratitude to the Friends’ recognition and generous help.


Lai Ming-chu, Elva, is a Master of Fine Arts student. Through her work, she wants to examine and experiment with the instabilities inherent in the modality of photography. She is also in search of new sensitivities of photographic representation. Her goal is to be an artist in Hong Kong and beyond. She is currently working on her MFA project about HK immigrant children post 1997.

Elva has also been awarded the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize and the Talent Development Scholarship by the Hong Kong SAR Government, as well aa the Reaching Out Award by CUHK. She was an artist-in-residence in Provence, France. She thanks the Friends for their continuing support for budding artists.


Xia Xiaoshuang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Fine Arts. His specialization is the history of Chinese art. He is currently devoting his attention to the investigation of Song Dynasty art depicting elegant gatherings (雅集).

When he is not researching Chinese art, he turns to Chinese calligraphy for pleasure. His calligraphy works are collected and have been featured in exhibitions. He received his masters degree in Leiden University, the Netherlands, where he also taught Chinese calligraphy. He wishes to be a scholar in the history of Chinese art and is particularly grateful for the Friends financial support of aspiring art historians. 


Zhan Ni is a PhD candidate in the Department of Fine Arts. She is very interested in Chinese painting of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. For her PhD thesis, she has decided to focus on the representation of women in Ming and Qing painting. In the future, she wishes to continue her quest for little-known or interesting areas in Chinese art.

She thanks the Friends for funding her research visits to Beijing and Japan, which have been tremendously fruitful.


Mok Pui Yu, Fiona, is an undergraduate student. Her interests range from ancient Chinese art history to contemporary Western art.

In respect of Western studio art, she has focused on pencil drawing in the tradition of abstract realism. Keenly aware of the value and importance of the museum world, Fiona has decided to develop her career in this area.  Fiona would also like to be an illustrator of childrens storybooks.

Fiona is grateful for the Friends efforts in encouraging an artistic environment where young artists are included and nurtured.


Yau Wing-fung, Ross, is this year’s recipient of the Friends Prize. He is an undergraduate in the Department of Fine Arts. Ross is interested in Chinese art, particularly Chinese calligraphy and painting.

He has created a collection of shān shuǐ (山水) paintings incorporating traditional techniques and contemporary objects. As an aspiring artist, Ross’s highest priority is to concentrate on his academic and artistic attainments in art, and at the same time, to develop and extend his repertoire.

He thanks the Friends for their generosity and support for the creation and appreciation of Chinese art.


 Tsang Sui Yiu, Laramie, a year-two undergraduate at the Department of Fine Arts, was offered an internship at the Art Museum. Her future goal is to carve out a career in the art industry, which could be as an artist, a gallerist, or an educator. She hopes to apply the knowledge that she has amassed over the years into practice.

She thanks the Friends for sponsoring her internship, which has helped her familiarize herself with the running and structure of an art museum.


Cheng Wing Wai is an undergraduate in the Department of Fine Arts, and she worked as a summer intern at the Art Museum.

Her interests are Chinese figure painting, especially expressive painting. She aspires to be an illustrator and wants to remain an active learner in art.

She appreciates the Friends’ generosity that gave her the opportunity to work in the Art Museum, which has proven to be a very valuable learning experience.


Samuel Tsang, a graduate from Department of English, CUHK, has been awarded this year’s Art Radar Scholarship. He is interested in art journalism and reporting. He has been a literary reviewer, a creative writer and a pedagogy researcher. When he’s not writing, he teaches language arts and English to learners of English as a second language.

He thanks the Friends for funding his studies in art journalism, which have allowed him to make his foray into journalism and art criticism.