Isabella Yun has over two decades of experience working in the performing arts and arts administration. She is an examiner for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, assessing funding applications and making recmmendations on grant-related issues. Isabella has founded “Culture Workshop” to support publications on local oral history and local culture. She is presently the PhD candidate at the Sociology Department of The University of Hong Kong, researching on arts bureaucracy and related behaviorial aspects. As a graduate of the Department of Cultural and Religious Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she was honored the “Besy Essay Award” for her master thesis “A Clustering Strategy for The Urban Regeneration of the Yaumatei Community, Hong Kong”. She earned her first degree from the Hunter College of New York City University and learned precious life lessons in “The Big Apple.”
As a life-long dance practitioner, Isabella began her career whole-heartedly with The Hong Kong Ballet Limited in as an assistant stage manager and then a deputy stage manager. In the late 80s, she was exposed to the excellence in management skills and practises when Gary Trinder (Artistic Director), Roger Samson (Technical Director), and Linda Bell (Assistant Technical Director) were in charge. From 1997 through 1999, she served the former Urban Council's Community Arts Coordinating Office, under the leadership of Mr. K.B. Chan and Ms Teresa Lee, as the assistant manager specializing dance and dance theatre programs implementation. It was the late colonial period when she came to understand the cultural scene from the perspectives and practices of the government. She has also worked for mid-sized dance companies and private family foundation where she managed nonprofit and philanthropy arts programs. After all first-hand managerial experiences, Isabella is now focusing on arts managerment research and education. Her columns are carried by the Hong Kong Economic Journal and MingPao respectively. List of articles on arts administration is available here: http://www.apspace.hk/news.html
What is arts administration? It is the crossover of artistic and administrative actors; the prominent arts administrator is able to stand on her own two feet between eccentric artists and choosy audience members after all, doesn't it sound easy?
(Forthcoming, 2016) Author of “Handbook for arts administrators”. (pending)
(2015) Co-author of “Aesthetics in Colonial Hong Kong”. Sub-culture Limited
(2015) Coordinator of “Oral history of Sham Shui Po”. Arcadia Press Limited
(2014) Coordinator of “Oral history of Shau Kei Wan”. Arcadia Press Limited
(2014) Author of “Growing up with the arts of ballet”. Arcadia Press Limited