Meet-the-Artists: Fiona Wong x Law Uk Folk Museum
8 May



“Meet-the-Artists” allows arts ambassadors to talk to different local artists face-to-face to appreciate their artwork and learn their interesting stories behind.


A dialogue between man in the present and the house of a bygone age

Law Uk is a Hakka village house dating back more than 200 years ago, the only remaining example of a village house from the old villages in Chai Wan. The ancestors of the Law family settled in this area during the Kangxi period (1662-1722) in the Qing Dynasty, and lived a life of frugality and hard work by farming and fishing. Law Uk Hakka House was declared a historical monument in 1989, and restored and converted into a folk museum.


It is difficult to jump the time gap and imagine things of a hundred years ago. When old things are presented in an isolated way in a modern context, the visitor tends to be assigned as the bystander role, looking at history and following a story but feeling totally alienated,” says Fiona Wong. Folk museums in general follow a particular formula where traditional furniture is displayed in a room setting. This creates the impression that the place is deserted. Wong thinks an old house should not get stuck in a time warp; instead, new elements should be injected into a historical monument like this to bring out contemporary people’s passionate yearnings for a home. A space should be created where visitors can ply between history and art from a new perspective, and reflect how they can connect to an old house.


// About the activity //
Date: 27 May 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 2:15pm - 3:00pm

Law Uk Folk Museum (14 Kut Shing Street, Chai Wan)


Arts Ambassadors studying F.1 or above (9th Arts Amassadors first)

Quota: 15
Contact: 2820 1036 (Ms. Lau) / 2820 1016 (Ms. Cheung)

Deadline17 May 2017 (Wed)


// About the artist //

Fiona Wong

Wong graduated from the University of East Anglia and later obtained her MFA degree at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has been invited to various artist-inresidence programmes all over the world. She received Starr Fellowship award from Asian Cultural Council in 2000 and was invited to participate in the ‘Hong Kong Eye’ exhibition held at Saatchi Gallery in London in 2012. Fiona is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva. She currently teaches at The Hong Kong Art School.