This interview is part of the Hong Kong Art History Research - Pilot Project, a collaboration between Asia Art Archive and Hong Kong Museum of Art. It was conducted at Sandra Walters' office on 19 June 2013.
After moving to Hong Kong in 1969, Walters opened Arts Promotion in 1973, which as a gallery showed predominantly French lithographs and art by artists in Hong Kong. Throughout its operation (1973-1984) Arts Promotion held exhibitions in various sites and collaborated with various parties, ranging from private homes to the Excelsior Hotel, the artist-run Quorum Gallery, the French bank Societi Generale, and the City Hall Museum and Art Gallery.
In this interview, Walters shares her experience of the nascent art market of 1970s Hong Kong. Walters also reminiscences about her experience of setting up an exhibition at City Hall in 1974, her encounters with different viewing publics, and her perspective of the development of art writing in English.
Walters lives and works between Hong Kong and Paris.
Michelle Wong is a researcher at Asia Art Archive. Wong received an MA in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, United Kingdom. Her research interests include mapping, magazines, and the sound medium.
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