Shing-Kwan Chan 陳承焜 (Kenneth) is a Hong Kong-based art history researcher. He graduated with a Master's degree in History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons.) from the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on East Asian art, global modern art and theory, diaspora, transnationalism, and postcolonial. He has also written about different aspects of Chinese art in the twentieth century.
Supported by Arnold, Bryce & Read Fund and St Cross Travel & Research Fund, his master’s dissertation examines Chinese performance art in the 1990s. An edited chapter of his dissertation was published as a journal article, "Public Displays of Affliction: On Zhang Huan’s 12m2" in Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art in January 2018.
After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree, he worked as a full-time Research Assistant at the Department of Cultural and Creative Industries, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong. He contributed more than 35,000 words for an upcoming book project Historical Buildings in Hong Kong. He has also co-published research reports including A White Paper on Developing the Cultural and Creative Industries in Hong Kong and the Greater China Region. He also coordinated the inaugural event of the Hong Kong Association of Cultural Industries (HKACI) —"2016 Cultural Industries Global Forum,"— which was opened by former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-Hwa.
Kenneth presided as the moderator of a discussion forum with contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing which was organised by HKDI in March 2018. In February 2019, he instructed and co-organised Hong Kong's first locally-curated Contemporary Art History course taught in Cantonese. In October 2019, he delivered a seminar on iconography and iconology, as well as two sold-out lectures on protest and propaganda art. In August 2020, he was invited to deliver an essay presentation titled "Creating Radical Art in a Climate of Fear" for the opening ceremony of Hong Kong Baptist University's 2020 Graduation Art Show.
Kenneth planned and launched the “UMAG_STArts - Learn with UMAG”, an interactive and dynamic museum learning program that is dissimilar from the traditional mode of art exhibition. Endeavors for the program would include educational activities, digital learning resources, and quarterly thematically-focused exhibitions at the newly refurbished study gallery. He also co-curated "Eileen Chang at the University of Hong Kong: An Online Presentation of Images and Documents from the Archive", a virtual exhibition that highlights the beginning of an extraordinary literary career and celebrates Chang’s connection with HKU.
Kenneth has a demonstrated history of working in the fine arts and auction industry. He is currently working at University Museum and Art Gallery, the University Hong Kong, and had formerly taken various roles at institutions including Phillips Auctioneers, Asia Society, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.