Teaching Labs | Sites and Situations: Understanding Public Art and Urban Space through Event Horizon Hong Kong

When 22 & 23 Apr 2016
Where Room 307-8, British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Talk and AAA Teaching Community Workshop around British artist Antony Gormley’s public art installation Event Horizon Hong Kong as part of AAA’s Alternative Learning Platform series of Teaching Labs.

Event Horizon Hong Kong sets 31 life-size sculptures of the human body on the streets and rooftops of Central and Western Hong Kong for viewers to consider their own relationship to urban space. The large-scale public art project triggers controversial debates and prompts residents to reflect on the city’s public art needs. Using Gormley’s installation as a case study, AAA Teaching Labs presents a talk and Teaching Community workshop to help educators understand and analyse the cultural issues surrounding the project.

Talk | Fri, 22 Apr | 5-7pm (Refreshments will be served starting at 4:30pm)

Moderator: Lau Tin Ming, Deputy Principal of Arts and Humanities Development, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
Speakers: Ingrid Chu, Public Programmes Curator, Asia Art Archive; Anthony Leung Po Shan, art critic; and Sampson Wong Yu Hin, urban researcher and independent curator
Language: Cantonese and English (with simultaneous interpretation in English)
Target: Teachers from all disciplines are welcome (Liberal Studies, Visual Arts teachers, and cultural educators in particular). Please indicate in the registration form if you would like to bring your students to the talk as seats are limited. The talk is also open to members of the public. 
Fee: Free

What is ‘public art’? How is it interpreted and practised? How does public art relate to urban space? How does a sculpture placed in Hong Kong provoke its inhabitants to reflect on their relationship to the city? Exploring Event Horizon Hong Kong through ideas around ‘public art’, ‘urban space’, and ‘body and the surrounding’, the talk delves into the meaning and function of public art in Hong Kong and other cities—in addition to comparing the differences between government-led and self-initiated public art projects, widening the perspective through related cultural issues.

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AAA Teaching Community Workshop | Sat, 23 Apr | 10am-1pm

Moderator: Lau Tin Ming, Deputy Principal of Arts and Humanities Development, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
Language: Cantonese
Target: Liberal Studies and Visual Arts teachers. (Liberal Studies and Visual Arts teachers are encouraged to sign up in pairs). To gather a diversified peer-support group, the programme seeks teachers who are passionate about culture and art, and interested in engaging in participatory discussions.
Quota: 20
Fee: Free

To deepen understanding of the various aspects of public art and consider new pedagogical possibilities in Liberal Studies and Visual Arts, the workshop provides multiple lenses through which to appreciate and analyse Event Horizon Hong Kong—and to create classroom tools through group discussions.

The AAA Teaching Community will work together to develop lesson plans and teaching tools. The session will be led by Lau Tin Ming and the following teachers:
Ho Wai Yin (SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School)
Peggy Kwan (Tang Shiu Kun Victoria Government Secondary School)
Janice Lee (The Methodist Lee Wai Lee College)
O Cheung (Part-time Teacher)
Florie Tse (Jockey Club Ti-I College)
Lilian Wu (Lok Sin Tong Yu Kan Hing Secondary School)
Yuen Kit Sum (HKSKH Bishop Hall Secondary School)

Online registration is now closed. For enquiries, please contact Joey Chung at 2844 1121.

To request written proof for seeking approval from your school, please contact us via or 2844 1121.

A certificate will be given to those with full attendance upon request.

Guided Tour for Teachers
Date & Time: Fri, 22 Apr, 3-4:30pm
Gathering point: Courtyard, G/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Speaker: Cassius Taylor-Smith, Curatorial Director of Event Horizon Hong Kong
Language: English
Target: Secondary school teachers
Quota: 15
Fee: Free

Prior to the talk, a guided tour exclusively for secondary school teachers will be held to take a closer look at the sculptures from PMQ to Hong Kong Park.

Lau Tin Ming is the Deputy Principal of Arts and Humanities Development at HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. He teaches Liberal Studies, Performing Arts, and Art History. He is a member of LCSD Art Form Panel (Dance and Multi-Arts) and an HKADC Art Advisor (Dance). With a degree from the University of Hong Kong in Fine Arts and Comparative Literature, Lau's master thesis focused on the development of Contemporary Dance in 1990s Hong Kong. Since 2006, he has been very active in various dance-related projects, and his collaborative project Positioning received the Hong Kong Dance Award 2011 by the Hong Kong Dance Alliance.

Ingrid Chu is a Hong Kong-born curator and writer and Asia Art Archive's inaugural Public Programmes Curator. A graduate of the CCS Bard College Curatorial Studies MA programme, she has experience from international museums and non-profit art organisations including Creative Time; Forever & Today, Inc.; Noguchi Museum; The Power Plant; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her writing has been featured in such contemporary art and culture publications as Afterall, frieze, Kaleidoscope, Kaleidoscope Asia, Performa Magazine, Walker Art Center Magazine, and Yishu, and she was selected for the 2012 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Workshop.

Anthony Leung Po Shan studied Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She worked for Para/Site Art Space, and was a member of In-Media (Hong Kong), and Hong Kong Culture Monitor. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Sampson Wong is an interdisciplinary urban researcher and geographer. Currently a lecturer at the Liberal Arts Department of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, he examines and engages contemporary urban issues through independent curatorship, writing, and art-making. He co-founded and directs the Hong Kong Urban Laboratory, emptyscape, and the Umbrella Movement Visual Archive.

Teaching Labs is an annual professional development series that builds a supportive learning community in partnership with Hong Kong schools and educators. AAA is committed to encouraging confidence in using contemporary art and culture in an educational setting. By exploring spaces, resources, and pedagogical modes outside ordinary classrooms, the Alternative Learning Platform series aims to widen teachers’ perspectives and experiences in education.

Presented by the British Council, Event Horizon Hong Kong launched on 19 November 2015 and will continue to be a part of the Hong Kong cityscape until 18 May 2016. Asia Art Archive is an institutional partner of Event Horizon Hong Kong.


  • Sites and Situations: Understanding Public Art and Urban Space through Event Horizon Hong Kong (Cantonese)
  • Sites and Situations: Understanding Public Art and Urban Space through Event Horizon Hong Kong (English)
Image: Antony Gormley, Event Horizon, presented in Hong Kong by the British Council. Photography by Oak Taylor-Smith.
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