Reflections on Working as an Art Professional During a Pandemic
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, contemporary art organisations and platforms have made many adjustments in response to an ever-changing situation. They’ve translated and continued their research and public education programmes online, and they’ve found innovative ways to communicate and share knowledge, expanding the ways viewers engage and interact with art.
For this round table discussion, Gallery Weekend Beijing is inviting professionals representing multiple non-profit organisations from across Greater China to discuss the relationship of art, the public, and the media in our current moment.The conversation will address the following: in a situation where in-person activities at cultural venues are limited or on pause, what new tactics have museums and other non-profit organisations and platforms tried – online and offline? In order to engage new audiences, how do we incorporate knowledge of an audience’s habits and visual attentiveness into programme design and planning? As cultural administrators, how do we cope with and master media, technologies, and the communication resources we have at our disposal? What consensus have we achieved through interactive communication? In times of uncertainty, what social responsibilities should public cultural organisations assume and what functions do they serve?
By bringing art professionals together in a discussion, this forum aims to build connections, share experiences, and explore road maps for development, hoping to advance the art landscape in Greater China.
Date and Time: 30 October, 2020 at 8pm Beijing time
Duration: 90 minutes
Language: Mandarin Chinese + English
Format: Online Zoom Conference
How to Participate: ZOOM ID Meeting ID：923 1802 0204 Password：20201030
Nicole Ching is the founder of Museum 2050, a platform for investigating key issues about the future of cultural institutions in the Greater China region and for providing a place for young museum professionals to converse, share ideas and create a vibrant museum community. Nicole graduated from UCL in Classics and read for an MSc in Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology at Oxford and was selected to be a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University. Her broad arts experience includes working at Sotheby’s and Shanghai’s Long Museum and writing for ArtAsiaPacific. Nicole is passionate about unlocking the potential of private museums in China. An advocate for stronger arts curricula in the Chinese education system, she hopes that Museum 2050 will initiate more fluid conversation between international art institutions and China.
Anqi Li, works and lives in Hong Kong, is Curator of Education and Public Programs at Para Site. She manages and organizes exhibitions and public programs, PS Paid Studio Visits, International Conference, Workshops for Emerging Arts Professionals, International Residency, internship, and publications. She is interested in diasporic cultures and the relationship between individuals and the city. Li is dedicated to supporting emerging artists and young professionals, aiming to become an effective communicator between the public and the arts. She was previously a part of several non-profit art organizations in the United States. She holds a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco Art Institute and a master’s degree from Harvard University in Arts in Education.
Chelsea Qianxi Liu is a curator based in Beijing. She is currently the in-house curator of Taikang Space. Past curatorial projects include Media Forward, Boundaries Backward (2020), Long Day (2019), Tracing the Mushroom at the End of the World (2019), Boundless Realities, Multiple Nows—Contemporary Art from Hubei as A Sample (2017). She has been involved in the editorial projects include Inside and Beyond the White Cube: 50 Years of Art Criticism from Artforum (SDX Joint Publishing Company, 2017) and Zhang Peili: Record. Repeat (Art Institute of Chicago,2017). Her writing has appeared in ARTFORUM, LEAP, ArtAsiaPacific, FLASH ART, among others.
Pan Min, Education Manager of Rockbund Art Museum
Jianru Wu is an editor and curator, currently works as the Media Lab Director at Guangdong Times Museum, focusing on cross-media publication and curation. She worked as the senior editor of LEAP magazine from 2012 to 2017, and has organized talks, screenings and public programs since 2011. She edited books publication for artists and museums. Her writings have appeared on Artforum.com.cn, Ocula, The Art Newspaper China, among others. She received Asian Cultural Council fellowship in 2017, and was a visiting scholar of Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in April 2018.
Qinrui Hua, Programme Manager of Gallery Weekend Beijing