Research

In line with the University’s, strategies, the AVA focuses on the research areas of ‘Cross-cultural Studies’ and ‘Contemporary China Studies’. The Academy integrates visual arts forms and studio practice across various social and cultural contexts, enriching studio-based and applied research for Visual Arts. We also endeavour to study Visual Arts and related academic disciplines to consolidate research data, and revisit both old and new theories, with a specific view of the current cultural agenda of Hong Kong, China and beyond.


Studio-based and applied research

  1. 1. Image: Visualisation and Interpretation
  2. 2. Body as Interface
  3. 3. Object: Aesthetics, Context and Material Culture

Theoretical and community research

  1. 4. Visual Arts as Education and Community Resource
  2. 5. Visual Arts: Management and Dissemination

1. Image: Visualisation and Interpretation

‘Image’ as an emblematic visualisation of a person’s, an organisation’s or a society’s (self-) reflection is a key concept of contemporary culture far beyond the original definition of image as ‘a representation of the external form of a person or thing’. It enables diverse interpretations of images from philosophical, cultural and social perspectives, suggesting inspiring topics for inter-disciplinary research in Visual Arts.

2. Body as Interface

The human body is equally a physical entity and a social construct. The exploration of bodily perception, human-machine interface as well as information and communication technologies encourages and enhances the creative practice and theoretical research in the area of interactive art/design. The interactive quality of various physical/digital media and its possible application are the foci of study in this area.

3. Object: Aesthetics, Context and Material Culture

A physical object only gains function and meaning through its placing within a physical/spatial or socio-cultural environment. In addition, the aesthetic qualities of an object (be it functional or non-functional) always relate to the materiality of its physical form and the way people perceive the object. The inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural nature of material culture studies presents different angles for the examination of the object-human relationship and investigation of how an object changes human experience and their mentalities.

4. Visual Arts as Education and Community Resource

Art and specifically, community art concern more about the living situation of people in a specific place. The historical, social and cultural study of the community and the human experiences creates new perspectives to understand the way of life and conditions of different social groups and how such could be improved. This in turn facilitates better art education, and also engages art practitioners and the public in a better understanding of visual arts and culture in and of Hong Kong, and beyond.

5. Visual Arts: Management and Dissemination

How arts are and have been managed as well as disseminated is a significant research area. Such study draws on the faculty’s expertise in museological and art-historical approach in reviewing various phenomena in Hong Kong, and beyond.


The Academy also engages Knowledge Transfer (KT) in its research development, aiming to bridge between University and the community for the transfer of knowledge, expertise, skills and capabilities in Visual Arts.

Founded in 2006 and with its short history, the Academy has focused on its setup, the development of its teaching programmes, and the establishment of its initial reputation in the field. In this context it was able to contribute significantly to the local, regional and even international cultural scene through extensive exhibiting, artistic production, and communication activities. AVA staff members have exhibited internationally, won international awards, and – more recently – also got recognition in more traditional research formats (grants, publications, conferences).請參閱英文版。