Dr. Emma Watts

Assistant Professor
Art History, Visual Culture

Emma has a background that has encompassed both the commercial sector and the academic arenas of art and visual culture, criticism and interpretation. She joined the Academy in 2010 and specializes in teaching Western art history and theory, modernity and the ecologies of art. Emma has developed National and tertiary curricula and been active in policy, planning, education and advisory boards for Heritage, Arts and Museums and curatorial and collection management in Australia and UK.

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Emma completed her PhD at University of York, UK, examining British Art and its exhibitions in late 19th Century colonial Australia. This research positioned the accumulation of cultural capital as a cross-cultural exchange, which examined the ecology of art as an economic and political tool in the creation of the colonial cultural environment.
Emma is currently working on a number of projects that explore issues of the economy of art, cultural consumption and the ecologies of art with a particular focus on the impact of the international art markets in the rapidly growing artistic environment in Hong Kong. Ongoing research projects include: The accumulation of cultural capital with focus on the international art markets in Hong Kong; and The Ecologies of Art in Hong Kong. 


2013

“The Annunciation”, Transpose: Contemporary Ink Paintings by Koon Wai Bong. Museum of East Asian Arts, Bath Uk & Asia One Books, Hong Kong. 2013

2013

“Resting on a Red Leaf”, Transpose: Contemporary Ink Paintings by Koon Wai Bong. Museum of East Asian Arts, Bath Uk & Asia One Books, Hong Kong. 2013

2012

Images in a Meta Landscape – The work of Ng Sai Kit, Klack, Hong Kong. 2012

2011

Eastern Art through Western Eye, in Daniel Chak-Kwong Lau; Synergy Between Traditional And Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy And Seal Engraving, Asia One Books, Hong Kong. 2011

2011

Viewing as Spectacle: Museum audiences in late 19th century Australia –Empire State of Mind: Articulations of British Culture in the Empire, Lingnan University 25-27 May 2011

2007

The Comic Critic: Punch Magazine and the Satire of Paint, Modernist Magazines Conference, Universities of Nottingham, July 2007