Primarily known as a sculptor and printmaker, Ha Bik Chuen (1925–2009) had parallel practices of photographing exhibitions he attended while collecting materials (including illustrated magazines and artist portraits) for the construction of book collages.

In 2013, Asia Art Archive began an initial pilot project to map, assess, and selectively digitise Ha’s archive by invitation of the Ha family. Made available to a wider audience for the first time, Ha Bik Chuen Archive consists of a continuously growing selection of Ha’s collage books, exhibition documentation, and catalogues. It provides a singular window into Hong Kong’s art history through international exchanges, exhibition history, and the circulation of artistic practices and reading materials.

In July 2016, with support by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Ha’s archive in his studio in To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, was relocated to a dedicated project space in Fo Tan, New Territories, where it is temporarily housed as part of a three-year project. The Ha Bik Chuen Archive Project aims to catalyse new ideas and knowledge by opening up, activating, and circulating materials from the Ha Bik Chuen Archive through selective digitisation, research, and collaborative programming such as residencies, fellowships, workshops, and exhibition making.

AAA currently seeks short-term (3 months) part-time Project Assistants for the project—to start immediately or no later than 15 Mar 2019.

 

Project Assistant (part-time, Hong Kong-based)

Responsibilities:

  • Handle and process archival materials from the Ha Bik Chuen collection, including listing, describing, and digitising selected materials from the Ha collection
  • Support the Ha Bik Chuen Archive team in cataloguing physical materials and compiling archival inventories 

 

Seeking individuals with:

  • Intellectual curiosity and ability to learn on the job, adapt, and improvise
  • Ability to work in a small, dynamic team environment, and to independently manage and execute multiple tasks following a project timeline
  • Interest in collection management, assessment, and digitisation
  • Technical knowledge of photography is an advantage
  • Strong English and Chinese word processing skills

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or above in humanities, social sciences, or the arts
  • Preference will be given to candidates with relevant work experience

 

To apply, please send a CV, cover letter including expected salary to sally@aaa.org.hk by 8 Mar 2019 Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. AAA is committed to equal employment opportunities.