Recognising the importance of education as a tool that empowers individuals and leads to improvements in the world’s economy, environment and development, these visionaries on the Asia’s Most Influential 2022 list have focused their efforts on providing more access to quality learning and education training. Through organisations that emphasise critical thinking, wonder and curiosity in science and the arts, they are improving education systems, which in turn, nurtures future leaders. Sky Yen from Taiwan, Subra Suresh from Singapore, Pia D Bagasmabad from the Philippines, Melissa Gomes from Malaysia and Yan Du from Hong Kong are among the changemakers leading positive change across the region and beyond. Read more about their contributions to education below.
Yan Du, Hong Kong
The art advocate and collector founded the London-based Asymmetry Art Foundation to nurture future curators, as well as widen the knowledge about Asian contemporary art. Asymmetry not only provides fellowships for curators and scholarships for art students across Europe, but it also organises discussions on, for example, online curating or transnational identities.
The Asymmetry Art Foundation has announced an international open call for a curatorial research fellowship at the Chisenhale Gallery in London. The 18-month post will be granted “to an early career curator who identifies to any extent with Greater Chinese and Sinophone cultures and identities”. Applications for the Chisenhale fellowship are ongoing until 12 December 2022.