Guided Tour: Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival Joy Again, Isle with Alan Cheung

The HKU Museum Society is pleased to organize a guided tour to Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival Joy Again, Isle with Alan Cheung, Co-founder and Managing Director of One Bite Design Studio, Curator for the Arts Festival.

Built upon the successful implementation of the three-year Yim Tin Tsai Festival in 2021, the Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival 2022 has expanded beyond Yim Tim Tsai to include Sharp Island, Kau Sai Chau and High Island. Themed “Joy Again, Isle”, the Arts Festival continues to showcase collaborations amongst local and non-local artists, youngsters and villagers. Yim Tim Tsai and the surrounding islands will turn into an “open museum” again, blending the rich history, local culture, heritage, and natural environment of Sai Kung Hoi with artworks.

The opening edition starts with Yim Tin Tsai and Sharp Island. Our guided tour will visit art installations at these two locations. Artists are invited to create artworks with themes like village stories, balance of rural and urban development, ecological conservation, and cultural inheritance. We will enjoy a casual lunch by the waters at Chef de Yim Tin which will open especially for us on their day off.

 

Speaker

Alan Cheung is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of One Bite Design Studio. He graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong for both his Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture and is a registered architect in Hong Kong with 15 years of experience. Leading the first B Corp in Hong Kong from the architectural industry, he and his team at One Bite bridges commercial & public sector with the community through their creative ideas.
Alan brings collaborative creations that are grounded in human-design thinking, to connect people to the space in their community and strengthen the social fabric. He focuses on public space, social design and cross-disciplinary creative strategy.

More information about the festival can be found at:

https://skhartsfestival.hk/en/

Guided Tour: Heritage Sites on the Old Course, Hong Kong Golf Club

The HKU Museum Society is pleased to organize a heritage tour to the Old Course of the Hong Kong Golf Club.  Built in 1911, the Old Course is the oldest 18-hole course in Greater China. The Fanling property, with 44.3% of the site covered by trees, is estimated to have a minimum of 409 potential Old and Valuable Trees (OVTs). It is a habitat for a huge variety of birds, insects, reptiles, and other wildlife including a resident colony of Common birdwing butterflies – Hong Kong’s only protected insect species – and the globally endangered Reeve’s terrapin.  It is also home to many ancestral graves that dates back several hundred years to the Qing and Ming dynasties.

To explore the indigenous flora and fauna of Hong Kong, our tour will be guided by personnel from both the HKGC and Timothy J. Peirson-Smith, the Managing Director at Executive Council Limited (advisor to HKGC).  The route includes viewings of ecological habitat, heritage landscape, butterfly garden, conservation sites, etc, all of which are on this 111-year-old course.

 

Speaker

Timothy J. Peirson-Smith (Tim), the Managing Director at Executive Counsel Limited, has over 30 years of professional PR experience and is a stakeholder engagement and public relations specialist,. Tim has been developing major stakeholder engagement strategies and implementing them for over 30 years on large planning, development and infrastructure mega projects, such as Channel Tunnel Rail Link (UK), London Underground extensions, and some of the largest Hong Kong transport and development infrastructure projects such as HK International Airport, CLP’s LNG Terminal and Offshore Wind Farm. Tim is also working on the stakeholder engagement support for Hong Kong Golf Club (HKGC) since 2018. His role is to devise stakeholder engagement strategy focusing on technical audiences, such as eNGOs and various professional institutes etc.

(FULL) Culinary Dinner: Chef Jacky Yu’s Xi Yan – Penthouse

The Executive Committee is pleased to organise a private culinary dinner prepared by celebrity chef Jacky Yu at his new studio Xi Yan – Penthouse in Shau Kei Wan. 

In his one and only previous career, Jacky was a graphic designer with his own practice.  After more than two decades in the business, he decided to follow his heart and established the Xi Yan Restaurant.  At the heart of it, lies Jacky’s inspiring passion for food and his love of the arts.  As a painter and ceramic artist, Jacky appreciates that food and the arts are one and the same.

Since then, Jacky has not looked back.  He was selected as one of Asia’s top movers and shakers by the Asia Inc Magazine.  In 2007, he represented China/Hong Kong to participate in a nation-wide telecast food demonstration at Lyon, France. In addition, he has hosted many prime-time television cooking series and published nine best-selling cookbooks. He epitomizes a new generation of creative cuisine artists who are challenging and changing the concept of food. 

Jacky’s creation is fundamentally modern Chinese but brings together diverse Asian culinary cultures. Some of his signature dishes include Sichuan spicy chicken, crispy tangerine peel pork belly, braised abalone in Japanese sake and soy sauce, etc. For our members, Jacky will prepare a special menu from what’s freshest of the season.  And whatever it is, we know it will be a feast for the eyes as well as our palate.

(FULL) Talk:“Re-exploring the Opium War of 1841 from 1 Book, 1 Drawing and 1 Medal” with Bassanio Kwok (Conducted in Cantonese)

The HKU Museum Society is pleased to present a talk “Re-exploring the Opium War of 1841 from 1 Book, 1 Drawing and 1 Medal” with Kwok King Cheung Bassanio.  This talk will be conducted in Cantonese.

Synopsis

The Opium War marked the beginning of modern China.  As the consequence of the Treaty of Nanking, the Manchu Government fell into the abyss of repeated military defeats and hence national humiliations which resulted in its eventual overthrow.  The general explanation of the defeat of the Manchu in the war was due to British warships’ sturdy construction and cannons’ high power.  But the research into the details reveals a lot of surprising findings.  The talk will focus on the books, drawings and medals of the 1840s, with the purpose of re-exploring the critical points of the war through the people, objects and perspectives of that time, which might serve as inspiring lessons for today.

鴉片戰爭揭開中國近代史的序幕,隨着南京條約的簽訂,滿清政府墮入不斷戰敗及喪權辱國的深淵,至最後覆亡。外夷船堅砲利一向是解釋滿清戰敗的普遍說法,但英軍在鴉片戰爭中是如何「船堅砲利」,當中的細節卻是出人意表。本講座聚焦於1840年代的書籍、畫作及勳章,透過當時的人、物和觀點,重新探索戰爭勝負的關鍵,並對今天的啟示。

Speaker

Kwok King Cheung Bassanio is a researcher and a seasoned collector of Chinese Orders and Medals of the late Manchu and early Republican periods, some of which were exhibited in the “Beiyang Warlords: War and Politics” exhibition at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum. A long-standing member of the HKU Museum Society, he has presented talks at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum and the University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU “More about the Orders and Medals of the Beiyang Warlords”, “The Social Physiognomy of China around May Fourth Movement as shown in the Medals and Publications concerning the Governing of Shanxi by ‘Model’ Warlord Yan Xi-shan” and “Dr. Sun Yat-sen and Cheng Bi-guang: Unrest in Guangdong during the Early Republican Period and the Movement for the Protection of the Constitution”.

講者簡介

郭競翔,清末及民初勳章研究者,收藏經驗過三十年,曾於孫中山紀念館及香港大學美術博物館主講的講座有<北洋軍閥勳章沿革趣談>、<五四前後的中國社會風貌趣談:由山西「模範」軍閥閻錫山的勳章及治晉著述說起>及<孫中山與程璧光︰民初廣東亂局及護法運動>。

   

Guided Viewing: “Enduring Strength and Passion: The Chinese and Western Art of Ting Yin Yung” with Dr. Sarah Ng (Members Only)

The HKU Museum Society is pleased to organize a guided viewing of Enduring Strength and Passion: The Chinese and Western Art of Ting Yin Yung, a retrospective of Master Ting’s multifaceted work in commemoration of his 120th anniversary, presented with support from the HKUMS 30th Anniversary Endowment Fund. The tour will be guided by Dr Sarah Ng, Curator of this exhibition.

A native of Maoming county in Guangdong province, Ting Yin Yung (1902–1978) studied Western painting in Tokyo at the Kawabata Painting School in 1920, and at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. He returned to Mainland China in 1925 and emigrated to Hong Kong in 1949, where he developed his artistic practice as a painter, seal carver and greatly admired teacher.

Ting’s painterly styles vary widely, as he worked in both oil and ink. He excelled at figure paintings, and his landscape paintings and still lifes were stylistically influenced by both European Modernism and Chinese ink paintings. He consistently aimed to reconcile the techniques and characteristics of Western and Eastern approaches.

Originally trained in Western methods, Ting became increasingly interested in Chinese ink painting. A great admirer of Ming and Qing dynasty paintings, Ting’s artistic style is noteworthy for its simplicity, which is indicative of a departure from his predecessors’ realistic representations. His use of line, void and space exemplifies his contribution to the formulation of a modern Chinese style that was in part informed by his study of ancient oracle bone scripts, and also emerged in parallel with his oil paintings beginning in the 1960s. Master Ting was equally known for his use of personal seals that illustrate an abstract language of their own and established Ting as a prolific and distinctive seal carver.

 

Speaker

Dr. Sarah Ng is a historian of visual arts and material culture specializing in late imperial Chinese painting, calligraphy and ink rubbings. She is the curator of the Hong Kong University Museum & Art Gallery (UMAG). The relationship and reinterpretation of the Chinese tradition in contemporary art practice is her primary area of scholarly interest. Her work also addresses collecting, connoisseurship, canon formation, workshop practices, art conservation, museum studies and bookplates. She lectures on these subjects and other areas of expertise internationally.

 

Image: Sai Kung Seaside, Courtesy of UMAG

Heritage Tour: Sha Tau Kok and the Northeast (in Cantonese)

Upon popular request, the HKU Museum Society is pleased to organize a second guided heritage tour to Sha Tau Kok 沙頭角 curated by Jerry Yeung, Director of a specialized tour company.

Our tour starts from Central where we’ll board a private mini coach. The first stop is to hike to Ma Tso Lung 馬草壟 viewpoint that offers an amazing view of the wetlands and Shenzhen skyline. We will then continue our journey to Sha Tau Kok and Northeast to visit Kang Yung Study Hall 鏡蓉書屋 (a 200+ year old declared monument), Cheung Shan Monastery 長山古寺 built during the Qianlong’s reign 乾隆 (1789), exterior of Fat Tat Tong 發達堂 (a traditional Hakka residence), the historic Hung Ling Station 孔嶺站 (a Grade III historic building by the Antiquities and Monuments Office 香港三級歷史建築), and Fanling Wai 粉嶺圍 (a historic walled hamlet). We will wrap up this tour with a Hakka cuisine lunch and personal time to stroll through the town before returning to Central.

Highlights of Sha Tau Kok

(Note: We’ll NOT be visiting this area of Sha Tau Kok that requires a Closed Area Permit. The information below is for your reference only.)

Situated in Hong Kong’s North District, Sha Tau Kok 沙頭角 is the last remaining major settlement in the Frontier Closed Area 香港邊境禁區 since 1951. Until recently, a visitor will need a permit and a guarantee from a local resident to enter this border town. Most of its residents are from Hakka 客家 farming or Hoklo (Hokkien) 福建fishing backgrounds. However, both farming and fishing have declined in the past few decades, with the better educated younger people moving to live and work in urban areas. 

During Britain’s lease of the New Territories (1898), and again after the Chinese Communist Revolution (1945 – 1949), the town gained political relevance due to its strategic location. Sha Tau Kok Control Point 沙頭角管制站is one of Hong Kong’s land border crossing points and the famous Chung Ying Street中英街serves as a section of the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen 深圳 on the Chinese side.  A museum was built on this street to celebrate the transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong. It has on display a history of Chung Ying Street and its place in the incorporation as a territory of British Hong Kong at the end of the 19th century. 

The terminus of Sha Tau Kok Branch Line of Kowloon-Canton Railway, built over 100 years ago, is a testimony to the economic hub that Sha Tau Kok once was. The railway ceased to operate in 1928 and was replaced by Sha Tau Kok Road 沙頭角公路.  On this tour, we will follow its track and take a mini coach to discover the interesting Donghe Hui Hakka culture 東和墟客家文化.

 

Photo credit: Travel Tailor

(FULL) Cultural Lecture: Orientation of the Palace Museum and its collection with Lee Meiyin (in Cantonese) 《故宮文化》講座

The HKU Museum Society is pleased to invite Ms Lee Meiyin to present a lecture on the Palace Museum (also known as the Forbidden City).  The lecture will cover the magnificent architectural structures, layout, orientations and its imperial collection. The evacuation of its collection shortly before the outbreak of World War II. Ms Lee will also highlight some of the artefacts currently on display at the Hong Kong Palace Museum

《故宮文化》講座

李美賢老師著意協助我們加深理解北京故宮和香港故宮文化博物館展品的文化內涵,特別為香港大學博物舘學會進行一次故宮文化專題講座,內容大綱如下:

– 北京紫禁城宮殿簡介

– 抗戰時期故宮文物南遷

– 香港故宮文化博物館展品簡介

 

Speaker

Ms. Lee Meiyin’s areas of research include the history, art and costumes of the ethnic minorities of China, Buddhist art, Dunhuang art, silk and embroideries. She previously served as HKUSPACE guest lecturer (2000-2010), as well as a member of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee. She is currently a specially appointed research fellow of Dunhuang Academy, a visiting associate professor of the Chu Hai College, and a Vice President of the Friends of Dunhuang (Hong Kong). She also serves on the Board of Dunhuang Grottoes Preservation and Research Foundation of China, and as an expert advisor to the public museums of Hong Kong.

李美賢女士的研究範圍包括中國少數民族(民族史與服飾)、佛像藝術、敦煌藝術、絲綢與刺繡(歷史與賞析)。曾任香港大學專業進修學院導師(2000-2010),香港非物質文化遺產諮詢委員會委員。現任敦煌研究院特聘研究員、香港敦煌之友副主席,也是中國敦煌石窟保護研究基金會理事、香港博物館之專家顧問。

Culinary Evening: Tour, Talk & Dinner – “Connecting Past & Present“ with Project Architect William Lim

Founded in 1936 as a humble street side dai pai dong, Yung Kee has become an incomparable legacy among historic Hong Kong restaurants. This heritage brand grew into one of the city’s premier Cantonese restaurants with a loyal customer base spanning generations. Recently, this first Chinese restaurant to ever receive international acclaim (one star in the Michelin Guide) has undergone a major renovation at its iconic location in Central. 

We are pleased to organise a special evening with a guided tour, talk and dinner with project architect William Lim.  William will be joined by renowned HK designer Stanley Wong (anothermountainman).  Together, they will share insights about the design concepts and the stylistic changes that are synonymous with Yung Kee’s evolution in refining its culinary culture while preserving its heritage, combining tradition with modernity

Speakers

William Lim, Founder and Managing Director of CL3 Architects Ltd. (CL3), brings over 20 years of experience to his projects. An acclaimed architect and artist, William graduated from Cornell University and has spent the past two decades at the forefront of architecture, culture and art. Since founding CL3 in 1992, William has established a notable presence on the global design scene. The studio’s diverse, award-winning portfolio includes architectural and interior projects for hotels, restaurants, retail, corporate, residences and art installation design. His recent local renovation and architectural projects include Yung Kee Restaurant, H Queen’s and M+ Lounge.

Stanley Wong, also known as “anothermountainman,” is a Hong Kong artist, photographer, and designer best known for his Red White Blue series, a series of artworks based on the shopping bags commonly used in Hong Kong and presented at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. His photography series “Lanwei” was collected by M+ Museum.

(FULL) Heritage Tour: Sha Tau Kok and the Northeast (in Cantonese)

The HKU Museum Society is pleased to present a guided heritage tour to Sha Tau Kok curated by Jerry Yeung, Director of a specialized tour company.

Our tour starts from Central where we’ll board a private mini coach. The first stop is to hike to Ma Tso Lung 馬草壟 viewpoint that offers an amazing view of the wetlands and Shenzhen skyline. We will then continue our journey to Sha Tau Kok and the Northeast to visit Kang Yung Study Hall 鏡蓉書屋 (a 200+ year old declared monument), Cheung Shan Monastery 長山古寺 built during the Qianlong’s reign 乾隆 (1789), exterior of Fat Tat Tong 發達堂 (a traditional Hakka residence), the historic Hung Ling Station 孔嶺站 (a Grade III historic building by the Antiquities and Monuments Office 香港三級歷史建築), and Fanling Wai 粉嶺圍 (a historic walled hamlet). We will wrap up this tour with a Hakka cuisine lunch and personal time to stroll through the town before returning to Central.

 

Highlights of Sha Tau Kok

(Note: We’ll NOT be visiting area of Sha Tau Kok that requires a Closed Area Permit. The information below is for your reference only.)

Situated in Hong Kong’s North District, Sha Tau Kok 沙頭角 is the last remaining major settlement in the Frontier Closed Area 香港邊境禁區 since 1951. Until recently, a visitor will need a permit and a guarantee from a local resident to enter this border town. Most of its residents are from Hakka 客家 farming or Hoklo (Hokkien) 福建fishing backgrounds. However, both farming and fishing have declined in the past few decades, with the better educated younger people moving to live and work in urban areas. 

During Britain’s lease of the New Territories (1898), and again after the Chinese Communist Revolution (1945 – 1949), the town gained political relevance due to its strategic location. Sha Tau Kok Control Point 沙頭角管制站is one of Hong Kong’s land border crossing points and the famous Chung Ying Street serves as a section of the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen 深圳 on the Chinese side.  A museum was built on this street to celebrate the transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong. It has on display a history of Chung Ying Street and its place in the incorporation as a territory of British Hong Kong at the end of the 19th century. 

The terminus of Sha Tau Kok Branch Line of Kowloon-Canton Railway, built over 100 years ago, is a testimony to the economic hub that Sha Tau Kok once was. The railway ceased to operate in 1928 and was replaced by Sha Tau Kok Road 沙頭角公路.  On this tour, we will follow its track and take a mini coach to discover the interesting Donghe Hui Hakka culture 東和墟客家文化.

Photo credit: Travel Tailor

Discover the New Brooklyn – Guided Tour to Independent Art Space and Sham Shui Po Neighbourhood (in Cantonese)

The HKU Museum Society is pleased to present a guided tour of the latest exhibition at “Form Society”, an independent art space in Sham Shui Po. The founder, Mr Wong Tin Yan, will talk about the exhibition and share his experience running an independent art space. Tai Nan Street in Sham Shui Po has become the stomping ground for many hipsters in recent years. After visiting his art space, Wong will tell us about the changes in the Sham Shui Po neighbourhood by walking around Tai Nan Street.

 

Form Society

Artist Wong Tin Yan founded Form Society hoping to bring the community closer together. The 1,300 sq ft space is split into five main areas, including a collaboration space and a multipurpose exhibition area. This creative space also hosts regular guest speaker sessions, workshops and pop-up events — all open to the public — so be sure to check ahead to see what they have coming up.

 

About Wong Tin Yan

Wong Tin Yan is a Hong Kong sculptor who mainly uses discarded wood. Besides, he was an art educator and columnist & has been a TV program presenter. He was also the founder of an alternative art space, “Form Society”, at Sham Shui Po Tai Nan Street starting in 2017. Moreover, he had invited by the M+ education department for the “M+ Rover” project in 2019-2021.