Creating Radical Art in a Climate of Fear: Lessons from the Culture Wars in the US

Date: 25 July 2020 (Saturday)

Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Guest: 'Lita-Arti' Kenneth Chan

*To be conducted in English

*Live steam on the Grad Show Facebook page


When we talk about art, it does not necessarily mean artworks such as da Vinci's Mona Lisa (1503) or Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665). It is more accurate to define art as a product of social relations. The participation in art is ubiquitous in our society. It seems that, nowadays, many art students hope to connect their practice to the society, or even influence the society. In this lecture, we have the honour to invite Mr. Kenneth Chan, who obtained his bachelor’s degree from Hong Kong University and his master’s degree in History of Art from University of Oxford, to discuss the function of art in creating and rendering a public atmosphere, through various culture wars in the US. Participants will be able to gain an in-depth understanding of the role of art in society.

當我們談論藝術時,所指並不一定是像《蒙娜麗莎》(1503)或《戴珍珠耳環的少女》(1665)這樣的畫作。若要準確地定義藝術,我們可以說它是一種社會關係的產物。藝術對社會的參與無處不在。似乎如今,越來越多的藝術學生都希望自己的創作能與社會連結,甚至影響社會。是次講座有幸邀請到陳承焜先生,陳先生於香港大學獲得文學士學位,於英國牛津大學獲得藝術史碩士學位。他將藉美國社會發生的各種文化戰爭(Culture Wars),講述藝術在社會中營造以及渲染以及營造大眾氛圍的功能。聽眾可透過是次講座深入了解藝術在社會中擔任的角色。

Tuna Prize Jury’s Sharing

Date: 9 August 2020 (Sunday)
日期: 2020年8月9日(星期日)

Time: 3pm – 5pm

*To be conducted in Cantonese

*Live steam on the Grad Show Facebook page

Established in 2009 by the first class of AVA alumni, Tuna Prize is an award given to the graduates of the Academy of Visual Arts. The jury panel of the award consists of previous alumni, with the aim of opening up the judging system as a forum for discussion as well as discovering the latest trends in the local art scene from the perspective of young artists. The award is expected to be continued each year by graduates.

The jury panel will select works from this year's Graduation Exhibition and award them the Tuna Prize for outstanding performance. In order to achieve a more fair and open decision, the entire judging process is open for students and alumni to witness.

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