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Evelyna Liang-Kan Yee Woo, Artist  (Photo)
Evelyna Liang-Kan Yee Woo, Artist
For the past 40 years as artist, art educator and community art facilitator, Evelyna Liang-Kan has pioneered community art - using art to help the needy and underprivileged communities - in Hong Kong, China and Asia. It began with “Art in the Camp” project in the late 1980s that brought various art activities in the Vietnamese detention Camp, followed by many more initiatives including: establishing "Art in Hospital" in 1994 that led to therapeutic arts projects to enhance relationships between healthcare personnel, social services, staff, patients and artists; “Art for All” in 2002 that aims to use art as means of empowerment for a more harmonious inclusive society; developing arts programme in schools for migrant workers' children in Beijing; and using therapeutic expressive art forms for communities in post- earthquake zones in Sichuan, and amongst elderly and Alzheimer patients. She was also Founder of "Garden Streams – Hong Kong Fellowship of Christian Artists" in the 1980s. As an artist, Liang-Kan's works have been exhibited around Hong Kong and Asia, including Bandages for You: An Art Project at the Gwangju Biennial and Hong Kong Arts Centre in 2002 and To copy or to steal, or is it merely artwork? at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards in 2009. Liang-Kan's personal works addresses her interests in women's issues, and the area of 'Healing through Art’ - using ordinary daily objects to raise concerns on the relationship between men and countries. She received her BA (Fine Art) at the University of British Columbia, as well as MFA and DFA from RMIT University.

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Geoff Poon (Photo)
Geoff Poon, Architect-Designer
Trained at The Bartlett (UCL) and The Architectural Association School of Architecture, Geoff Poon began his architectural journey designing buildings before designing "spiritual" clothing. Between 2002-2005, Poon worked at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects (AHMM) in London, redesigning the Barbican Arts Centre, and completed an urban renewal project converting abandoned industrial warehouses into office communes for the creative industry. He joined Ronald Lu & Partners upon returning to Hong Kong in 2005 before co-founding an interior design firm Urban Anchor Ltd in 2006. In 2010, in parallel with his design work, Poon's vision of seeing fashion not simply as wearables, but a canvas to boldly and playfully express spiritual truths, compelled him to co-found a fashion label AMENPAPA. Poon has developed AMENPAPA from a weekend hobby into a fashion brand retailed at over fourty stores across Asia, with distributing partners such as Harvey Nichols and Galeries Lafayette. He is driven by a child-like desire to create things that matter to the Spirit, while having fun doing it.

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Colin Seah (Photo)
Colin Seah, Architect
As Founder and Director of Ministry of Design (MOD), Colin Seah was architecturally trained in the U.S., licensed in Singapore, and has honed his sensibilities working for the likes of Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind. Established in 2004 as an integrated experiential-design practice, MOD seeks to question where the inherent potential in contemporary design lies, and disturb the ways they are created or perceived, enabling them to redefine the world in relevant and innovative ways to bring about a real change, not change for the sake of novelty. Each project begins with drawing deeply from the surrounding context, but also dreaming freely to transcend mere reality and convention, to create delightfully surprising yet relevant, distinctly local but still globally appealing works. MOD's explorations are created amidst a democratic ‘studio-like’ atmosphere and progress seamlessly between form, site, object and space. Their work has received critical acclaim with awards such as Designer of the Year by the International Design Awards (USA, 2010), Rising Star of Architecture (Monocle Singapore Survey, 2010), Gold Key Award Grand Prize Winner (USA, 2008), and President’s Design Award (Singapore, 2006 & 2008).

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Aaron Tan (Photo)
Aaron Tan, Architect
Aaron Tan received his BSc in Civil Engineering at Columbia University and MA in Architecture at Harvard University, where he completed his thesis on Hong Kong's Kowloon Walled City. Inspired by the intelligence of this walled city, and the dynamic growth of Asian cities in general, Tan founded OMA Asia in Hong Kong in 1994 with the support of Rem Koolhaas, to explore new design possibilities. In 2001, the office became independent and was named RAD. Tan continues to operate the office with a similar vision and interests. He works with a team of designers of multi-national origin, to pursue new design approaches in the unique Asian socio-cultural matrix. Tan's desire is to make meaningful intellectural and physical contributions to the culture and built environment. RAD has received design awards and the works have been exhibited in several international biennales including Venice Biennale 2008 and 2010. Internationally, Tan is an active design critic and has been appointed External Examiner (2011-2013) at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture.

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Zi Xi Tan (Photo)
Zixi Tan, Illustrator
Having won a scholarship in 2006 after receiving her BA in Graphic Design in Singapore, Zixi Tan majored in Illustration at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. As a Singpapore-based independent full-time illustrator, Tan has learned to find beauty in the vernacular, the “everyday”, and often dreams of a bigger, better world – a brighter “everyday” - from the small isle. Various mediums form fresh landscapes for her to bring each unique concept and theme to life. Collaborative projects with graphic designers, fashion labels and museums have also expanded her world as she presses on to create work that is fun, new and relevant. Tan held her first solo exhibition "Ten Years of Work for Every Minute on Stage" at The Art Studio in Singapore in 2010. Her work has been widely recognised in the form of awards such as London Creative International Competition’s ‘New Talent of Year 2010’, ‘Best Illustrator 2010’ by JUICE Magazine in Singapore, Singapore Women's Weekly's ‘Most Inspiring Award’ of 'Great Women of Our Time 2013', and winning The Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award 2013 for Where's Grandma?, which she illustrated.

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Justin, Wong Chiu Tat (Photo)
Justin Wong Chiu Tat, Artist
Justin Wong is a comic writer and media artist who received his BA (Fine Arts) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and his MA (Interactive Digital Media) at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in London. After his graduation, he participated in the Ars Electronica award-winning project, Last.fm in London. Upon his return to Hong Kong in 2004, he taught at the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong and worked as Art Director in an interactive media design company. At the same time, he began to work for a local newspaper as comic writer and illustrator. In 2007, he started his political comic column Gei Gei Gaak Gaak in Ming Pao Daily. His works also include graphic design, animation and interactive art, which have been exhibited in platforms including "A Parallel Tale: Taipei in 80s x Hong Kong in 90s" (FZ Fifteen Animation & Story Gallery, Taiwan, 2013), "Hong Kong Eye 2012" (Saatchi Gallery, London, 2012) and "Eniminiminimos: Artists who make things small II" (Esplanade, Singapore, 2009). He is Artistic Director of a new media art group, Writing Machine, and Lecturer in the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University.

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