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Meet the Team: An Artist in Arts Administration

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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.

A group of people sit in a room facing each other. They are all holding up their phones and smiling and laughing.

‘Far Out’: Reflections from an M+ Summer Camp Volunteer

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The below post was written by Wong Yu, a university volunteer at this year’s M+ Summer Camp, titled ‘far out’.

Between 12 and 15 August in 2018, nine creative practitioners from various disciplines, 100 school students, and a group of volunteers—including myself!—checked in at a campsite in Sai Kung for ‘M+ Summer Camp: far out’. We were there to explore how ‘far out’ our imaginations could really go. The instructors had been working closely with us volunteers to stage a series of workshops with the theme ‘far out’, letting our imaginations set sail far and wide. We were ready to answer the question: what does ‘far out’ actually mean?

In the blink of an eye, the summer camp came to an end four days later. The amazing results, however, had taken months of hard work.

A woman with dark hair and black-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera while standing in front of a grey building with glass doors and a sign saying ‘M+ Pavilion’. She is a wearing a navy button-down shirt with white pinstripes, and is holding two M+ booklets with both hands.

Meet the Team: What Does Museum Visitor Service Look Like?

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Judith Siu, Visitor Services Manager, answers five questions about her job at M+!

1. What brought you to M+?

I was originally trained as a social worker, but, by chance, ended up working in a gallery specialised in collectible Hong Kong prints for ten years. I accumulated a skill set in understanding art and heritage, and a passion for being the bridge connecting the objects and the audience. That’s why, when the visitor services post came up at M+, I was immediately interested. I wanted to contribute what I had learned from my work, continuing to help audiences understand art and visual culture and create an unforgettable visitor experience.

2. Describe a typical day for you.

Two women stand in front of a bookcase and a large window, smiling slightly at the camera.

Ask an M+ Curator: Biggest Collection Object, Colonialism, and More

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Time to ask a curator! Throughout the exhibition In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections, curious visitors can go here to ask exhibition curators Pauline J. Yao and Shirley Surya anything about the exhibition and the works on display. Answers will then be posted right here on M+ Stories.

'What is the biggest exhibition piece in your collection?'

In this exhibition, the largest piece is Compound by Sopheap Pich. In the M+ Collections as a whole, though, the work Asian Field by Antony Gormley probably requires the largest footprint, consisting of approximately 180,000 individual, hand-sized clay figurines, while the Kiyotomo sushi bar by Shiro Kuramata is considered to be the largest 'object' we've acquired.