HKS Past Events

Chinese Art in Hong Kong – Collecting Societies, Museums and Auction Houses

Date: Friday 9th March 2018
Upper Ryder Street Gallery at Christies, 8 King St, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6QT
3.30pm Lecture, 4.30pm Refreshments


During the early to mid-20th century, collectors and dealers from mainland China brought an influx of Chinese art, along with their expertise on the subject, to the British colony of Hong Kong. Here large collections of Chinese art were built up in a multicultural environment, and the study of Chinese art was actively promoted through collectors’ societies, public exhibitions, scholarly publications and the art trade from the 1960s to 1990s. Through outlining the history, context and impact of private and institutional collecting in this specific geographical location, this talk examines how collecting networks and practices reflected as well as triggered broader trends in the consumption and perception of Chinese art, exemplifying the ways in which representative Hong Kong individuals and key institutions both continued Chinese traditions and appropriated Western methods in framing ideas of Chinese art.

IvyChan01bBorn and raised in Hong Kong, Ivy Chan is a Specialist in the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Department at Christie’s, having joined the company in 2010. After reading History and Art History, she obtained her MA in History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, focusing on early Ming period ceramics. In addition to lecturing on the Christie’s Education Arts of China MA course, she has worked on multiple research and translation projects related to Chinese art and culture, and is currently completing her doctoral thesis on Chinese art collecting in Hong Kong at SOAS.

This event is for members of the Hong Kong Society only and places are on a first come first served basis.

Hong Kong Society Chinese New Year Dinner

Date: Tuesday 20th February
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES
Time: 6:30pm Cash Bar, 7.00pm Dinner

DogChinese New Year 2018, which falls on the 16th February, is the start of the year of the Dog. The Dog year is a time of fairness and equality. Integrity and honesty are the values that lead to success under Dog’s watchful and just influence. In general, we will all be imbued with the Dog’s keen sense of right and wrong.

Do come and celebrate CNY with the HK Society at our annual CNY dinner, which this year will once again be held at the Oriental Club. Last year, we were treated to a specially created Chinese menu from their Chef and they have assured us that the menu for this coming CNY dinner will also be an authentic Chinese one. The dinner will be in their private outside space the Shamiana.

The price includes all food but not drinks which will be available for purchase from  the cash bar. Our CNY Dinner is very popular and places tend to sell out quite quickly, so do register as soon as possible to confirm your place.


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