Identity, Edge and Border

A perspective on art, public space and memory

Public Lecture by Prof. John Aiken

Date: 29 November 2018 (Thursday)

Time: 19:00-20:30

Venue: WLB211, Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University


Free admission.

For enquires, please contact Mr. Kevin Law at 34118259 or email to

This lecture explores through the eyes of an artist a number of artworks that address issues of identity, edge and border. A range of works are proposed and discussed that address themes and subjects that are recurrent in a number of international contexts. Social, political and cultural significance have been a motivating factor in many of the works that locate themselves in public spaces.  Overtly or covertly these works become symbols of collective memory and social engagement their significance both subjective and objective in an increasingly polarized world.

About Prof. Aiken

John Aiken is an artist and academic who has extensive experience of working in the area of public art. He has been commissioned to make large-scale environmental artworks in the UK, Ireland, the USA, China and Portugal. His work has also been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in public and private museums and galleries internationally.

He has actively been involved in art education since 1976 and has taught at many art schools and universities in Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia and Australia

He held the post of Slade Professor and Director of the UCL Slade School of Fine Art until 2012 and from 2012 to 2017 he was Chair Professor or Fine Art and Director of the Academy of Visual Arts at HKBU.

He currently lives and works in the south of Portugal.

Sponsored by Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation