Amanda Hui is a final year student reading English Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. An avid lover of film, literature and art, she believes that art brings people together while being a medium of expression and she hopes to learn more about art criticism and history. Amanda aspires to be a writer or a scriptwriter, telling stories that can make an impact on people’s lives. In addition to writing, Amanda is also passionate about travelling, and one of her goals is to backpack around Southeast Asia. Amanda has worked as a translator and gallery assistant.

Ambrose Li is a recent Music and History of Art graduate from Durham University and University College London. Aspiring to become an all-rounded cultural journalist, Ambrose has endeavoured to gain as much first-hand experience and knowledge as possible. He has worked at Sotheby’s, English Touring Opera, UNESCO World Heritage Site Durham Castle, and Time Out Hong Kong. Ambrose is particularly interested in works of art that juxtapose Western and Eastern influences, as they embody the intriguing encounters, clashes, and exchanges between and among cultures. He was a CJC Reporter for CJC 2017 autumn programme “CJC x Freespace at Taikoo Place”.

Arianna Mercado is a recipient of the 2017 Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Award for Art Criticism. Based in Manila, Philippines, she is an independent curator who aims to contribute to arts education. Last year, her undergraduate thesis which tackled the theme of emptiness in Philippine abstraction entitled You Are Here was exhibited in the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She currently manages Calle Wright, an art space in Manila.

Carmel Yang is a writer and ethnographer from Portland, Oregon. She is currently a Master of Journalism candidate at the University of Hong Kong. Previously, she worked in the non-profit sector, where she coordinated art workshops between street artists and marginalized youths. She holds a Bachelors of Art in Anthropology and Sociology. Carmel was a CJC Reporter for CJC 2017 autumn programme “CJC x Freespace at Taikoo Place”.

Franziska Winkler is a first-year student studying fine arts at the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland. Experiencing and then processing exhibitions and art pieces through writing gives her the opportunity to deeply connect with art. This process is really precious to her, as it further inspires her in her own practice as an artist. Franziska is full of curiosity and energy for what is yet to unfold during her artistic journey.

Helen Yau is a third-year student at Hong Kong Baptist University, majoring in Chinese Language and Literature. She has developed strong writing skills and her own sense of aesthetics through studying literature. A keen art lover, she believes that art is is one of the greatest refinements for people while art journalism provides a great starting point for the public. She is excited to explore arts and culture further.

Laurene Cen is studying Architecture, Fine Arts and Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. Equally passionate about artistic production and criticism, she aspires to investigate and write about the interconnected fields of arts and communicate art. She wishes to reach a wider audience through writing and art and design production. She has been published in The Paper and handled graphic designs for art and cultural events hosted by University’s General Education Unit including those for Tang Shu-wing, Khalil Fong and Denise Ho.

Lexie Ma is a final year Journalism student with a second major in Global Studies at the University of Hong Kong. An avid cultural lover, she regularly volunteers for cultural organisations such as Hong Kong Fringe Club while taking great pleasure in exploring the city’s vibrant arts scene through her inspired reporting. Having worked for several news agencies including Phoenix TV, she has had her photographs published by WUNC, the North Carolina Public Radio during her study abroad semester in the US and helped her team win the Grand Award for the 2016 TVB Inter-Collegiate Documentary Competition.

Raphael Erhart is based in Zurich, Switzerland, studying Art and Media at the Zurich University of the Arts. Besides his own work as a photographer, his interests are in fine arts such as applied arts like design and architecture. He’s also inquisitive in the relations between the art world and the art market. Raphael is concurrently doing an exchange semester at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Sam Ng is a third-year student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong studying Journalism and Communication. An aspiring journalist, he is enthusiastic about giving accounts of what is unfamiliar in a society. He likes travelling, reading, watching films and visiting art exhibitions, as these interests enriched his knowledge of arts and culture. He believes that journalism can connect a society with its people and his goal is to inspire others by sharing stories of artists and their works through his words.