Lecture Dinner: "The Art of Collecting: Passion, Principles, and Practices" with Catherine Maudsley

Date :
Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Time :
18:30 – 19:30 Lecture, 19:30 – 21:30 Dinner
Venue :
Aberdeen Marina Club, 8 Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Cost :
$1,000 Member; $1,100 Non-member
Limit :
19 (FULL)
Enquiries :
Yvonne Choi at [email protected] or 9132-1669, Alice Ko at [email protected] or 2241-5507


The Executive Committee is pleased to organise an evening lecture dinner with Catherine Maudsley, a leading independent fine art professional and one of the Society’s earliest Exco members.


Lecture synopsis:

Collecting is a vital and engaging art form, full of creative energy.  At its best, it is informed and guided by passion, principles, and best practices.   In this talk, Catherine will introduce The Art Gallery of Ontario’s African art collection, built over several decades by Dr. Murray Frum whose vision and passion created one of the world’s most significant private collections of African art.  The Frum Collection is an excellent example of passion and principles.   To highlight important collecting practices, Catherine will also consider The Studio of Gentleness and Ardour private collection of dye-resist textiles, examining the questions about what to acquire, why to acquire, and social impact responsibilities. 



Catherine Maudsley is a trusted senior advisor and curator to private, museum-caliber private collections in Hong Kong and globally.  An art historian, art advisor, curator, writer, and educator, she has lived in Hong Kong for four decades. She is the recipient of over 20 awards for academic excellence, Catherine was a Connaught Research Scholar at the University of Toronto (School of Graduate Studies); a Canada-China Scholar in Beijing (Central Academy of Fine Arts); a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Hong Kong (Department of Fine Arts) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grantee (Hôbôgirin Institute, Kyoto).

Her recent curatorial practice includes: “Intimate Encounters: Handscrolls and Albums from the M K Lau Collection”; “Wesley Tongson: The Journey”; and “Rendering Change: The Art of New China”.

Art collector Murray Frum (1931-2013)
Photographer: Jeff Coulson
Image source: copyright The Globe and Mail