2015 will be an exciting year for Young Friends. Following the success of our 2014 Young Friends exhibition at HongKong Land’s Rotunda Space, 2015 will see Young Friends co-present another large-scale emerging artists exhibition in Spring. Details of this exhibition and our upcoming events will be revealed soon.
This year, Young Friends has set up a new Young Friends Committee, which will allow Young Friends to create more events for members in the years to come. I would like to formally introduce Cristine Li, Vickie Li and Sophie Selby, who will have active roles in the organisation of many of our Young Friends events.
Cristine graduated with First Class Honours in BA Philosophy and History of Art from University College London (UCL) in 2013. She is a Specialist Trainee at the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. Her keen interest in the arts, as well as geopolitical issues, have resulted in a variety of work experiences in the art world, from public relations for Frieze London and galleries in Hong Kong to conducting legal and cultural property research under Norman Palmer CBE QC.
Sophie grew up in Hong Kong and spent most her childhood developing an interest in Ancient Chinese antiquities while exploring Hollywood Road antique shops on weekends. Her mother's background in selling contemporary art prints and old Hong Kong photos fashioned her interest in the arts and Hong Kong history. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, she now works in Hong Kong as a Retail Fashion Consultant in resort wear.
Vickie is currently an associate buyer for the Lane Crawford Joyce Group. Prior to her transition to the fashion industry, Vickie worked as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Investment Banking Division. Although Vickie is from Hong Kong, she has lived and studied abroad in Paris, Beijing and the United States. She is an avid admirer of Chinese contemporary art and enjoys portrait painting in her spare time. Vickie received her B.Sc. in Civil Environmental Engineering with a specialization in Architectural Design from Stanford University.
I’m looking forward to working with Cristine, Sophie and Vickie. Together, we will be able to create many new opportunities and platforms for young art professionals, emerging artists and art enthusiasts to connect in Hong Kong.
Alexandra M K Choa