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Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Prof. Selina Chui Fun HO

Assistant Professor and Acting Head of Department

Department of Visual Studies Lingnan University



  • Biography

    Prof. Ho teaches and researches in art and museum studies at the Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University. She completed her Ph.D. on an International Research Scholarship at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne (UoM) in Australia. Her research interests cover creativity studies, exhibition histories, art museum studies in China, and the relationship between art and society in and of Asia. Her monograph, Museum Processes in China: the institutional regulation, production, and consumption of art museums in the Greater Pearl River Delta Region, was published by Amsterdam University Press in 2000.

    Prof. Ho completed her professional training at the Burrell Collection of the Glasgow Museum, UK. Prior to entering academia, she had worked at various cultural institutions in Hong Kong and possessed solid work experience in the museum field. Her curated exhibitions include ‘Dialogues: Post-1997 Art Documentation Exhibition’, ‘Reverse Reality - the United States and Hong Kong young artists exchange project’, ‘“Re-orientation” exhibition for Heritage×Art×Design’, ‘Degeneration Art Exhibition’, ‘The Future of School Architecture’, and ‘Hong Kong’s Education Heritage’.

  • Areas of interest

    Museum and curatorial studies, modern and contemporary art, art museums in China, production and consumption of art, asian cultural studies

  • Academic & Professional Qualifications

    • Ph.D. in Museum Studies, University of Melbourne (UoM)

    • M.A. in Museum Studies, University of Leicester

    • M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Hong Kong

    • B.A. in Public and Social Administration, City University, Hong Kong

  • Positions Held

    • Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University (2021-present)

    • Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University (2019-2021)

    • Visiting Scholar, Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University (2017) (2019)

    • Lecturer and Research Fellow, the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (2013)

    • Curator, Hong Kong Museum of Education, Hong Kong University of Education (2010-2012)

    • Assistant Curator, Hong Kong Museum of History and Antiquities and Monuments Office (2008-2010)

  • Publications


    Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Curatorial Experience

    • ‘Collection Image Database’ project, Hong Kong Museum of Education (HKME), Hong Kong University of Education (2011-12)

    • ‘Hong Kong’s Education Heritage: A Joint Exhibition of the Historical Treasures of School Sponsoring Bodies’ at HKME (2012)

    • ‘Revisiting Modern Teacher Education in Pre-1949 Chinese Universities - an exhibition of Minguo books donated by Dr. Lai Kwok Chan’ at HKME (2012)

    • ‘The Future of School Architecture’ at HKME (2012)

    • ‘Evolving Schools Pavilion for HK Exhibits Thematic Exhibition for the Hong Kong - Shenzhen Bi-City Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture’ (in collaboration with the School of Architecture, CUHK), at Kowloon Park (2012)

    • ‘Rooftop schools to post-millennium schools: Post-war evolution of school buildings in Hong Kong’ at HKME (2011)

    • ‘Grantham College of Education Diamond Jubilee Art Exhibition - Exhibition of Artwork and History of GCE & its Past Students’ Association’ at HKME (2011)

    • ‘In Memory of Mr Szeto Wah Exhibition’ at HKME (2011)

    • ‘The Evergreen Classic -Transformation of the Qipao’ at Hong Kong Museum of History (2010)

    • ‘Exhibition experiment, experimenting exhibitions’ project, presented by Wrongplace at Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, HK (2010)

    • ‘Re-orientation’ exhibition for Heritage × Art × Design, presented by Hulu Culture at Former Police Married Quarters in Central, HK (2010)

    • ‘Reverse Reality - Hong Kong and United States exchange program cum exhibition’, at Worksound gallery in Portland, the United States (2008), and at OC gallery of Sino Group, HK (2009)

    • ‘Dialogues: Post-1997 Art Documentation Exhibition’, co-presented by Asian Art Archive and 1a space, at 1a space, Cattle Depot Artist Village, HK (2007)

    • ‘Culture.Nature.Wanchai - art community project’ at Tai Wong East Amenity Park, Wanchai (2006)

    • ‘Turf in To Kwa Wan - by Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman’ (British artists-in-residence and community program) at 1a space, Cattle Depot Artist Village, HK (2006)

    • ‘The treasure of Film Archive: 10th Anniversary Exhibition’ at City Hall, HK (1997)

  • Conference and Seminar Presentations

    • Invited Discussant of 'Nationalist Internationalism: International Exhibition of Chinese Art, 1935, by Dr Xing Zhao', UMAG Lecture Series: Re-examining Modernity and Contemporaneity through Chinese art (2022/23), organised by University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong (2022)

    • Co-convener and panel moderator of the Then and Now: Collecting Art and Exhibiting Cultures in Asia Conference at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. (20&21/5/2021)

    • Invited Speaker, ‘Art Museum Processes in Contemporary China’, lecture, organised by Faulty of Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2020)

    • Panel Speaker, ‘Creative Intervention and Media in the Cultural Public Sphere', Civic Interventions in the Age of Digital Asia Panel, 23rd Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, in Melbourne (2020) [cancelled]

    • Panel Speaker, ‘Art and institution: the politics of representation of contemporary art’, Contemporary art, society and representation in Asia Panel, 10th International Convention of Asia Scholars, organized by International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS), in Chiang Mai (2017)

    • Panel Speaker, ‘Between the Museum and the Public: negotiating the “Circuit of Culture” as an analytical tool for researching museums in China’, 8th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum: Museums as Civic Spaces, organized by Inclusive Museum, in India (2015)

    • Panel Speaker, ‘The Museum and the Public: Case studies of the Production and Consumption of Museums in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou’, Asia Institute Postgraduate Conference, organized by Asia Institute, University of Melbourne (2014)

    • Invited Speaker, ‘The Art Market and the Art Ecology in Hong Kong’, Public lecture: Asian art worlds: Collectors, curators, and critics, organized by Asialink and Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, (2014)

    • Panel Speaker, ‘Museums Beyond Boundaries - Evolving a Public Presence’, 12th Annual Meeting of the University Museums and Collection International Council (UMAC), organized by National University of Singapore, Singapore, (2012) [Decline]

    • Invited Speaker, ‘Spaces of Learning and Experiment - Open Collection: Development of an image database’, Asian Museum Network Conference, organized by Leisure Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong SAR Government in collaboration with Vitra Design Museum, HK Design Centre & Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2012)

    • Invited Speaker, ‘Oral History Collecting and Display’, Voices and Hong Kong History - Oral History Seminar and Workshop, organized by HK Archives Society, Hong Kong Heritage Project & Hong Kong University Space (2012)

    • Invited Speaker, ‘School Memory Project’, lecture, organized by Hong Kong Memory Project of Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong (2012)

    • Invited Speaker, ‘Glocality of Post 97 Hong Kong Art’, Round table, organized by Department of Culture and Religion, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2007)

  • Awards and Honors

    • Knowledge Transfer Fund, Lingnan University (2022-2024)

    • Chamber of Young Snow Company Limited LU Research Matching Fund (2021-2022)

    • Research & Knowledge Transfer Fund Award, Lingnan University (2021)

    • Young Researcher Output Award, Lingnan University (2021)

    • UGC Early Career Grant & Early Career Scheme (2021-2023)

    • Conference Grant, Lingnan University (2020)

    • Research Seed Fund, Lingnan University (2019-2022)

    • Asia Institute Graduate Research Award, UoM (2017)

    • Graduate Research in Arts Travel Scholarship, UoM (2017)

    • Ph.D. Fieldwork Grant, the Faculty of Arts, UoM (2015)

    • Melbourne International Research Scholarship, UoM (2014-2016)

    • Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship, UoM (2014-2016)

    • Project Grant (Visual Art), Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2008)

    • Arts Development Fund (Cultural Exchange Project), Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR Government (2008)

    • The 7th Annual Art Competition Finalist (Painting) award, Philippe Charriol Foundation (2002)

  • Professional Services

    • Acting Head, Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University (Sept 2021-Dec 2022)

    • Programme Director, Master of Arts in Curating and Art History, Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University (Mar 2020-Aug 2021)

    • Organizer, ‘Thinking Contemporary Curating’, public lecture by Prof. Ho Hing Kay, Oscar (Chinese University of Hong Kong) at Lingnan University (2020)

    • Invited speaker, GRF/ECS: Writing Quality Proposals – Sharing on Zoom, organised by the Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer, Lingnan University, 23 July 2020.

    • Journal Reviewer, Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites (2019)

    • Organizer, ‘What is Your Name? (Siapa Nama Kamu): The Making of the National Gallery Singapore’, public lecture by Seng Yu Jin (Senior Curator of the National Gallery Singapore) at Lingnan University (2017)

    • Organizer, ‘Experiments in Museum Learning in the 21st Century’, public lecture by Stella Fong (Lead Curator, Learning and Interpretation, M+) at Lingnan University (2017)

    • Associate Editor, International Journal of the Inclusive Museum (2015)

    • Placement Supervisor, Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies, Hong Kong University Space & University of Sydney (2012)

    • Committee Member, Education Heritage Committee, Hong Kong University of Education (2011-2012)

    • Initiator and Coordinator, ‘Museum and Good Society’, public seminar by Professor Richard Sandell (then Director of School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester), co-presented by Hong Kong Museum of History (HKMH) & Hong Kong Museum of Education at HKMH (2011)