- Tour Leader: Deborah Williams
- Program Dates: 24 -31 March 2019
- Availability: 10 places
The Hong Kong Study tour will allow you a direct experience of study and art production in Hong Kong. Students will attend a number of Art Galleries in Central, South Island Cultural District, Art Central and Basel Art Fair. The tour coincides with Art Week in Hong Kong which draws significant leading Global Modern and Contemporary galleries to the region with an emphasis on the Asia Pacific Region.
This Visual Arts study tour will allow students studying in Melbourne a direct experience of Hong Kong. An experience of visiting galleries, museums, and exhibitions during Hong Kong Art week will coincide with the Hong Kong Basel Art Fair and Art Central. The 2019 study tour will draw upon existing partnerships that have been made with galleries and artists and continue to foster a lively dialogue between School of Art, the Hong Kong Art School and a number of galleries and artist-run spaces for exposure to the international art scene for our students.
This trip will explore Hong Kong’s thriving contemporary art and gallery scene culminating with viewing the work of over 3000 artists from Asia and around the globe at one of the world’s most significant art fairs, Art Basel in Hong Kong, at the Hong Kong Convention Centre.
Visits to the Kowloon forbidden city, Lamma Island and The South Island Cultural District are also planned to broaden the student's cultural experience.
||Students arrive in HK
||South Island Cultural District
||Lamma Island or Lantau Island Temple Street Market
|Forgotten City / Hong Kong Printshop
Night-time Exploration of the old Hong Kong, students will stroll along the Central and Western District of Hong Kong (including the famous Central and Sheung Wan areas). Full of spectacular sites truly manifesting the east-meets-west idea, and filled with architecture in colonial and post-colonial styles, the District has long been considered as the urban heart of Hong Kong. Witnessing the changes all along, this vibrant District is also the most historic one in Hong Kong. After nightfall, students, with their own cameras, will be able to discover an unusual face of Central and Sheung Wan areas, which are otherwise seen very differently under daylight.
||Art Central, Galleries in Central
|29/3/19 – 30/3/19
||Basel Art Fair
||Return to Melb
The total cost of the program is approximately $2,200 AUSD.
The cost of the program considers:
- Flights (approx $1000 - $1200 return, depending upon airline)
- Accommodation (RMIT will provide students with suggestions regarding accommodation) approx $500
- Living costs (meals, etc) $210
- Basel Art Fair Tickets $60 approx for 2 day pass
- Transport costs in Hong Kong - $130
Additional costs to consider:
** Travel insurance:
- RMIT tuition tee
- Host country visa (if applicable)
- Personal Expenditure
- Additional travel insurance, if required**
Students on approved overseas activities receive complimentary travel insurance (policy number: 41443
), although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances.
For more detailed information, please refer here
NOTE: There is the possibility that if a student withdraws from the tour, they will incur the cost of pre-booked accommodation, Basel Art Fair tickets and costs associated in a cancelled flight.
- Advanced Diploma of Visual Art students only.
Application and Selection process
- students should be enrolled in VART 3677C Extend cultural research and expertise.
STEP ONE: Enrol in VART 3677C for Semester 1, 2019
STEP TWO: Apply for this program via Mobi by clicking on the "Apply Now" button on this page by 18 January 2019
Complete the following questionnaires:
- Outbound Student Mobility: General Information
- Short Term Mobility: General Information
- Statement of Purpose: A personal statement (up to 250 words total) explaining reasons on why you are interested in joining this study tour. For a strong application, please be specific and detailed in your personal statement. Please address the following:
- Q. What do you feel you will gain personally from the experience?
- Q. What do you consider you will contribute to the tour?
- Q. What would you like to visit in Hong Kong that you feel will benefit the group?
- Q. Discuss how your idea of the traditional culture of Hong Kong and the contemporary culture of Hong Kong
- will either inform your art practice and/or your outlook within your study. (Minimum 150 words)
- Q. Are you in sound health?
- Q. Are you able to be responsible for your health and dietary requirements?
- Q. Are you willing and able to travel by air, rail, bus, and car?
- Q. Are you culturally aware, respectful, tolerant and friendly?
- Q. As the study tour is an RMIT event, are you willing to and behave as an ambassador and engage in promoting the tour, whilst on tour, via social media?
STEP THREE: Approved students will be notified by 15 February 2019
There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website
and Global Experience website
for funding options
Deborah Williams, RMIT
Advanced Diploma Coordinator
Previous student testimonials
My time spent in Hong Kong as a participant of the art study tour was an experience I won’t ever forget and one of which I am very grateful for. Never having been to Hong Kong or China, I jumped into this opportunity with an open mind excited for what I was about to discover. An unexpected highlight of mine while apart of this study tour was not only all the art we experienced, but also our trip to Lantau Island, visiting the fishing village Tai O. I felt it was a breath of fresh air to visit this community, filled with lots of lovely people, young and old, and a refreshing escape from Hong Kong’s busy city. Overall I didn’t find Hong Kong challenging, but if I had to mention one thing, it would be that the city could feel quite exhausting at times with how busy, large and repetitive it is in terms of its buildings and landscape.
I came away from this trip very inspired by the overwhelming amount of old and new artists I was lucky enough to experience. A new artist that I discovered while on this trip was Luis Chan (1905-1995), a Chinese artist of whom I found incredibly inspirational to my own practice. I discovered his work while at Hanart TZ Gallery, who were exhibiting his work in a show titled “Jazz with Luis”. Film photography is a passion of mine also, so this trip was a great opportunity for me to shoot a lot of work while over in Hong Kong. The work I like to shoot is very non-era specific and un-stylized, so I knew Hong Kong and its people would be perfect to capture in this way. Here are some images to share that I believe capture this city well and its people.
The trip to Hong Kong was an invaluable experience for me. Not only because I got the opportunity to experience a different culture and city I had never visited before, which in itself is a valuable experience, but because I was given the opportunity to visit incredible galleries and to see artwork by artists that I likely never would have seen before. I also was able to chat with and gain insights to different galleries and how they run through talking to the different gallery attendants at art Basel, some of which were from the other side of the world and whom I'd never have come across at home. I gained such an incredible insight into the art world that I didn't have before and it gave me motivation and inspiration for my own work and artistic journey.
The itinerary was planned brilliantly and meant that we never had a bored moment the entire trip which I was grateful for as you never want to waste time in a beautiful new city. Each day was exciting and new and it was lovely to have such a good group to travel with, lead by Deb who got us excited about everything we did throughout the trip. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone considering it in the future.
CHALLENGES: None really. I enjoyed my time every day and it was convenient to get around.
HIGHLIGHTS: The Basal Art fair, the opening at H Queens, the walled city in Kowloon, the food.
KNOWLEDGE GAINED: A lot of insight in how far I have to go if I want to be a part of the art world. There were a lot of great ideas, from an inspiration perspective, just by being exposed to so much. I definitely came back a lot more in tune with who I wanted to be as an artist.
ARTISTS DISCOVERED: Favorites were definitely Wolfgang Tillmans, Chen Li, Fabienne Verdier. Was also great seeing works by Gerhard Richter and Jenny Saville.
Hong Kong Visual Arts blog post