Event date 25 January 2023
Event location London
This January, join us after hours to celebrate Lunar New Year for the first Christie’s Lates of 2023. Bring in the year of the rabbit with an amazing line-up of exhibitions, live performances, workshops and more. The first 500 people to check in will receive a traditional Chinese red envelope from JING™ tea and Christie's. Entry is free and open to all.
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TALKS & PERFORMANCES
6.20pm & 7.40pm | ante Room
Dance performance led by Lulu Wang with Nathan Goodman
Enjoy an immersive performance combining contemporary dance and traditional Chinese elements to the backdrop of an art installation by Lulu Wang
6:30pm | lower ryder street
Film screening by EVERYMAN
Sit back and enjoy a film screening of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)—an Oscar-winning wuxia movie based on a 20th century novel of the same name, with a live introduction by art director Tim Yip
6:40pm & 8pm | east Room
Music performance led by Dr Cheng Yu with Dennis Kwong Thye Lee and Jiaqi Zhang
In harmony with traditional Chinese instruments, including the pipa lute, guzheng zither and xiao flute
7PM | GREAT ROOM
In conversation with Tim Yip
Brought to you by ARTouch Consulting
Join Louisa Buck, art critic, to find out more about the iconic concept of the ‘New Orientalism’ aesthetic with Oscar-winning art director Tim Yip, whose work, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), draws upon ancient cultures to reshape the way we think about the future
WORKSHOPS — Throughout the evening
Sacred Truths with Qu Lei Lei and Caroline Deane | DUKE STREET GALLERY
Explore the theme of global misinformation with an interactive calligraphy art project, using both modern and ancient scripts and concepts to tell a story and expand your knowledge
Ceramics workshop with Monica Tong | AUGUSTA GALLERY
Create your very own ceramic works of art, from dumplings to flower bouquets
Fan painting and calligraphy with Qin Lei and Sara Zhang | AUGUSTA GALLERY
Discover the history and tradition of this delicate art form
Hezhe fish skin painting with Zhongjin Zhang | AUGUSTA GALLERY
Learn how to paint using fish skin—a traditional technique used by the Hezhe peoples
EXHIBITIONS — Throughout the evening
Outlanders: Dreams of a New Moon | KING STREET GALLERIES AND ANNEX
Explore an exhibition curated by RCA curatorial MA students Sukii Lu and Zihan Wen, exploring Asian identity, nostalgia and the year of the rabbit—with a curator-led tour beginning at 6:30pm and 8pm. The exhibition will remain open until 12pm on 27 January
Ephemeral Materiality by Scarlett Yang | ST JAMES’S GALLERIES
Brought to you by ARTouch Consulting
Awaken your senses in a cutting-edge digital installation of how digital skins can reflect our interactions with the changing climate
Seekd Jewellery | ST JAMES’S GALLERIES
Seekd is a boutique marketplace for earth-friendly jewellery and accessories, explore their collaboration with Wild Fawn featuring a tailored jewellery collection for the Lunar New Year. Don't miss the opportunity to have your personal piece engraved
Lunar zodiac presentation | GALLERY VIEWING ROOM
Follow the story of the great race and find out how the animals found their places in the Chinese zodiac
Exhibition of handmade hats by Yuan Li | NEW GALLERY
Explore one-of-a-kind hats that bring together Chinese culture and quintessential British style
Inflatable installation by Kalman Pool | WEST ROOM
Brought to you by ARTouch Consulting
Inspired by the inflatable dummies used by the U.S. 'Ghost Army' in WWII, Pool utilizes VR techniques to create sealed inflatables, examining the intrinsic aliveness and the dialectical relationship between virtual and physical
Christie’s drink station by JING™ tea | WEST ROOM
Explore a world of distinctive flavours, diverse cultures, master craftsmanship and incredible taste with JING™ tea—pay bar with cocktails and tasting
Outlanders: Dreams of a New Moon
Join us at our King Street galleries from 25 to 27 January for an exhibition exploring Asian identity, nostalgia and the year of the rabbit—Outlanders: Dreams of a New Moon—curated by RCA curatorial MA students Sukii Lu and Zihan Wen.
8 King Street
25 January, 6pm – 9pm
26 January, 9am – 5pm
27 January, 9am – 12pm
Meet the participants
ARTouch Consulting is a boutique cross-cultural PR and digital communication agency and strategy consultancy, specialising in arts, culture and luxury lifestyle, connecting brands with vibrant Chinese audiences and consumers. Founded in London in 2013 by Lang Xiao, ARTouch has provided extensive services to eminent clients in the art and cultural scene, including the V&A, West Bund Museum, Damien Hirst and Science Ltd, The Lowry, PwC, Masterpiece Fair, The Whiteley, among others.
Caroline Deane and Qu Lei Lei
Caroline Deane is a contemporary artist whose work has been extensively exhibited in both China and in London’s West End. She gained a British Council scholarship to study at Beijing's Central Academy of Art as well as an earlier scholarship studying at the British School at Rome.
Qu Lei Lei was one of the founding members of the Stars Art movement in China in 1979—the first-ever contemporary art movement to come out of China during a period of transience. His works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally in venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Centre Pompidou and China’s National Gallery in Beijing. He also has multiple works in the permanent collections of the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the V&A.
Both artists work independently, but increasingly collaborate on co-authored projects.
Dr Cheng Yu
Dr Cheng Yu is a renowned pipa and guqin virtuoso and ethnomusicologist, currently teaching at SOAS, University of London. Formally a soloist in China’s National Orchestra, Dr Cheng Yu has been recognised by Songlines as ‘a leading and creative Chinese musician’. Cheng is the founder of the UK Chinese Music and London Youlan Qin Society, and has led numerous music projects widely in the UK and Europe, including at London’s Southbank, Barbican, Rich Mix, and at WOMEX and WOMAD festivals.
Dennis Kwong Thye Lee
Dennis specialises in traditional and contemporary repertoire as well as guqin duets on the xiao flute. A member of the London Youlan Qin Society, Dennis has performed at the British Museum, V&A, Royal Opera House, The Bramall (Birmingham), Rich Mix, The Place (Euston), Trafalgar Square, Southbank Centre, among other venues. His teachers included Hu Ruijun (London), Zhang Weiliang (Beijing) and Luo Shoucheng (Shanghai).
Jiaqi Zhang is an award-winning guqin virtuoso, recently graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Jiaqi is currently studying for an MA in Arts and Cultural Management at King's Collage London. She was the director of the China Youth Chinese Orchestra and has performed globally, including in the USA, Singapore and Malaysia. Jiaqi won the gold prize for the 4th International ‘Qin and Zheng’ Zither Festival in 2019. She is part of the UK Chinese Music Ensemble, and played at the Holy Sepulchre Church’s Christmas concert and at SOAS, University of London.
JING™ is a London-based tea maker that aims to bring the most fulfilling tea drinking experience to people around the world. JING™ hand selects a range of high quality, single garden loose leaf teas. Their teas express the unique character of the people, place and nature that work in harmony to create them.
Kalman Pool completed his MA degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2021. His interdisciplinary works examine the dialectical relationship between virtual and physical. Inspired by the inflatable dummies used by the U.S ‘Ghost Army’ in WWII, he combined VR techniques and inflatable PVC to create installations. He uses mechanical reproduction to question the authenticity of the original, whilst the vibrant aliveness of the sculptures themselves goes beyond the mundanity of simulacra.
Lulu Wang is a London-based Chinese multidisciplinary artist who graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. Through mixed media mark-making and performances, her work translates the body and its instinctive movements into a visual language and shifting spaces, exploring symbiotic relationships between emotional worlds and their tangible embodiment—seeking the power of identity, humanity and love.
Born in Nanjing, raised in Shenzhen and Auckland, Monica spent eight years in corporate finance across Australasia before she took a detour to art and design. At Pasadena City College, she studied Studio Arts and Interior Design, and practised as a multi-media artist in Los Angeles prior to her study at the Royal College of Art. Her creative process has always been influenced by both Eastern and Western cultures and philosophies. Her works have been exhibited and collected in the US, New Zealand, China and the UK.
Qin Lei is a London-based freelance calligraphy artist and a committee member of the London Youlan Qin Society. She has worked for the Chinese media company Phoenix CNE and other in-house cultural training programmes. She is a keen promoter of Chinese culture and has many years of teaching experience in Mandarin.
Sara Zhang is a British-Chinese artist who graduated in 1993 with a major in art from the Qufu Normal College, East China. Throughout her degree, she specialised in various subjects, including Chinese traditional art, calligraphy and art history. Since coming to the UK in 2004, Sara has taught traditional Chinese art in many schools across the country. Besides teaching, Sara has given live performances in fan painting, calligraphy and origami for many events including at the V&A, the British Museum and SOAS, University of London.
Multidisciplinary innovation artist Scarlett Yang collaborates with the most exclusive museums globally to showcase how the worlds of art, biomaterials and technology collide. As a graduate from Central Saint Martins, Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, her approach is both scientific and creative. This enables her to pioneer virtual simulations of bioprocesses that aim to shift societal perceptions on climate change.
Seekd is a boutique marketplace for earth-friendly jewellery and accessories, with curated collections by talented designer makers. All the collections have their own stories and influences made from eco-friendly or fair trade metals and gemstones. They are proudly featuring Wild Fawn jewellery for this event. Wild Fawn makes it their mission to create the world’s most ethical and transparent jewellery. Handmade in London by an all-female team, each piece of jewellery is made with fully traceable or recycled solid sterling silver and 9ct gold.
Sukii Lu(b.1996, Shanghai) is a curator based in London and a current MA Curating Contemporary Art student at the Royal College of Art. She is also the co-founder of the art brand Above Kitsch. Sukii’s practice includes curating, research, writing and delivering public programming that includes conducting tours, workshops and educational sessions to acquaint individuals with contemporary art.
Recent exhibitions organised by Sukii include Invisible Shadow (2022), London, Beijing, M P Birla Millennium Gallery, Three Shadow Photography Art Centre; Volatile Milieu: Collective Healing (2022), London, the Crypt Gallery; Le Radici dell’Arte (2022), New York, Thames Art Centre.
Embodying his aesthetic concept ‘New Orientalism’, Tim Yip’s work draws upon ancient cultures to reshape how we think about the future. Whether that be in projects such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), the Athens Olympics handover ceremony (2004) or his rendition of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (2019) with director Yang Liping, the Academy Award-winning multidisciplinary artist leaves viewers amazed by his unique approach to art, costume design and theatre.
Yuan Li is a fashion designer and couture milliner from Beijing. After having studied at the London College of Fashion, she set up YUAN LI LONDON Millinery in 2016, offering bespoke handmade couture hats in London. Yuan Li’s hat designs combine Chinese heritage, British culture, and classic couture influences and have been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, New York Times, Vogue, BBC, ITV, among others.
Zhongjin Zhang is an award-winning artist focused on the preservation of the Hezhe fish skin tradition. After learning the hundred-year-old craft with Hezhe national inheritors, Zhang collaborated with local indigenous communities on multiple creative and educational projects. With the growing risk of the Hezhe fish skin tradition disappearing, Zhang has promoted the culture and knowledge in the UK, Japan, and China, bringing this historical indigenous craftsmanship into the international scene.
Zihan Wen lived in Beijing and Chicago. He is now based in London, studying in the Curating Contemporary Art program at the Royal College of Art. His current research and practice directions involve contemporary Chinese art and Asian crypto culture. He used to work at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Gallery Weekend Beijing, Yongle Auction, and BCA NFT platform. He is the co-founder of the art brand Above Kitsch.
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More about Christie’s Lates
Combining art, music and specialist talks, Christie’s Lates are the perfect opportunity to mix with like-minded art lovers after hours. With free entry, each curated evening in this new series of events aims to bring art to life and inspire conversation, showcasing highlights from our upcoming auctions alongside interactive activities, talks by guest experts and enticing food and drink.
To browse the previous editions, visit Christie’s Lates or explore on social media using the hashtag #christieslates