I would like to wish everyone a happy New Year. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.
Since I started my term as Chair, we have had one of the busiest autumn seasons, kicking off our 35th Anniversary celebrations with various events. The Friends are the principal sponsor of a very special exhibition at the Art Museum of CUHK, Heavenly Crafted - Selected Mughal Jades from the Palace Museum, which opened at the end of November. This exhibition has 40 exquisite pieces of jade specially selected and beautifully displayed. I would encourage all our members to visit this extraordinary exhibition, which is on until the end of February. The Friends also sponsored the catalogue for the exhibition, so please look out for it at the Museum shop.
We held our annual Garden Party in November at the Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge at the University, where the students were presented with awards and grants. We saw some amazing student art work on display and for sale. It was a very rewarding moment for me, as the quality of their work was exceptional.
We have held several talks, day tours, gallery tours and study groups during the autumn season. Young Friends held a number of very successful events for our members and young professionals with an interest in art. The Friends Collectors Circle membership continues to grow.
In the spring, we are launching a new careers seminar, working with our Fine Art students who are transitioning into the real world. They will have an opportunity to learn from several successful professionals in the art world. We have launched an internship programme initiative which will commence in the spring, so they can gain experience while still studying.
We are planning a Gala Dinner in the 2016 autumn to celebrate our 35th Anniversary. We look forward to having all our members attend this event, together with many of our overseas members. A very special exhibition of 35 pieces of art by the Chinese University of Hong Kong alumni will be on display at the dinner.
I would also like to let you know that new products are now available, including beautiful wrapping paper and folders with Mughal Jade motifs tying into the exhibition. Please see the product pages in this newsletter.
I look forward to meeting you this spring and sharing our very exciting programmes.
Finally, I would like to thank our newsletter sponsor, Orientations Magazine Ltd, without whose generous support we would be unable to produce such a high quality publication.