Prof WOOD, Laurence James   
Professor
Department of Cultural and Creative Arts
Phone No: (852) 2948 7192
Email: ljwood@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0003-4481-4957
Phone
(852) 2948 7192
Email
ljwood@eduhk.hk
Research Interest

Primary research interest is Fine Art practice with emphasis on painting, drawing and printmaking. Currently also developing and co-curating an international video arts project.

Currently conducting a non-traditional output based research project, Translating New Territories; International Visual and Interdisciplinary Arts Project with funding from the HKIEd

Recent non-traditional research outputs, professional practice and knowledge transfer activities include;

  • Hysan mural design showcase exhibition, Lee Gardens, Hong Kong 2021
  • Exhibitions in Guangzhou and Shenzhen 2019, 20, 21
  • Mural painting for Yitian Plaza Mall, Shenzhen 2019
  • Possibilities of Design mural painting, International Design week, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shenzhen, China 2018
  • TranslationsI-III exhibition, Osage gallery, Hong Kong 2018
  • Translation(s) III; Bodies In Transit international video project screened at Art Stays, Slovenia 2017 and Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester UK, 2017. (Co-curated and contributed new video work)
  • Exhibiting with Nadine Fine Art, South East Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2017
  • New painting selected for 'Mysticism in Landscape' exhibition, Nadine Fine Art, KL, Malaysia August 2016
  • Solo exhibition of new works at Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London, August 2016
  • New painting selected for Spice Select 2016, The Monochrome Show, at Nadine Fine Art South East Asia, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 2016
  • Video work 'Revolution' screened at Videotage Booth, Art Basel art Fair, Hong Kong March 2016
  • New video work screened as component of "A conversation between Ruan and Guitar", with new music composed by CC Leung, performed at ticketed public events at Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Black Box Theatre, Kowloon, January 2016
  • Group exhibition of paintings, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, Notting Hill, London 2015
  • Solo exhibition of paintings and prints, "Around Among Within", at Lacey Contemporary Gallery, Notting Hill, London, 2015
  • Co-curated and contibuted to "translation(s) II; translating the city" international video arts project screened at Videotage HK and Artstays public arts festival, Slovenia 2015
  • Selected finalist in the 14th international Artelaguna painting competition and exhibited in finalist exhibition at the Arsenale, Venice, Italy 2014
  • Completed two painting commissions for the Kent Science Park, Kent UK 2015

Full details of exhibition history can be seen at www.laurencewood.co.uk and other works at www.translatingnewterritories.com

External Appointment

Panl member (Humanities and Social Sciences) Research Grants Council, UGC, Hong Kong since 2020

Honorary Consultant, HKSEA since 2019

Visiting professor and external sensor (examiner) Bergen Arkitekt Skole, Bergen, Norway

Professional Profile

Graduate of the Royal College of Art, London. Painter and printmaker with over 30 years of Professional Practice experience in the field of Fine Art and more than 20 years experience in senior academic, university management and governance roles.

Currently represented as an artist by Nadine Fine Art South East Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and KangQi Art, China

Panel member (Humanities and Social Sciences) Research Grants Council, UGC, Hong Kong since 2020

Finalist in the 2014 Artelaguna International Art Prize, Venice, Italy 2014

Member of UK Council for Higher Education in Art and Design, 2005-2012 and Peer Reviewer for UK Arts and Humanities Research Council 2007-2010.

Previous senior academic posts include;

Dean Fine Arts (and Widening Participation) , University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, Kent, UK, 2009-2012

Dean Art, Design and Architecture, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, Kent, UK, 2008-2009

Head of College, Canterbury, University College for the Creative Arts, Kent, UK 2005-2008

Head of Canterbury School of Fine Art, KIAD, Kent, UK 1998-2005

Head of School of Art and Design, WHC, Watford, UK 1996-1998

Research Interest

Primary research interest is Fine Art practice with emphasis on painting, drawing and printmaking. Currently also developing and co-curating an international video arts project.

Currently conducting a non-traditional output based research project, Translating New Territories; International Visual and Interdisciplinary Arts Project with funding from the HKIEd

Recent non-traditional research outputs, professional practice and knowledge transfer activities include;

  • Hysan mural design showcase exhibition, Lee Gardens, Hong Kong 2021
  • Exhibitions in Guangzhou and Shenzhen 2019, 20, 21
  • Mural painting for Yitian Plaza Mall, Shenzhen 2019
  • Possibilities of Design mural painting, International Design week, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shenzhen, China 2018
  • TranslationsI-III exhibition, Osage gallery, Hong Kong 2018
  • Translation(s) III; Bodies In Transit international video project screened at Art Stays, Slovenia 2017 and Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester UK, 2017. (Co-curated and contributed new video work)
  • Exhibiting with Nadine Fine Art, South East Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2017
  • New painting selected for 'Mysticism in Landscape' exhibition, Nadine Fine Art, KL, Malaysia August 2016
  • Solo exhibition of new works at Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London, August 2016
  • New painting selected for Spice Select 2016, The Monochrome Show, at Nadine Fine Art South East Asia, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 2016
  • Video work 'Revolution' screened at Videotage Booth, Art Basel art Fair, Hong Kong March 2016
  • New video work screened as component of "A conversation between Ruan and Guitar", with new music composed by CC Leung, performed at ticketed public events at Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Black Box Theatre, Kowloon, January 2016
  • Group exhibition of paintings, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, Notting Hill, London 2015
  • Solo exhibition of paintings and prints, "Around Among Within", at Lacey Contemporary Gallery, Notting Hill, London, 2015
  • Co-curated and contibuted to "translation(s) II; translating the city" international video arts project screened at Videotage HK and Artstays public arts festival, Slovenia 2015
  • Selected finalist in the 14th international Artelaguna painting competition and exhibited in finalist exhibition at the Arsenale, Venice, Italy 2014
  • Completed two painting commissions for the Kent Science Park, Kent UK 2015

Full details of exhibition history can be seen at www.laurencewood.co.uk and other works at www.translatingnewterritories.com

External Appointment

Panl member (Humanities and Social Sciences) Research Grants Council, UGC, Hong Kong since 2020

Honorary Consultant, HKSEA since 2019

Visiting professor and external sensor (examiner) Bergen Arkitekt Skole, Bergen, Norway

Selected Output

Conference Papers
Poposki, Z., Wood, L., & Todorova, M. (2019, September). Translating New Territories: Approaches to Video Art and Translation. Paper presented at 9th Congress of the European Society for Translation Studies (EST Congress 2019), Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Wood, L (2018, December). New needs need new techniques. So what's new, and what do we need to teach?. Keynote speech presented at InSEA Asia Regional Congress and 7th Chinese Art Education Symposium 2018, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Creative and Literary Works, Consulting Reports and Case Studies
WOOD, Laurence (2021). Design proposal for mural painting, Lee Gardens Hong Kong. HONG KONG: The Hysan Mural Design Showcase exhibition, Hysan Development Inclusive Art and Culture Programme 2020.
Wood, LJ (2020). The Blossom and Black Thorn Window 75cm x 75cm Ink on abraded paper. Drawing As The Core Exhibition, Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Baptist University. HONG KONG: Drawing As The Core exhibition, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. Exhibition curated by Yu, Wai Luen Francis.
Laurence Wood (2019). Shadow Puppets In My Houseplants. (Painting 120 cm x 120cm 2019). Guangzhou Design Week, Poly World Trade Centre & Nanfung International Exhibition Centre, Guangzhou, China. China: Guangzhou Kangqi Culture Development Company & Guangzhou Design Week.
Laurence Wood (2019). Watching Red Leaves Falling 2019. Painting 75cm x 75cm. Macao: Arte Macao 2019. Artistic Excellence exhibition hosted by Macao Institute for Tourism Studies.
WOOD, L (2019). Night Vision. Mixed-media artwork 2019. Kyung Hee University Museum of Arts. Seoul, Korea: Kyung Hee University and EdUHK.
Wood, L (2018). Ornamental Pool of Paper Fish. Acrylic Painting 91cm x 91cm. Shenzhen, China: AIC 8th Shenzhen City Art Fair, China.
Poposki, Z. & Wood, L. (2018). Translation(s) I-III: Translating New Territories. International curated video project and original artworks. Osage Gallery Hong Kong. Hong Kong.
WOOD L (2018). Bodies In Transit, Asia Remix Mural Painting. Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning, Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen, China: Shenzhen Design Week 2018.
WOOD, Laurence (2018). Redcoat's Last Dream. Mixed-media artwork 2017. Kyung Hee University Museum of Arts. Seoul, Korea: Kyung Hee University and EdUHK.
Wood, L (2018). 'The Fig Tree' Laurence Wood exhibited at the Taiwan International Art Exchange Exhibition 2018. Taiwan International Art Exchange Exhibition 2018 at Yunlin County Pro-people Space Exhibition Area, Yunlin County & Cultural Affairs Bureau, Yilan City. Yunlin & Yilan, Taiwan: Yunlin County Government & Yilan County Government.
Poposki, Z. & Wood, L. (2017). Translation(s) III: Bodies in Transit. Slovenia, UK.: Screenings at International Festival of Contemporary Art ArtStays in Slovenia and at the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art in Manchester, UK.
WOOD, L (2017). Exhibition of artworks with Nadine SE Asia at the Asia Contemporary Art Show Hong Kong 2017. http://asiacontemporaryart.com/artists/artist/Laurence_Wood/en/. HONG KONG.
Wood, L (2016). New painting 'Pale Moon with Crane' exhibited in Mysticism In Landscape Exhibition, Nadine Fine Art S E Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Painting included in Exhibition catalogue 'MYSTICISM IN LANDSCAPE' published by Nadine Fine Art 2016 (22). Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Nadine Fine Art South East Asia.
Wood, L (2016). Solo Exhibition of 11 new works; 'Choice Emblems. New paintings by Laurence Wood' Lacey Contemporary Gallery,London 2016. Online catalogue. https://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/08/26/laurence-wood-choice-emblems-at-lacey-contemporary-gallery-exhibition-review/. London, UK.
Laurence Wood (2016). The Monochrome Show. Spice Select 2016. KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA: Nadine Fine Art South East Asia.
Wood, L. J., & Poposki, Z. (2016). Translation(s) I/II 2013-2015: Translating the City. 1) Zoran Poposki - Hong Kong Atlas, DVD video/stereo, 3:58, 2013 and 2) Laurence Wood – Revolution, DVD video/stereo, 2:08, 2015. Hong Kong: International Video Project. International Curated Video Project, Videotage Booth, Art Basel, H.K.
Wood, L. J., & Leung, C. C. (2016). The Dance and Drunken Maniac video screened at 2 live concerts along with live musicians as part of the 2016 series under the umbrella of Landscape Beyond: A Journey through Chinese Music, Western Music and Chinese Calligraphy and Painting. Concert recorded and available on DVD from Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association. Kowloon, Hong Kong: Performances and screenings at the Black Box Theatre, Jockey Club Arts Centre, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
LAURENCE WOOD (2015). Five Paintings exhibited at Affordable Art Fair, London, UK October 2015. LONDON: AFFORDABLE ART FAIR.
Wood, L. J. (2015). Translation(s) II: Translating the City. “Revolution” Video Artwork. CHINA SAR/HONG KONG: International Video Project. Original Video Work “Revolution”.
Poposki, Z., & Wood, L. (2015). Translation(s) II: Translating the City. International curated video project and original video work. ArtBasel Hong Kong, International Art Festival ArtStays, Ptuj, Slovenia and Videotage, Hong Kong. Slovenia, Hong Kong.
Wood, L., & Poposki, Z. (2014). Translation(s): international curated video project and original video work. Not Festival 2013 Copenhagen, ART STAYS 11th Festival of Contemporary Art Ptuj, Chazou Gallery Kamloops BC, 3D Gallery Trento Venice. Denmark, Slovenia, Canada, Italy.
WOOD, L (2014). 'New Flat Painting' selected for final of ArteLaguna International Art Prize, Venice Itay 2014. Exhibition catalogue Arte Art Prize Laguna 13.14 ISBN 978-88-88121-11-6 (59). Venice Italy.

Project

Mask Wearing Behaviors and Attitudes: Cultural and Individual Influences
In the current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, different public norms regarding mask wearing have emerged across cultures. The public health efficacy of mask-wearing depends on more than the physical efficacy of masks themselves: Instead, it depends on social behavior—compliance and acceptance. How can we improve the social efficacy of masks for public health? Specifically, what facilitates mask acceptance in USA and Hong Kong, what discourages it, and how can we learn from one another to encourage . . .
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): BUCHTEL, Emma Ellen Kathrina 蒲安梅 (WOOD, Laurence James as Co-Investigator)
 
Translating New Territories. International Visual and Interdisciplinary Arts project
Production of new artworks including paintings, drawings and prints, exploring gestural marks and colour saturation, typically from the field of painterly abstraction, juxtaposed with thematic figuration, and how these can co-exist to create new and original expressive opportunities and visual experiences, alongside co-curation of artworks by other international video artists for exhibition and screening via significant international venues. Project deliverables include international public exhi . . .
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): WOOD, Laurence James