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Katie Hill

Adjunct and Graduate Faculty

PhD, University of Sussex; MPhil/PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; MA (Hons), The University of Edinburgh

Dr Katie Hill is Academic Lead – Asia and Senior Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, where she has led the MA in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art for the past six years. She is an established academic, curator and speaker with specialised knowledge in the field of contemporary art from the People’s Republic of China and the global Chinese diaspora. With an MA in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Edinburgh and a DPhil from the University of Sussex, her research has explored the diasporic presence of Chinese artists in Europe, interrogating their practices and cultural significance within a global context since the 1990s. Her curatorial work in the field has incorporated a broad range of artistic practices, from conceptual and performance art, to the expanded field of contemporary ink painting and calligraphy. She is currently working on the catalogue essay for a major retrospective of the architect and ink painter Raymond Fung to be held at the Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou and M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong. She directs her own consultancy in Oxfordshire which promotes and supports contemporary artists from the UK and China, producing exhibition projects, commissions and events in collaboration with galleries and organisations.


Social Media: @hillcai

Katie Hill
  • Exhibitions


    Out of the Blue, expanded calligraphy installation at Palazzo Reale, Milan, a collaboration with Alcantara. Co-curated with Dagmar Carnevale. Sept 9-Oct 11, 2020

    Lifelines, Wang Huangsheng solo exhibition, Hong Kong Arts Centre/ 3812 Gallery. Sept, 2019

    Underflow: the agony and the ecstasy. Deng Jianjin solo exhibition, Triangle Space Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts. Sept, 2019

    Van Gogh Was Here. From China, With Love. Cai Yuan, Sheng Qi, Xi Jianjun. San Mei Gallery, London. Aug, 2019

    Curator, producer and fundraiser: Wastelands, group exhibition at OVADA with Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, Wessie Ling, Anthony Key, Cai Yuan, Sun Yi, Sun Haili, 1st Floor Collective Nanjing. Oxford July-Aug, 2015

    Flux: Wang Huangsheng solo exhibition, Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai 1 Jun–20 Jul,2015

    Sidelines, Sun Yi solo exhibition, Arts Trust (2015)

    Optimism. Duan Yingmei and Cai Yuan, live drawing- performance, OCCA Space, Oxford, February 2 - March 31 2014

    Art of Change: New Directions from China Southbank Centre, Hayward Gallery. Researcher, Artist Selection, and catalogue writer (Duan Yingmei) September 2012

    Producer and Curator, English Lounge, Tang Contemporary Gallery, Beijing, Mar-Apr 2009, group exhibition of contemporary art from the UK, including Turner nominees Langlands & Bell & Turner Prize winner Martin Creed

    One World One Dream. Aircraft Carrier Project, Cai Yuan and JJ Xi. Tokyo Gallery Beijing, Feb-Mar, 2009

    Legacy, Contemporary Chinese Photography, Rossi and Rossi Gallery, London. 2007

    The Political Body. Posters from the People's Republic of China in the 1960s and 1970s Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies 2004; Oriental Museum, Durham; 2005, Museum of East Asian Art, Bath; 2005 Union College, Schenectady, NY, USA

    Co-Curator with Sally Lai, Happy and Glorious, solo exhibition of UK-based Chinese artists: JJ Xi and Cai Yuan (2004)

    Manchester Chinese Arts Centre
    Producer, Intervention: Jumping on Tracey Emin’s Bed, Mad For Real at Tate Gallery, 1999
  • Publications


    Hill, K. ‘Re/collection: the architecture of ink and cultural topographies in the paintings of Raymond Fung’, in 70, Raymong Fung Retrospective catalogue essay, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou and M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong, 2023

    Hill, K., Encyclopedia of Contemporary Art, Treccani (Rome, 2021). Entries on contemporary art from China.,valore%20sociologico%2C%20storico%20e%20culturale.&text=Oltre%203600%20lemmi%20e%20sottolemmi,contenitore%20e%20interdisciplinari%20o%20transnazionali

    Hill, K., “Huang Yongping 1954-2019”, Apollo Magazine, November 13, 2019.

    Hill, K., “’A History Written by Our Bodies’: Artistic Activism and the Agonistic Chinese Voice of Mad For Real’s Performances at the End of the Twentieth Century”, in Contesting British Chinese Culture, edited by Yeh and Thorpe. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.

    Hill, K., “The Useless Tree”, in Ai Weiwei: Trees, Lisson Gallery, 2016.

    Hill, K., “Journeys West now and then: reflections on (self-)censorship and Manchester’s Chinatown in the 1990s.” in 30 Years of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art, pp.52-59. Manchester: CFCCA, 2016.

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MA in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art