Spring 2015

Happy New Year! I hope you all had lovely year end festivities with your families and that you are ready to enjoy a great new year with the Friends with lots of exciting programmes, talks, gallery visits, tours, study group and fun times together.

The Friends Board has now expanded to 13 members as we are offering a more extensive programme and developing a closer relationship with our university, our students, our community, as well as the Art Museum. 2015 will see how we are able to benefit our members, our students, our community with the work we do and the funds we raise. In turn the Friends will also benefit from this beautiful rapport.

We are also working on celebrations for our 35th Anniversary in 2016, including a relaunch of the Collectors Circle with the goal to raise enough funds to acquire an Anniversary gift for the Museum. There will be an event to launch the Collectors Circle on 11th June at the Asia Society, so please mark your diaries. We hope we will have your support in many different ways, so please look out for news of our plans and announcements.

In December, CUHK hosted the opening ceremony of the Golden Jubilee Garden of Appreciation and dinner to which donors and friends of the university were invited. As Chair, I attended on behalf of the Friends. The Friends are included as one of their long term major donors. Our name is listed and displayed on a very special TV screen built in an artistic piece of sculpture in the CUHK landscape in the Golden Jubilee Garden of Appreciation right outside the Sir Run Run Shaw Hall. We, the Friends, feel very proud of our contribution to the university. Please do visit the Garden and see this screen when you next visit CUHK.

2015 kicks off with a fantastic talk by Yin Hung, part of the Chair’s Series on her incredible family story from her childhood life in a reform farm in Hubei to her current successful business empire. To follow, we have exclusive visits to private homes to view art collections, the Chair’s Series on a WWII diary and the historical site of the Bethanie, exclusive tours at Art Basel and other Art events, Part Two of the series on the Northern Nomads, Part Two of our Ceramics demonstration and talk, and many more …..

We also have an interesting selection of tours lined up in the coming year, so do not miss out and sign up early. Or if you have good contacts or would be interested in leading a tour, please get in contact with Therese.

The Friends recently have launched a line of beautiful products - they make excellent gifts. If you missed the fairs in the autumn, they are on sale at selected events or you can contact Cynthia, our products coordinator.

Young Friends are working on a number exciting projects, so please watch our notices. We are also hoping to work closer with our own CUHK artists and graduates and will be advertising their shows and exhibitions.

We are very grateful to our generous sponsors who have made it possible for us to offer a diverse programme at such wonderful venues.  In the last year Asia Week Hong Kong has sponsored students to attend our talks and lectures, they are working closely with us supporting our events in different ways, thus allowing us to explore opportunities and realise our goals. I would like to express our appreciate for their ongoing support.

You may recall that in 2013 we introduced the Art Radar Art Journalism and Writing Scholarship. It is a 6-week online course. The recipient in this our second year is Samuel Tsang. There are two articles by Samuel in this newsletter! Art Radar recently interviewed me in regard to the Friends’ goals and objectives.  The full interview is available at: http://artradarjournal.com/2014/11/14/chair-of-the-friends-dominica-yang-on-making-art-accessible-interview/  Art Radar and the Friends are pleased to be working together in this new initiative to reach out to students. We are constantly exploring new opportunities to broaden our programme of outreach to the young community.

We are always open to ideas and welcome new contacts and suggestions, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of us or if you are interested in joining the work team!

I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months, either at CUHK or one of our events.

I would like to thank our newsletter sponsor, Alisan Fine Arts, for their support and generosity. Their sponsorship has assisted tremendously with the high costs of production without which we would not have been able to donate as much as we did. I would also wish to draw your attention to another generous and supportive sponsor, Yick Fung Printing Company. Nicholas and Angel Ho have been offering us free design and layout service and advice for our newsletter since last April. I would particularly like to thank Maggie Lee at Yick Fung for her incredible patience and invaluable assistance. I wish to express our sincere gratitude to all our sponsors who have made it possible for us to produce this wonderful journal.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all our members, our sponsors, partners and friends an Auspicious, Happy and Healthy Year of the Goat! Xin nian kuai le!!