Artists inspire us, but what inspires artists?

AAA invited artists from around the world to choose a book that inspired their artistic practice and share personal stories related to their selection, thereby providing singular perspectives on these foundational texts—whether novels, poetry, or classics from sci-fi, psychology, history, philosophy, and other disciplines.

Under the Influence: A Travelling Library of Books that Inspire Artists features one hundred titles, from across multiple genres, chosen by these artists. It travels into the campuses of ten Hong Kong secondary schools from June 2017 to May 2018. Students will learn from artists' reading and creation journeys, expand their cultural exposure and scope of reading, and build their capacity for knowledge transfer and integration.

Travelling Schedule

Jun | Yan Chai Hospital Lim Por Yen Secondary School
Sep | Chinese International School
Oct | Tang Shiu Kin Victoria Government Secondary School
Nov | The Harbour School
Dec | Yan Chai Hospital No.2 Secondary School

Jan | SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School
Feb | S.K.H. Lam Kau Mow Secondary School
Mar | Buddhist Wong Wan Tin College
Apr | Delia Memorial School (Glee Path)
May | Tuen Mun Catholic Secondary School


Learning and Participation Programme Sponsor:

Under the Influence is supported by Art Basel in Hong Kong, Wendy Lee & Stephen Li, Elaine & Anto Marden, and Dee Poon.

Design Partner: Open UU

Special thanks to all participating artists.

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Under the Influence: Books that Inspire Artists

Under the Influence: Books that Inspire Artists

Tue, 21–Sat, 25 Mar 2017