Lead Curator of Learning and Interpretation, M+, West Kowloon District Authority
Stella is Lead Curator of Learning and Interpretation at M+. She joined the museum in 2011 and has led learning initiatives and programmes that aimed at shaping practices of non-formal learning through collaborative, experimental and research based pedagogy. An example of which is the school project entitled M+ Rover. Alongside with her role in museum learning, she co-curated the solo exhibition of Tsang Kin-Wah for Hong Kong’s participation at La Biennale di Venezia in 2015 and the first M+ pavilion exhibition in 2016. Prior joining M+, she was a curatorial staff in Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
M+ as a laboratory for learning
(presented in Sharing Session 2: Exploration of Arts Teaching Resources)
Museums of the twenty-first century are transforming at an unstoppable pace. As a new museum of visual culture in Hong Kong, how is M+ approaching learning and education? Why learning visual culture is important? How can our exhibitions and collections be translated into effective teaching materials in classroom? What can we learn from the museum beyond what it sets out to teach us?
Learning is at the core of our work at M+. We perceive the museum as an open learning platform where collaboration, experimentation and research actively take place. Instead of merely delivering programmes that tick all the boxes as a museum, we are also concerned about how we think as an institution. Using a mode of enquiry, we explore different ways of seeing through our exhibitions and collections.
Riding on our core beliefs, this session examines how the M+ learning team understand and define the notion of ‘learning’ in the museum, and how these explorations are realized in our programmes in a bid to make the museum a sustainable resource for schools and teachers.