Asia Art Archive (AAA) presents a talk contextualising art collectives in Asia as well as a workshop designed for educators, introducing materials in AAA’s Collections relating to collectivity in the arts. A workshop and The Collective School exhibition tour will be available for educators after the talk. This event is part of the 2023 Teaching Labs series, AAA’s teacher professional development programme, focusing on Art Collectives.

Talk | Art between the Individual and the Collective
Sat, 18 Feb 2023
10:30–11:45am HKT

In the last few years, collective forms of artistic practice have come into vogue in the field of contemporary art. The talk will provide some historical background for understanding the emergence of art collectives as a phenomenon and introduce the question of the relationship between the individual and the collective in different contexts across Asia. It will review some examples of groups as they have manifested in the art of the last few decades.

This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition The Collective School, AAA’s current project that explores artist-driven and collective models of learning. Developed in collaboration with Gudskul, a Jakarta-based collective that runs a grassroots school for other collectives, The Collective School presents Gudskul and a cohort of collectives’ responses to materials from the archives of other collectives found in AAA’s Collections.

The talk is open to the public with registration and will be held at CCG Library, Asia Art Archive.

John Tain, AAA Head of Research


Image: Washing Silk by Jin River, photographic documentation of 1995 Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu) , Betsy Damon Archive, Asia Art Archive Collection.
Image: Washing Silk by Jin River, photographic documentation of 1995 Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu) , Betsy Damon Archive, Asia Art Archive Collection.

Workshop for Educators
11:45am–12:30pm HKT

How do artists learn from their peers in a collective? And can collective practices be applied to educational settings?

The workshop promotes a learning community for teachers, building on knowledge from contemporary art to develop new tools for different educational settings. The talk will be summarised into keywords for group discussions, guiding teachers to consider methods of introducing contemporary art to classroom settings. The discussion will be accompanied by materials from AAA’s Collections on art collectives in Asia, including publications and artwork documentation.

An optional tour of the exhibition The Collective School will be conducted from 12:30–1pm. 

Susanna Chung, AAA Programmes Manager and Head of Learning & Participation
Carol Choi, AAA Learning & Participation Coordinator

Loretta CHAN (AD & FD POHL Leung Sing Tak College)
Peggy KWAN (Tang Shiu Kun Victoria Government Secondary School)
Carmen KWOK (SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School)
LAM Mau (Munsang College)
Wendy TAI (Li Po Chun United World College)

English and Cantonese

CCG Library, Asia Art Archive 
11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Thursday, 16 February 2023

The workshop is exclusive to educators.

Teachers and pre-service teachers from all disciplines are welcome. The Teachers’ Learning Community seeks teachers who are passionate about arts and culture, and are interested in taking part in discussions. A certificate will be given to participants upon request as proof of Continuing Professional Development of Teachers (CPD).


The AAA Learning & Participation Programme is supported by the S. H. Ho Foundation Limited.