Ms. Wan Lai Kuen, Annie

Assistant Professor
Ceramics

After obtaining her Diploma in Design and a Higher Certificate in Studio Ceramics from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Fine Arts Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1996 and 1999, Ms. Annie Wan devoted herself to art making and to researching a conceptual approach to moulding.

Wan has participated in various local and overseas exhibitions; she has been awarded the Winner (Sculpture) of the Philippe Charriol Foundation Art Competition in

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1999, the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in 2000, the Overseas Residency Grant by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2003, and the Award Winner of the Hong Kong Art Biennial in 2003.

She has been an artist-in-residence at institutions in the USA, Japan and Denmark from 2001 to 2004 and was invited as Guest Artist by Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan, and was selected as an artist in the Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme II by the Hong Kong Art Promotion Office. Her work is in the collections of individuals and institutions internationally, including the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Burger Collection and the University of Salford Collection. 


My investigation is deeply engaged with re-thinking the materiality of ceramics and its process of making; I am interested in extending the language of contemporary ceramics art, especially the conceptual approach.

The nature of ceramics is making singular objects by hand with raw materials and craftsmanship, yet the development of contemporary art has moved away from the hand to the brain, from raw material to found object, and from singularity to a multiplicity of information.

The contemporary world is full of simulacra, as if nothing is physical and singular. I am interested in investigating this distance from the simulacrum-discourse and bringing it closer to the material reality.

This notion of searching and re-thinking expresses an anxiety about the identification of ceramics with the contemporary art language. In the dialectic process of searching, the way of re-thinking ceramics (as the subject for investigation) retains its identity and value of existence yet also leaves an openness for exploration with artistic imagination, concept and idea.

SOLO EXHIBITION

2013
“Text · Book”, 1a Space, Hong Kong

2008
“Looking for Poetry in Wanchai”, Stage One Art Space, Hong Kong

2005
“Moulding World – A Summer in Denmark”, the Habitus, Hong Kong

2003
Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme II “Moulding World – Ceramic World by Annie Wan”, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong

2001
“Rediscovery”, the First Institute of Art and Design Gallery, Hong Kong

1999
“Blue and White”, Gallery Martini, Hong Kong

1999
The MFA Thesis Exhibition “Longing and Rediscovery, Hui Gallery, CUHK

1998
“Ceramic Works by Wan Lai Kuen” in the Fringe Festival 98, Hong Kong

1997
“Paintings by Annie Wan” in the Fringe Festival 97, Hong Kong

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

2018
“What Has Been, Will Be Lost Until we Find It”, Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong
“Warum Kunst? ”, Museum Ulm & Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Germany
“PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art”, St George;s Hall, Liverpool, United Kingdom
“The 3rd Guangdong Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition”, Ucity Art Museum of GAFA, Guangzhou, China
“Hanzi Exhibition”, Qube, PMQ, Hong Kong
“2018 Sign and Symbols” Art Exhibition, VAC, Hong Kong
“No Man is an Island”, Ceramic Art Avenue Gallery, Jingdezhen, China

2017
“What’s in Store? ”, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, United Kingdom
“Composing Stories with Fragments of Time”, Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong
“Collecting Moonlight”, several shops at North Point & Oil Street Art Space, Hong Kong
“Evolving Images – Modern Hong Kong Printmaking”, Sun Museum, Hong Kong

2016
“The Eight Climate (What Does Art Do?)”, 11th edition of Gwangju Biennale, South Korea
“Complexity Consciousness: A Conversation – Exhibition by Annie Wan and So Hing Keung”, Lumenvisum, Hong Kong
Curator, “Between the Tastes”, Unit Gallery, Hong Kong
“Art Central 2016”, Art Central, Hong Kong
“Lady Dior As Seen By”, Langen Foundation, Düsseldorf, German
2016 China (Foshan) Shiwan International ceramic Art Exhibition, China
“Bookshop”, Artco, Hong Kong

2015
“Discover Japanese Pottery”, Unit Gallery, Hong Kong
“2015 Contemporary Asian Ceramics Exchange Exhibition”, Museum of China Academy of Art, China
“Black and White”, Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong
Curator, “Ceramics Show by Non-ceramics Artist”, 1a Space, Hong Kong
Curator, “Vessel No Vessel”, Unit Gallery, Hong Kong
“First, then and after”, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong
“Early White”, 1a Space, Hong Kong
“The Past is Continuing”, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong
“ICA Off-Site: Hong Kongese”, Duddell’s, Hong Kong
“Mind The Gap”, 1a Space, Hong Kong
“Crush On My City”, Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong
“Dear Readers”, Koo Ming Kown Gallery, HKBU, Hong Kong

2014
“Kochi-Muziris Biennale”, Kochi, India
“Asia Triennial Manchester 2014”, Manchester, UK
“Lodge of Tranquility”, Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong
“The Scarlet Bauhinia in Full Bloom”, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong

2013
“Lady Dior As Seen By”, Pier 4, Hong Kong
“Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012”, Hong Kong Museum of Art
“All of These Are Made of Clay”, Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan
“Asian Contemporary Ceramics Exchange Exhibition”, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa & Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Art Museum, Tokoname, Japan
“I Think It Rains”, Cattle Depot, Hong Kong
“Hong Kong Eye”, Artistree, Hong Kong

2012
“Hong Kong Eye”, Saatchi Gallery, London
“East Asian Four Countries Exchange Exhibition”, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
“Is/Is Not Kai Tak River a Metaphor”, 1a Space, Hong Kong
“Guangdong Contemporary Ceramics Art Exhibition”, Ucity Art Museum of GAFA, Guangzhou, China

2011
“2011 Asian Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition”, Foshan Ceramics Museum, China
“Trim”, Unit Gallery, JCCAC, Hong Kong.
“Open the Pages · You See Me Seeing You”, Kubrick Bookshop, Beijing &, 1a Space, Hong Kong.
“UN · EARTH: An Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Art from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan”, Ipreciation Gallery, Singapore
“Detour 2011”, Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design at Former Police Married Quarters (PMQ), Hong Kong
“Winter Show”, Gseventeen gallery, Macau
“Regeneration – the Spirit of Light”, Stage of the Arts at K11 Art Mall, Hong Kong

2010
“Clay Rhythm 2010 Macau”, 10 Fantasia, Macau
“UN · EARTH: An Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Art from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan”, Ipreciation Gallery, Hong Kong
“You Are Here, I Am Not”, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong
“Prelude – CVA Opening Exhibition” Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Baptist University
“Hong Kong Art 10”, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
“Collectivity”, 1a Space, Hong Kong
“Sideward Narration”, 1a Space, Hong Kong
“In Search of Art”, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong
“Someone Said: Fi_e_rts”, Ch’ien Mu Library, Chinese University of Hong Kong

2009
“21 Days”, Academy of Visual Arts Gallery, Hong Kong Baptist University

2008
“Art Container Project”, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
“Hong Kong Anarchitecture Bananas: Artists Who Reclaim Space”, Artist Commune, Hong Kong

2007
“Prison Art Museum”, Victoria Prison, Hong Kong
“New Aspect of Image / Image of Pottery”, Gallery Susuki, Kyoto; Gallery Haku, Osaka, Japan
“10 Years! Exhibition of Ceramics”, Pottery Workshop, Shanghai, China
“HomoNow 3D & Installation Art Exhibition”, Central Library, Hong Kong

2006
“MEGartSTORE”, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong
“Exhibition of Modern Ceramic Art from Hong Kong and Macao”, Tap Seac Gallery, Macao
“Trigram Choice Contemporary Hong Kong Art”, Trigram Gallery, Hong Kong
“XIX eme Biennale Internationale de Céramique Contemporaine de Vallauris”, Vallauris, France
“Rhyme of White” – Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong

2005
“Re:Wanchai – Hong Kong International Artists’ Workshop Exhibition”, Wanchai, Hong Kong
“Beyond the Space”, Too Art, Hong Kong
“Art Motive” Va Bene, Hong Kong

2004
“Culture & Identity”, Guldagergård, Museum of International Ceramic Art, Denmark
“Art@Tube – Ceramic Works by Annie Wan and Rachel Cheung”, Central MTR Station, Hong Kong
“Toys ’bout”, Habitus, Hong Kong

2003
“Hong Kong Cultural Festival in Japan – Hong Kong Week”, Daimaru Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“International Ceramic Biennale” Incheon, Korea
“Yuanyang: An Exhibition on Coffee & Tea Vessels”, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
“Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition 2003”, Hong Kong Museum of Art
“Cheng Ming in All Directions: 40 Years of Art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong”, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

2002
Launching Exhibition of “Artists in Neighbourhood”, Hong Kong Central Library

2000
“L’art de Vivre la Difference”, UNESCO, Paris
“Contemporary Chinese and Hong Kong Ceramics Exchange Exhibition”, the HK Visual Arts Centre and GuangDong Museum of Art, Guangzhou.

1999
“Philippe Charriol Foundation Art Competition Exhibitions”, Hong Kong

1998
“Forest · Props”, the HK Visual Arts Centre
“No More Utensils 98”, the HK Arts Centre
“The New Discovery of Lo Ting”, the HK Arts Centre
“Dialogue between Paintings”, Government Building in Admiralty

1996
“No More Utensils”, the HK Art Centre
“Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition 96”
“Hong Kong Ceramics 1985-1995” at the HK Visual Arts Centre

1994
“Out of the Fire”, the HK Arts Centre
“The International Ceramics Festival”, Tokoname, Japan

1993
“Tea ware by Hong Kong Potters”, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

1992
“Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award”, Auckland, New Zealand
“Clay Root”, the HK Arts Centre
“Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition 92”

1991
“Date With Clay”, the HK Arts Centre
“The International Workshop of Ceramic Art in Tokoname” Exhibition in Japan

“From the Renaming of the American Craft Museum to the Development of Contemporary Hong Kong Ceramics in the Context of Art and Craft” in Hong Kong Visual Arts Yearbook 2005. Hong Kong: Department of Fine Arts, CUHK, 2006.

“Nostalgia and Moulding” in White Text Vol.2. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Art School, 2006.

Wan, Lai-kuen Annie. Moulding World – A Summer in Denmark, Habitus, Hong Kong, 2005.

Longing and Rediscovery: Reflections on Moulding. Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1999.

2018   Awarded Artist, Hong Kong House at Echigo-Tsumari Art Field by Hong Kong Art Promotion Office

2017   Presented by Hong Kong Art Development and funded by the Royal Jockey Club Hong Kong: “Zan Baak Fo”, Cheung Hing Grocery Store & Former site of Giant Year Gallery, Hong Kong

2016   Presented and granted by Hong Kong Development Council to participate in the 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea

2014
Participating artist of “Kochi-Muziris Biennale”, Kochi, India
Participating artist of “Asia Triennial Manchester 2014”, Manchester, UK

2011
Granted Guest Artist, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan

2010
One of the presented Artists, Research Project & Exhibition “Cultural Exchange: Ceramics in China, Hong Kong and Japan”, Hong Kong Institute of Education

2005
Artist-in-residence, Re:Wanchai – Hong Kong International Artists’ Workshop, Hong Kong

2004
Artist-in-residence, Guldageraard, Museum of International Ceramic Art, Denmark.

2003
Award Winner, Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition, Hong Kong Museum of Art

1999
Winner-Sculpture, Philippe Charriol Foundation Art Competition

2011
Granted Guest Artist, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan

2005
Artist-in-residence, Re:Wanchai – Hong Kong International Artists’ Workshop, Hong Kong

2004
Artist-in-residence, Guldageraard, Museum of International Ceramic Art, Denmark.

2003
Grant for Overseas Residency Programme, Hong Kong Arts Development Council

2002
Artist-in-residence, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan

2002
Awarded Artist, Artists in Neighbourhood Scheme II, Hong Kong Art Promotion Office

2001
Artist-in-residence, Watershed Centre for the Ceramic Arts, Maine, USA

2000
Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, U.S.A.

1996
Hong Kong Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship, Hong Kong

1991
Artist, International Workshop of Ceramic Art in Tokoname, Japan

Ceramics, a special term for man-made fired clay objects, carries the context of ceramics tradition and culture. Yet the development of contemporary ceramics art is pushing ceramics beyond this, bringing many meanings to ceramics. Broadening the possibilities of ceramics yet at the same time retaining its cultural significance is my objective in teaching. The ceramics courses cover ceramics culture and history and at the same time try to break down the barriers between art, craft and design. Students are encouraged to explore the possibilities of clay as media in different approaches for making art objects as well as contemporary pottery.