Built in 1846, the Flagstaff House originally housed the office and residence of the Commander of the British Forces, and today it is the oldest colonial building remaining in Hong Kong. In 1984, it was converted into the Museum of Tea Ware, a branch museum of the Hong Kong Museum of Art. It specializes in the collection, study and display of tea ware, and features at its core the generous donations of Dr. K.S. Lo, including many Yixing (purple clay) tea wares from Jiangsu province. A new wing, the K.S. Lo Gallery was added in 1995 to display the additional collection of Song-dated ceramics and Chinese seals from the K.S. Lo Foundation.
We are delighted to organize a guided tour of the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware with Anita Y.F. Wong, the new Acting Director of UMAG. Following a tour of the exhibits, we will enjoy tea and vegetarian dim sum lunch at the elegant Lock Cha Tea House on the ground floor of the K.S. Lo Gallery.
Anita Y.F. Wong is the new Acting Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery. One of the first graduates of the Fine Arts Department of HKU, she was the Officer-in-charge of the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware from 1989 to 1996, managing the operation of the museum, as well as the planning and inauguration of the K.S. Lo Gallery. She joined UMAG as Curator in 1996 and used her expertise in tea culture to develop UMAG's Tea Gallery in 2000. Serving the best quality tea in Yixing teapots, the Tea Gallery has become a popular venue for visitors, HKU staff and students.
Anita has been involved in diverse fields of study, including Chinese paintings and calligraphy, ceramics, tea culture, seal-engraving, as well Buddhist and Taoist sculptures. She is also Honorary Assistant Professor of the Fine Arts Department of HKU, part-time Lecturer for the Diploma of Chinese Culture in the School of Professional and Continuing Education of HKU, and Advisor of the International Shiwan Ceramics Association.