About Vivienne Chow



Vivienne Chow is an award-winning journalist and critic specialising in arts, culture and cultural politics. Her work has appeared in dozens of international outlets including BBC CultureVariety, Quartz, Artnet News, The Art Newspaper, The Telegraph, ArtnewsArtsySouth China Morning Post and The New York TimesShe is currently a student of astrology and is developing her first art project Since Ancient Times exploring the untold stories of her family history rooted in the now-deserted islands of Hong Kong with Oi! Oil Street Art Space. 

Vivienne is the recipient of the IJP Premium Fellowship Award 2018 by the Internationale Journalisten-Programme in Germany, the first Hong Kong-based journalist to receive the honour. Her coverage on Hong Kong 2019 published in Quartz has earned her the Honorable Mention for Excellence in Arts & Culture Reporting in the global, English language media category at the 2020 SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence, presented by the Society of Publishers in Asia. More of Vivienne's articles on Hong Kong 2019 can be found here 

Vivienne is a regular public speaker and moderator at local and international events, including Art Basel in Hong Kong, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, AICA International Congress 2019 in Berlin and re:publica 2016 in Berlin. She also gave a public lecture "Hong Kong's Artful Protests" to discuss the art and creative strategies that emerged from the political turmoil at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden.  

An avid supporter of education, Vivienne founded Cultural Journalism Campus in 2014, a non-profit educational initiative to promote arts and culture appreciation among young people and children through arts writing. The initiative was awarded a Merit in Arts Education by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2015 and was nominated for the Best Soft Power Cultural Activation Award at the 2017 Leading Culture Destinations Awards in London, the only entry from Asia in this award category. She has also previously taught at The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  

Vivienne has written extensively about arts, culture and cultural politics over the past two decades. She was named one of the world's best young journalists while representing HK at the inaugural Berlinale Talent Press in 2004 at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2015, Vivienne was awarded the prestigious IJP Fellowship for mid-career journalism training and cultural policy research in Berlin, Germany.

Previously Vivienne spent a total of 15 years at the SCMP covering arts, culture and cultural politics, such as the 2014 Umbrella Movement (Occupy Central) from a unique cultural perspective and the two-decade-long development of West Kowloon Cultural District. 

Vivienne holds a degree in journalism from CUHK and a master's degree in cultural studies from HKU researching cultural policy. Her MA dissertation Chinese elitism and neoliberalism: post-colonial Hong Kong cultural policy development: a case study is logged in the HKU libraries. She has contributed an essay on Hong Kong's cultural industries to Creativity and Culture in Contemporary Greater China by Bridge21 Publications. She also contributes to The Interpreter published by the Lowy Institute, an international diplomacy think tank in Australia. 


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