Cheng Huai organizes events and workshops to enable art history students to push the boundaries between theories and practices and encourage them to connect to the contemporary art world.
September 24, 2021
The Cheng Huai Arts and Culture Association, in partnership with the McGill Students Chinese Brush Arts Club (MSCBAC), organize a Mid-Autumn Festival-themed Chinese brushwork workshop on McGill's Lower Field! Led by the talented MSCBAC arts coordinators—Zhengyuan Gao, Mingjun Xu, and Wukai Jiang—participants will have the choice to learn either calligraphy or traditional figurative painting. In Chinese tradition, we will also be serving tea at the event!
March 7, 2021
A conversation with three artists, Maliciouz, Eddy Firmin and Adi for a panel discussion on the theme of "resistance"
February 13, 2021
A Valentine's Day themed trivia night hosted online. The questions focused on the art world and pop culture. Winner prizes including a print from local fine arts photographer Merill Bobotis, and a $10 gift card to Café Névé.
April 5, 2018
In collaboration with SSMU Mental Health Club, we organized an Empowering talk and Watercolour Workshop with the artist Dana Velan with an aim of raising awareness of mental health issues at McGill and alleviate students' stress. The artist Dana Velan's recent large-scale water-colour series Nebula (2014) create imaginary realms to realize therapeutic powers of art. Inspired by a variety of stories and elements, from astrophysical phenomena and natural elements to literature and diasporic experiences, Dana creates a world of imaginary landscapes which also have strong spiritual relieving power.
February 27, 2018
During a career which has expanded for more than a decade, artist Yann Pocreau draws on abstract designs of space and light to create a kind of luminous photography which also refers back to the illuminating nature of photography itself. Through those artworks evocative of different architectural spaces from cathedrals to domestic interiors, the artist emanates from photographs an intimate and sublime relationship with time, space, and thus, selves of the viewers. We organized a studio tour and invited the artist Yann Pocreau to talk about his creative visions and inspirations behind some of his most important works including Cathédrale (2013) during his residency at Fonderie Darling.
February 11, 2018
We invited two Montreal-based artists, Hua Jin and Jinyoung Kim to discuss their works in photography, the relationship between personal and social narratives in art, and their understandings of notions of diaspora, homeland, and return. In Hua Jin’s My Big Family, what began as a documentation of the artist’s extended family is transformed into a study of the effects of the China’s one-child policy on contemporary families. In Jinyoung Kim’s Jugong Apartments, the abolished architecture of the artist’s childhood home in South Korea speak equally to loss of a once-familiar place and the country’s rapid urbanization in recent decades. The event included brief presentations by each artist to introduce their works, followed by a casual roundtable discussion with attendees, and it was moderated by Muhan Zhang and Edel Yang.
November 25, 2017
The name “Journée”, inspired from the word “Soirée”, means a morning social gathering for conversation. Cheng Huai wants to create a relaxing and open environment to promote art education and interest in contemporary arts. Past Journée events include: 1) Guided Tour in MMFA: Western Art History in a Nutshell 2) Discussion Panel: MoMA Collection Highlights.
November 12, 2017
In 2017, we invited three writers who participated in our Besner research project to join a studio visit and an intimate interview with artist Dominic Besner to discuss his artistic career. The impressive paintings of Canadian artist Dominic Besner strike a chord amongst educated and general beholders alike. Indeed, through his enigmatic works, the Montreal-based artist has constructs elaborate worlds occupied by figures which many will find appealing in their curious and colorful abstraction, while scholars are likely to relay the figures and architectural features back to classical mythology and/or Renaissance drama and styles of design.
October 1, 2017
In collaboration with McGill Bankers in Asia(MBIA), Cheng Huai organized the very first art finance case competition Art Investing — Millennium Approach on Valuation Strategy in McGill University. The purpose of the case is to explore the potential of financial analysts in demonstrating their professionally in analyzing auction data. The result of case competition is inspiring in providing a millennium approach in balancing the value of artwork from art historical perspectives as well as the financial perspectives.