West meets East: Collecting, Curating and Collaborating in China today

Chair: Rebecca Lyons, Director, Royal Collection Studies, The Attingham Trust
Andy Hei, Founder and Director, Fine Art Asia
Dr Ros Holmes, Presidential Academic Fellow in the History of Chinese Art, University of Manchester
Tim Reeve, Deputy Director and COO, V&A Museum

The Lecture Theatre
Friday 28 June 2019 Friday 28 June 2019
17.00 -

West meets East: Collecting, Curating and Collaborating in China today

East/West working and collaboration has existed for centuries in the arts - with Europe learning from and adapting Chinese techniques and aesthetics and China engaging with European artists and makers.

This panel discussion brings together representatives from the museum, academic and commercial art worlds to explore some of the speakers' direct experiences in collaborative working between the UK, Hong Kong and China in the 21st century.

Each speaker will outline some of the key areas of learning and exchange involved in their collaborations or collections - in the creation of gallery spaces and commercial ventures, or the exploration of digital resources and new media. There will then be an exploration of some of the key ideas raised and speakers will be happy to take questions from the audience, in an interactive and engaging discussion about collaboration West/East in the global art world.

REBECCA LYONS is the new Director of Learning and Collections at the Royal Academy of Arts. She is also the current Director of Royal Collection Studies, for the Attingham Trust, a ten-day intensive professional development course for museum directors, curators and art-world specialists based at Windsor Castle.

ANDY HEI is a professional dealer with 30 years’ experience in the appraisal and conservation of classical Chinese furniture. He is the second generation of the prominent H.L. Hei family, which has dealt in huanghuali and zitan furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 70 years. In 2006, Andy initiated and organised the first annual Hong Kong International Asian Antiques and Arts Fair, which was renamed Fine Art Asia in 2010. In 2015, Andy also founded Ink Asia, the world’s first art fair dedicated to ink art. In total, Andy has successfully organised 18 international art fairs in Hong Kong.

DR ROS HOLMES is Presidential Academic Fellow in the History of Chinese Art at The University of Manchester. She recently co-curated 'Chinternet Ugly' at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art - a group exhibition exploring the vitality of contemporary art and artists within China’s hyper-regulated online realm. Ros is currently completing her first book, provisionally entitled The Art of Incivility in Contemporary China - the first sustained investigation of how civility (and its counter image) have been visualised in China.

TIM REEVE has been Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the world's leading museum of art, design and performance, since 2013. As well as taking a strategic and operational overview of all museum activities, Tim has particular responsibility for the V&A’s international strategy, and led the V&A's pioneering partnership with China Merchant's Group in creating the new V&A Gallery at Design Society in Shenzhen, China, which opened in December 2017.