Get to Know your Archive

Visit Asia Art Archive and join our exciting programmes during the Archive’s first annual Open Weekend. Themed ‘Between the Lines’, the two-day event aims to inspire new and non-traditional readings of material in AAA’s collection and expand the meaning of ‘reading’ itself.


For Teachers:
Brunch & Preview | Teachers’ Toolkit
7 Jul 2012, 10am-12pm | Cantonese & English
Secondary school visual arts and liberal studies teachers are invited to view AAA as an alternative classroom. Responding to the regional lack of resource material for learning about and teaching contemporary art, AAA presents accessible programmes and learning resources derived from its collection.

For Kids & Parents:
Kids & Parents Programmes | The Art of Storytelling
7 Jul 2012 | Age 3-5 | English
2-2:30pm: Artist (and father) Lam Tung Pang
7 Jul 2012 | Age 3-5 | Cantonese
3-3:30pm: Artist (and father) Luke Ching
4-4:30pm: Artist (and father) Justin Wong

8 Jul 2012 | Age 5-8 | English
10:30-11am: Artist (and mother) Clara Cheung
11:30-12:00pm: Artist (and mother) Yuk King Tan

Kids and their parents are invited to join artists who will share creative ways to engage children through storytelling.

For Young Audiences:
Young Audience Evening | Text(s)Text(s)Text(s)
7 Jul 2012, 7-10pm | Dinner included
Experience the library activated at night with surprises of sound and light! Text messages dominate our communications, reflect our individual styles, and shape our reading habits. What happens at night when the materials in the Archive try desperately to communicate with each other? What are their secrets, their friendships, their love stories?
This programme is organised by PageNEXT, initiated to introduce AAA to other young people (aged 15-25) and promote contemporary art in society.

For General Audiences:
Tours |  Explore the Collection with Artists

Explore AAA’s collection in different artistic ways through the eyes of two artists. 

Tour by artist Tang Kwok Hin | 7 Jul 2012 
12:30pm; 4:30pm Cantonese | 2pm English

Tour by artist Samson Young | 8 Jul 2012
12pm; 4:30pm English | 2pm Cantonese

Meals and Conversations | Food for Thought

We are what we eat! Join artists and designers in casual conversation while sharing food they selected.

Rice Pudding | 7 Jul 2012, 5-6:30pm | Cantonese & English
Artist Nadim Abbas & Enoch Cheng, Programme Manager, Asia Art Archive
A Journey of Tea: From Tieguanyin to Pu'er | 8 July 2012, 3-4:30pm | Cantonese
Documentary Photographer Simon Go & Lydia Ngai, Head Librarian, Asia Art Archive

Workshop | Behind the ‘Seen’
7 July 2012, 3-4pm | Cantonese & English
8 July 2012 , 3-4pm | Cantonese & English
Imagine the journey a piece of documentary material makes before finally appearing on the shelves of the Archive. This interactive workshop led by AAA staff reveals the research and archiving process at AAA, using as an example AAA’s recent project on Oil Street artist village.

Screening Marathon | Visual Documents

Screen videos from the Archive’s collection selected by members of the art community.
Screening Schedules | 7 July | 8 July

AAA Library Assistant Gabrielle Chan, AAA Programme Manager Enoch Cheng, Artist Ho Sin Tung, Curator Jeff Leung, Gallerist and Musician Aenon Loo, Artist Kingsley Ng, Artist Pak Sheung Chuen, Writer Lawrence Pun, Artist Wilson Shieh and Researcher Phoebe Wong

Exhibition |  Hong Kong Art: 5460 days

As Hong Kong reaches the 15th anniversary of the Handover, AAA displays a range of material from its collection that responds to this important historical moment.

Exhibition | Artists-in-residence: MAP Office

As part of their residency, artist/architect duo Map Office is creating an atlas of real and imaginary places found in the Archive. The atlas will serve as a unique visual cartography in which text and image work together to dissolve the conventional borders of Asia. The project is exemplary of research as a process of discovery and investigation.

Workshop | Pick a Leaf

Create your own bag by selecting a page from a book in AAA’s collection, photocopying it, making comments on it, and printing it on a bag as a souvenir with the help of PageNEXT’s core team.
This programme is organised by PageNEXT.

7 July 2012, 12-1pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 4:30-5:30pm
8 July 2012, 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-2:30pm, 4-5pm

AAA Open Weekend welcomes hundreds of visitors to enjoy free programmes. Due to limited capacity, some programmes require registration; please register at or 2815 1112 by 5 July. All registered participants will receive email confirmation.

Walk-ins may be accepted, subject to seat availability.

Opening Hours:
Saturday 7 July 2012, 10am-10pm
Sunday 8 July 2012, 10am-6pm

The library and all events will be closed when Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above is hoisted or a Black Rainstorm warning is in force.


Supported by: Milkxhake, Sift, Sino Art, YOU C1000
Media Partners: Little Steps, U Magazine

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