Dr. MA Kwai Shun (馬桂順)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Ma Kwai Shun graduated with a B.A. and an M.Phil. in Fine Arts in 1976 and 1991 respectively from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a D.F.A. (Doctor of Fine Arts) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia in 2002. He was Senior Lecturer in the Grantham College of Education/Hong Kong Institution of Education until 2008. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, The Education University of Hong Kong, and Museum Honorary Adviser of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. His research interests include Chinese painting, community arts and culture.
Dr. Roger MCDONALD
Deputy Director and Founding Member of Arts Initiative Tokyo
Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT) is a non-profit arts organisation established in Tokyo in 2001 for a general public to come together and learn about art. Dr. McDonald is one of its founding members, and the Programme Director of Making Art Different (MAD), the educational component of AIT. Based in Nagano, Dr. McDonald has worked as an independent curator since 1989 (working with Fumio Nanjo on several exhibitions), and is the Director of the Fenberger House that opened in 2013 in the mountain of Saku city, Nagano.
McDonald was educated in the United Kingdom, studying International Politics (BA, Wales), Mysticism and Religious Experience (MA, Kent) and received a PhD in History and Theory of Art from the University of Kent.
Dr. Shane HULBERT
Associate Professor, RMIT University
Shane Hulbert is an artist and academic, based in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently Deputy Head of School in the School of Art at RMIT University, where he lectures in photography. He writes on contemporary art and art education, and has exhibited internationally, including The Photographer’s Gallery in London, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.
Shane’s art practice celebrates the diversity inherent in Australian culture, with particular emphasis on understanding the impact of multiple narratives of immigration, settlement and tourism on Australian culture. Borrowing from the traditions of landscape, documentary and political photography, and composed with an Australian “larrikin” sense of humour, his imagery features a combination of local and international places, personalities, icons and myths.
Recent publications include Lumens Festival: Curating the Ancient City (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2013) and “Envisioning the future: Working towards Sustainability in Fine Art Education” (in International Journal of Art & Design Education [iJADE], 2016).
Hulbert has a PhD from RMIT University.
Ms. CHAN Yuk Lan, Phoebe (陳玉蘭)
Senior Lecturer/Programme Coordinator, Hong Kong Art School
Chan Yuk Lan, Phoebe has extensive experience in a rich array of drama education and applied theatre practices. Throughout the years, she has collaborated with various organisations in creating stage works, performance, teaching, research and facilitator training. Besides teaching award-bearing programmes on applied theatre and drama education at Hong Kong Art School, she also coordinates many outreach projects for the school like the Hong Kong School Drama Festival, projects on using drama in English classrooms and in guidance and discipline works for the Education Bureau, as well as collaborating with Oxfam in the use of drama in global citizenship education.
Phoebe graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, received a Master’s Degree in Drama in Education from the University of Central England in Birmingham, and is currently a PhD candidate at Griffith University, Australia. She was a founding member of Hong Kong Drama/Theatre and Education Forum, and now serves as the Chairperson of its Board of Directors.
Phoebe has been invited to speak at international conferences and conduct workshops in many overseas cities, and her works have been widely published locally and internationally. Recent publications include “Drama and Global Citizenship Education: Planting Seeds of Social Conscience and Action (in How Drama Activates Learning, Bloomsbury, 2013), and “Fluorescent Raincoat into Yellow Umbrella: Social Responsibility as Embodied Experience” (in Drama and Social Justice, Routledge, 2016).
Mr. Fumio NANJO (南條史生)
Art Education International Director, Hong Kong Art School
Fumio Nanjo has been the Director of the Mori Art Museum, Japan, since 2006. He has been an art critic, a lecturer at the Art Centre of the Keio University for a substantial period of time, as well as a curator.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1949, Nanjo received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Aesthetics in 1976 from Keio University. In his long career associated with art and culture, Nanjo has had the experiences of serving as an officer in the Japan Foundation (1978-1986), Director of ICA Nagoya (1986-1990), the Founder and Director of Nanjo and Associates (1990-2002) and the Deputy Director of the Mori Art Museum (2002-2006).
Nanjo has been travelling worldwide for his art curatorial works and advisory services, and his main achievements include:
Nanjo holds various positions on public and private boards and committees. He used to be a board member of Association International des Critiques d’Art (AICA) and Comité International de l’ICOM pour les Musées et les Collections d'Art Moderne (CIMAM).
Nanjo’s recent publications are From Art to the City, a Record of 15 Years as an Independent Curator（美術から都市へ -インディペンデントキュレーター15年の軌跡-）(Kajima Institute Publishing,1997), Asian Contemporary Art Report: China, India, Middle East and Japan (疾走するアジア -現代美術の今を見る-) (Bijutsu-Nenkansha, 2010）and A Life with Art (アートを生きる) (Kadokawa Shote, 2012).
Mr. KOK Heng Leun (郭慶亮)
Artistic Director, Drama Box
Kok Heng Leun is the Artistic Director of Singaporean theatre company Drama Box, and a prominent figure in both the English and Chinese-language theatres in Singapore. Thus far, he has directed over 80 plays, including Kuo Pao Kun's Spirit Play, Forum Theatre Trick or Threat!, HERstory (Singapore Arts Festival 2011), Drift (Singapore Season 2008), and It Won’t Be Too Long (Singapore International Arts Festival, 2015)
Heng Leun strongly believes in engaging the community in his works to promote critical dialogues about the world we live in. He is one of the most important theatre practitioners in Singapore advocating applied and engaged arts. Known to be one of the most respectable Forum Theatre practitioners in Asia, he has also ventured into multi-disciplinary applied and engaged arts projects such as Project Mending Sky which deals with environmental issues and PRISM which looks at issues of governance in Singapore. In recent years, Heng Leun has also focused on the issue of end of life. Both Sides, Now is a long-going socially engaged art project (now in its 4th year) using theatre and arts installation, involving healthcare sector and community, to explore what it means to live and die well.
In recent years, Heng Leun has been actively advocating cultural exchanges and dialogues among artists and cultural workers in the region as well as internationally. He has also taken up teaching, curatorial and dramaturgical roles in many projects.
Heng Leun also strongly believes in the importance of research and documentation of theatre and performance. In recent years, he has initiated various projects to document and research on Chinese language theatre in Singapore, including SCENES – Singapore's Chinese Language Theatre, a curated festival programme of theatre and exhibitions, a published anthology of contemporary Singapore Chinese language plays, and currently a publication on the history of Singapore's Chinese language theatre.
Mr. YEUNG Wai Fung (楊懷俸)
Mr Yeung is a retired school art teacher and art administrator. He has worked for more than 35 years in the areas of art teaching, school inspection, teacher training, curriculum development, art assessment and examination and art education administration.
Prof. Frank VIGNERON (韋一空)
Head, Graduate Division of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Frank Vigneron received a PhD in Chinese Art History from the Paris VII University, a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Paris IV Sorbonne University and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He joined the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2004, teaching courses on the history of Western art, the theories of modernism and postmodernism in art, and Chinese and Western comparative aesthetics. His research focus is on the history of Chinese painting from the 18th Century onwards and on different aspects of contemporary Chinese art seen in a global context. In 2010, he became Chair of the Hong Kong Art School Academic Committee as well as a member of the Hong Kong Art School Council. He is also a member of the International Association of Art Critics Hong Kong. Vigneron is also a practicing artist. He has held several solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and has taken part in local and international exhibitions.
Prof. Gunalan NADARAJAN
Dean, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design
Gunalan Nadarajan, an art theorist and curator working at the intersections of art, science and technology, is Dean and Professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. His publications include Ambulations (2000), Construction Site (edited; 2004) and Contemporary Art in Singapore (co-authored; 2007), Place Studies in Art, Media, Science and Technology: Historical Investigations on the Sites and Migration of Knowledge (co-edited; 2009), The Handbook of Visual Culture (co-edited; 2012) and over 100 book chapters, catalogue essays, academic articles and reviews. His writings have also been translated into 16 languages. He has curated many international exhibitions including Ambulations (Singapore, 1999), 180KG (Jogjakarta, 2002), media_city (Seoul, 2002), Negotiating Spaces (Auckland, 2004), DenseLocal (Mexico City, 2009) and Displacements (Beijing, 2014). He was contributing curator for Documenta XI (Kassel, Germany, 2002) and the Singapore Biennale (2006) and served on the jury of a number of international exhibitions, like ISEA2004 (Helsinki/Talinn), transmediale 05 (Berlin), ISEA2006 (San Jose) and FutureEverything Festival (Manchester, 2009). He was Artistic Co-Director of the Ogaki Biennale 2006, Japan and Artistic Director of ISEA2008 (International Symposium on Electronic Art) in Singapore.
Nadarajan is active in the development of media arts internationally and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Inter Society for Electronic Art and is on the Advisory Boards of the Database of Virtual Art (Austria), Cellsbutton Festival (Indonesia) and Arts Future Book series (UK). He serves on the Board of Directors of College Art Association and is on the International Advisory Board of the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. He has also served as an advisor on creative aspects of digital culture to the UNESCO and the Smithsonian Institution. He continues to work on a National Science Foundation funded initiative, Network for Science Engineering, Art and Design, to develop and support a national network for collaborative research, education and creative practice between sciences, engineering, arts and design. In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art.
Nadarajan has served in a variety of academic roles in teaching, academic administration and research for over two decades. Prior to joining University of Michigan, he was Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Arts. He also had previous appointments as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Arts and Architecture, Pennsylvania State University and Dean of Visual Arts at the Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.
Dr. CHEUNG Ping Kuen (張秉權)
Director, Hong Kong Art School
Cheung Ping Kuen is a respected arts educator and a senior arts practitioner in Hong Kong. With over 40 years of relevant experience, Cheung has proven his genuine passion, unique insight and solid commitment towards Hong Kong’s arts field.
Cheung obtained his B.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining Hong Kong Art School in 2015, he was the Head of Liberal Arts Studies at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he also served as the Acting Chair of the School of Chinese Opera in the academic year 2013-14. Prior to taking these positions, Cheung had also served as Programme Director of Independent Learning Centre (Chinese Section) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Cheung has long been dedicating his support to the development of the local arts scene, and he has been taking up various advisory roles in the industry. He was appointed as a member of Hong Kong Arts Development Council from 1996 to 2007; while serving as the Chairman of the Drama Committee throughout the twelve-year appointment period, he was also the Chairman of Arts Support Committee from 2005 to 2007. Cheung is currently the Chairman of Art Form Panel on Theatre, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and he was a Member of Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee, Home Affairs Bureau from 2004 to 2014.
Being active in promoting performing arts in Hong Kong, Cheung is the founding Chairman of Hong Kong Drama/Theatre and Education Forum. He is also one of the founders of Amity Drama Club, an established drama society in Hong Kong. He was involved in the productions by the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Shatin Theatre Company, Exploration Theatre and Theatre Horizonte.
Cheung is also devoted to liberal arts, literary study and arts critique. He is currently the Chairman of the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong). He is the author of On Huang Tingjian's Circle of Friends and his Poems, published by the Chinese University Press in 1978, as well as the editor of a number of books and journals on theatre arts and related reviews, including Hong Kong Drama Review (vols. 1-4), A Narrative History of Hong Kong Drama from the Thirties to Sixties, Restless Youth: Hong Kong Plays from the 1970s, and After the Fireworks: Hong Kong Drama Scripts 1998. He also co-authored The APPLE Method: an Illustration of Drama-in-Education Workshop, Reading Drama: Appreciation of 20 Drama Excerpts and Reading Dramatic: Appreciation of 20 Literary Pieces with a Pair of Drama Glasses, all published by the Education Bureau with an aim to enhance the role of drama education in the formal curriculum.
As recognition of his long-term contribution to arts development in Hong Kong, Cheung was awarded a Medal of Honour by the Government of Hong Kong SAR in 2002.
Mr. Christopher CHEUNG (張士宗)
Lecturer / Programme Coordinator, Hong Kong Art School
Christopher Wicky Cheung has got solid educational background spanning through fine art graphic design, graduated with a BA (Hons) in photographic design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, an MFA at RMIT University, Australia and an MA in graphic design at London College of Communication, UK. He was awarded with the Chevening Scholarship in 2008. Christopher has been dynamically working in the design industry for over 15 years and has served in many different capacities from art director to creative director at various advertising/design agencies. With his passion in fine art, design and teaching, Christopher is also credited as a visiting lecturer at many tertiary institutions. His current position at Hong Kong Art School involves him in overseeing a Bachelor (Honours) degree in applied and media arts, which is co-hosted with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (SPEED). In 2016 Christopher has also started serving as a consultation panel member with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
Dr. WONG Kwok Choi, Kacey (黃國才)
Academic Committee Member, Hong Kong Art School
Wong Kwok Choi, Kacey’s experimental art projects investigate the poetics of space between men and their living environment. Kacey was born in Hong Kong in 1970. He was the winner of Best Artist Award (2010) and Rising Artist Award and Outstanding Arts Education Award (2003) presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Kacey studied architecture in Cornell University, received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Chelsea School of Art, and Design and Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Kacey curated many art exhibitions exploring issues of space and city: Home (1999), Personal Skyscraper (2000), City Space (2001), and Drift City (2001, 2002, 2010), exhibited both locally and internationally. Kacey started his Drift City photo series since 2000, dressing up as a skyscraper travelling from city to city in search for utopia. He published the photo book Drift City 10 Years in 2010. His mobile home tricycle project Wandering Homes was selected for feature at the 2008 Venice Architectural Biennale and his floating house Paddling Home, performed in Victoria Harbour, was the star feature in 2010’s Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture exhibition. As a social activist his recent political artworks explore the possibility between art and public demonstration, linking art and political resistance into one.
Mrs CHEUNG TSOI Wing Tin, Sylvia
Cheung Wing Tin, Sylvia was educated in the United States where she received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Child Development. Upon her return to Hong Kong she received a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Hong Kong.
Cheung’s career in teaching began in California where she was a preschool and kindergarten teacher. She returned to Hong Kong and taught at La Salle College in Kowloon Tong before becoming headmistress of Christ Church Kindergarten and then Diocesan Preparatory School. She joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a lecturer and Programme Leader of the Bachelor of Arts in Pre-primary Education Programme from 1999 to 2006. She worked for the Education Bureau as Chief School Department Officer, setting up the Pre-primary Education Support Section from 2006 to 2010.
Cheung has been involved in public services for many years, and serves at various committees appointed by the Government, to name a few: Council Member, Hong Kong Institute of Education; Member, Assessment Panel on Language Development for Students in Kindergarten, Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence; Member, the Adjudication Panel for the Outstanding Schools Award Scheme, Quality Education Fund of the Education Department.
She has been a member of the Education Department Education Television Language Programmes and is past Chairman of the Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education and Services.
She is the author of several textbooks, Storyland Phonics, Playtime Phonics, Letter and Sounds, My fun Rhymes, Galaxy Phonics Readers, Easy Phonics and co-author of the first set of integrated curriculum set out in the Guide to Pre-primary Curriculum in 1986.
Ms. Lam Suk Yee, Connie (林淑儀)
Executive Director, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Graduated from the University of Hong Kong with double majors in Fine Arts and Comparative Literature, Lam Suk Yee, Connie joined the Hong Kong Arts Centre in 1997 and has been its Executive Director since 2009. She has been very active in promoting the development of the Hong Kong art scene by serving in a number of committees and panels including the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, the Hong Kong Film Development Council, the Committee on Venue Partnership of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Sub-committee on Visual Arts under the Advisory Committee on Arts Development of the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR.
Connie has rich curatorial experience in various art forms including visual art, video and media art, as well as comic art. She co-curated two visual art exhibitions with Fumio Nanjo and Eugene Tan, featuring outstanding Asian artists. In 2006, she initiated a series of exhibitions focusing on the development of Hong Kong comic art, which later gave birth to the Comix Home Base in 2013 – Hong Kong’s first art community dedicated to local comics and animation, finding its home in a revitalised Grade II historic building. Connie is also dedicated to audience-building by initiating programmes such as the Street Music Series, Open Dance and so on; and she is the Executive Producer of Big Blue Lake and Flowing Stories, Hong Kong Arts Centre’s first home-made full-length film and feature-length documentary released in 2011 and 2014 respectively.
Mr. PAK Tak Wan, Christopher (白得雲)
Head of Academic Studies in Music, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Pak Tak Wan, Christopher is currently Head of Academic Studies in Music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Chairman of the Teaching and Learning Committee of the School of Music. He had been appointed as guest lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and member of the Committee on Arts Education of the Hong Kong Curriculum Development Council. He is currently Chairman of the Music Art Form Panel and member of the Programme and Development Committee of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and Vice Chairman of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble. He has been frequently invited to give lectures and conduct workshops for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, City University of Hong Kong, Music Office, Radio Television Hong Kong, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Education Bureau, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and Macao International Music Festival, including several series of the radio programmes Music from China and Songs of the Earth for RTHK Radio 4. He received a commendation from the Secretary for Home Affairs of the HKSAR Government in 2014.