A man smiles at the camera while sitting on the steps of a trailer, which is covered in grey sheet metal. The words ‘M+ Rover’ are spray painted on the side of the trailer.

Meet the Team: A Roving Resource for Students

Dicky Yeung, Curatorial Assistant, Learning and Interpretation, answers five questions about his job at M+!

1. What brought you to M+?

I was an intern for The Infinite Nothing, Hong Kong artist Tsang Kin-Wah’s 2015 solo show at the 56th Venice Biennale, co-organised by M+ and Hong Kong Arts Development Council. At the time, I had just quit my job in a local secondary school and thought that no job in the world would suit me. I studied creative media in university, and wanted to work with art and creativity, as well as to build relationships with and among people. I didn’t realise that the job of museum curator could actually be about caring for people—in my mind, this role was mysterious. I likened being a curator to being almost like a PR person, marketing and interacting with the press.

Groups of three of four people sit on chairs in small circles, talking to each other. The groups are set up in a booth with the M+ logo in the corner.

Human Library: What did Visitors Ask M+ Staff?

During Art Basel Hong Kong 2019, M+ organised a human library, where staff members acted as ‘books’ that could be borrowed by the public for short conversations. Anyone passing by could submit questions for staff to answer during these exchanges.

Here are the five most asked visitor questions, along with responses from five different human books:

1. What skills are required for your work? How did you develop them?

A woman dressed in a black long-sleeved shirt and black pants stands in the middle of the M+ shop in the M+ Pavilion, consisting of products set up on shelves, tables, and clothes mannequins.

Meet the Team: Inside the M+ Shop

Amanda Yip, Senior Manager, Museum Retail Merchandising, answers five questions about her job at M+!

1. What brought you to M+?

I had been working in product development and merchandising in the retail business for almost twenty years and was starting to think about what was next in my career and in my life. That’s why, when I saw that M+ was looking for someone to do product development, I applied. I had heard about the M+ project for so many years, and was very curious about it. Although I was never particularly interested in art, once I started, I realised that it was something that I wanted to explore more. During my twenty years in the commercial world, I would sometimes work with artists, but never on this level.

It’s very different, and very challenging, especially for someone with my background. I came from the commercial world and studied mechanical engineering, so I'm used to applying my logical and commercial skills to solve problems—but when it comes to art, you can’t always use logic to explain it. It’s quite an interesting experience for me.

2. Describe a typical day for you.

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Meet the Team: An Artist in Arts Administration

Loretta Chau, Manager of Administration, answers five questions about her job at M+!

1. What brought you to M+?

I’d say I brought myself to M+.

When I learned about the West Kowloon Cultural District and M+ museum projects from the news in around 2004–2006, I was so excited that Hong Kong, being one of the metropolitan cities in Asia, would finally have its own piece of art wonderland. At that point, I started to think about my career and the possibility of involvement in such a museum project. I love travelling and every time I visited a museum overseas, I would think about what working life would be like in a cultural environment with a great artistic atmosphere. How I would feel different in the role of museum staff compared to museum visitor. Over the years I paid great attention to M+’s job openings, and I finally got the chance in 2014 to become part of the M+ family.

2. Describe a typical day for you.