Unsung Heroes of Ink

Date:  21 Sep 2022 - 29 Sep 2022

Dates & Time: Wednesday, 21 September 2022 at 1:00–2:00pm | Thursday, 29 September 2022 at 6:30–7:30pm

Duration & Language:

Screening — 25 minutes (Mandarin with Chinese & English subtitles)

Post-screening discussions — 25 minutes (English)

Venue: Fang Zhaoling Gallery, 1/F T. T. Tsui Gallery, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong (Please enter via the G/F of T. T. Tsui Building)

Audience: Aged 6 or above

Quota: 39

Cost: Free admission. Please click the date to register



The University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong is pleased to screen Olivia Wang’s debut documentary Unsung Heroes of Ink.


Appreciation for Chinese ink painting is growing, but much of the art form remains unexplored. An ink painting comes into being when ink meets paper. In the era of the ‘rockstar artist’, many overlook the role of the latter. Unsung Heroes of Ink seeks to redress this balance. Artists Liu Dan and Shao Fan explain how paper shapes their work. Their collaborators are craftspeople in the remote Jing County, Anhui Province, who observe ancient methods to hand-produce xuan paper. These craftspeople, who have spent a lifetime honing their skills, are the ‘unsung heroes of ink’.


Film Director

Based in Hong Kong, Olivia Wang is an independent art curator, consultant and writer, with over twelve years of industry experience. Her writing on contemporary Chinese ink art has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, ArtAsiaPacific, Orientations, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, among others. Olivia holds a BA from Brown University and MPhil from Oxford University.



21 September 2022: Dr Henrietta Tsui-Leung, Founder of Galerie Ora-Ora

29 September 2022: Dr Shuo Hua, Assistant Curator, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong


Film trailer: https://vimeo.com/319245728 

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