“The Cradle of New Chinese Ink Painting Movement” Exhibition jointly presented by Wah Yan College, Kowloon (WYK) and the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) was successfully opened at the Art Gallery of the Institute at Tai Po on Monday 29 November 2010 at 3 p.m.. A Seminar on Chinese Art Education was held at the Hong Kong Institute of Education on the same day. Thanks to the hard work and devotion of the WYK Ink Painting Exhibition Organizing Committee (see picture) chaired by Mr Yim Pak Kai (1972 graduate), this Wah Yan Kowloon Cradle Exhibition has been presented for the 14th time with 15 associated Chinese art educational lecture/seminar/symposium at 14 different cultural institutions in 7 major cities of the world since its inauguration at Hong Kong City Hall in December, 2006. (see attached) This is probably a record for an exhibition of works in Chinese ink by a group of teenagers who were Form 1 and Form 2 students of a secondary school (Wah Yan College, Kowloon) in Hong Kong 40 years ago.
The idea of the exhibition with HKIEd started with discussions with HKIEd staff on the Cradle project for almost a year. The actual planning work for the exhibition didn’t start till September. Based on the floor plan of the Art Gallery at HKIEd, a display mock-up plan was prepared in October. The mounting of the exhibits was done by the expert staff under the supervision of Gallery Manager Mr Wong Yu Kai of HKIEd by the third week in Nov. (see photo series No. 1)
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Under the guidance of our PR expert Derek Fung Kai-Ming (72 grad) with the co-operation of the Communication Office of HKIEd, this WYK exhibition and seminar have attracted much attention from the media. Attached are: (a) an article in Yazhou Zhoukan 亞洲週刊, a weekly magazine for South-east Asia circulation, (b) an article in Sing Tao Daily 星島日報, and (c) a 4-page description of the exhibition with reference to a number of our Wah Yan old boys in U Magazine. (see pages 1-2, pages 3-4) It is expected more news on the exhibition will be reported by the media during the exhibition period in the month of December, as I have been interviewed with reference to the exhibition by several other newspaper reporters as well as by a camera crew of Hong Kong Cable T-V inside the exhibition gallery in the past week. (see photo series No. 2) (A report by Wen Wei Po 香港文匯報 has since been published.)
The exhibition opening ceremony was very well attended. Among the guests were many friends and staff of HKIEd and WYK, including our present and past WYK principals, Dr John Tan and Mr Norman So, as well as quite a number of past teachers and students of WYK. The platform party was made up of ten members headed by Dr Ho Chi Ping (Former Secretary for Home Affairs of HKSAR), Madam Dong Cui Di (中央驻港联络办公室教科部副部长董翠娣), Prof. Y C Cheng (Vice-President of HKIEd). Dr Ho pointed out in his opening speech that the exhibition of ink paintings by Wah Yan students has revealed an innovative and effective means to overcome the deep-rooted problem of learning Chinese painting through copying. It has opened up a channel for our art teachers today to enhance students’ knowledge of and respect for Chinese painting which is the gem of Chinese culture, thus, cultivating in the minds of our school children a stronger feeling and respect for their own country. This new method of teaching Chinese ink painting has an additional value in promoting national education. Other than Dr Ho, those who addressed the opening ceremony gathering included Prof Cheng, Dr Tan and myself. Then there was the presentation of souvenirs to the guests of honour and the invited guest speakers of the Seminar, followed by group photos and a reception. (see photo series No. 3)
The Seminar began at 4 p.m.. Dr Thomas Ho, the Assistant Head of the Dept of Cultural and Creative Arts of HKIEd was the moderator of the Seminar. The subject of the Seminar was “Chinese Art Education, Its Continuation and Extension 中國美術教育的承傳. I was invited to give the first lecture, which covered a brief survey of the development of Chinese art education in the 20th century, leading to the development of modern Chinese ink art in the art arena of China today. There were four other speakers. Prof Ka-Leung Mok, Chairman and Professor of the Department of Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong, spoke on how general public looked at Chinese painters in the early days and how traditional Chinese painting was related to social behaviour. Prof. Tai-Keung Kan of Shan Tau University spoke on his learning experience when he studied Chinese ink painting under Lui Shou Kwan, and how he was influenced by his teacher in respect of his work as a designer and as a painter. Dr Vanessa Lok-Wa Li, Senior Curriculum Development Officer (Visual Arts) of Education Bureau, HKSAR, gave an account of the work programs being pursued by the HK Government to enhance the ability of in-service visual arts teachers in teaching Chinese art in secondary and primary schools in Hong Kong. Dr Ming-Fai Hui, Associate Prof. of Outcome-Based Learning Unit, HKIEd, spoke on her personal experience and observation of the work of visual arts teachers in their attempts to give introductory learning lessons on creative Chinese ink painting techniques to primary school children. The Seminar was very well attended and the talks of the speakers at the seminar were well received. We had practically a full house, made up of art educators, artists, art lovers, and many visual arts teachers. (see photo series No. 4)
It is expected that I shall be required to give a number of conducted tours to a number of visitors and students groups in the month of December. Hopefully, this exhibition will pass the message of the exhibition to more visual arts teachers as well as to many teachers-to-be in HKIEd.