John Batten | South China Morning Post
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John Batten

Let's develop the art of transparency

The intimacy between government officials and appointees who sit on statutory advisory boards was highlighted with the resignation of Bernard Chan as chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board.

Monday, 25 June, 2012, 12:00am

Squalid lives of poorest on display

Packed into just 30 square feet of space, Mrs Leung, her husband and their two young children have called a cubicle in a Sham Shui Po flat home for the past five years.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Blocks The Upper Station, Sheung Wan Ends July 30

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Gerard Henry Interior Landscapes

Gerard Henry Interior Landscapes Ox Warehouse, Macau, until June 26

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Ha Bik-chuen - From Common to Uncommon

Ha Bik-chuen - From Common to Uncommon Hong Kong Museum of Art Until July 17

This posthumous retrospective exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Art examines Ha Bik-chuen's attempts to find his artistic voice through sculpture, prints, painting and photography.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Sick Leave

Sick Leave

C & G Artpartment

Until May 31

The Cantonese saying 'having the time to die, but no time to be sick' perfectly sums up the theme of this thoughtful group exhibition about the luxury and lax labour-law enforcement of taking sick leave.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Anarchitecture Bananas

Hong Kong Anarchitecture Bananas

Artist Commune

Until Apr 17

The recently concluded Architecture Biennial at the Central Police Station presented many displays that were, unfortunately, merely advertising

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Art walkers to get a taste of local architecture as list of events grows

An extra exhibition has been added to ArtWalk. According to organiser John Batten (right), in addition to the 55 galleries already taking part in the annual visual arts crawl through the city tonight, the last-minute attraction is an exhibition called the 'Hong Kong and Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture' at the Central Police Station.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Heritage crusader finds time to open new Aberdeen art gallery

In between trying to save every historic landmark in Hong Kong, it seems John Batten still has time for his day job as an arts curator. The activist will be reopening a new John Batten Gallery next month, but this one is in Aberdeen.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Time After Time

Time After Time

Basement, Hollywood Centre

Reviewed: Aug 26

Most of the works in Time After Time have been on show before, and displaying them again in an exhibition devoted to time seems arbitrary. Nonetheless, the show is cohesive and many of the pieces have a political edge.

28 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Street markets to become poll issue

Conservation activists are pushing the preservation of Hong Kong's street markets as an issue for the district council polls in November.

Candidates will be asked to make clear their positions on the issue, according to the activists.

23 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Performing a National Style (Part 2)

Performing a National Style (Part 2)

Ducky Tse & Simon Wan

1/F Lobby, Tai Koo Place, Quarry Bay

Reviewed: Jun 24

At first glance, this photographic essay appears simply to show Guangdong factory workers in their workplaces. But the intent of Ducky Tse Chi-tak and Simon Wan's work is rather more profound.

26 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Luke Ching Chin-wai: Two in One

Luke Ching Chin-wai: Two in One

Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre

Reviewed: June 16

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Organiser takes Artwalk down memory lane

The seventh annual ArtWalk takes place tonight at a record 50 galleries, and for the first time organiser John Batten will be able to enjoy the evening without the worries of his own Peel Street art space, which he let go last year.

After putting together this year's high-culture crawl, the heritage activist and long-time curator is now literally a SoHo boho.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

It's that time of year again to take a walk on the creative side

As the debate about West Kowloon continues, there's one successful arts development the local community can feel positive about. ArtWalk, organised by the Hong Kong Commercial Art Galleries' Association will be bigger than ever this year, with 40 galleries taking part.

27 Feb 2005 - 12:00am