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12 November 2021

The Photography of Nancy Sheung: a panel discussion

In this special event, which accompanies the exhibition Line and Texture: the photography of Nancy Sheung, currently on show at St Hugh’s College as part of the Photo Oxford Festival, and featured in The Guardian, an expert panel will consider the work of pioneering Hong Kong photographer Nancy Sheung within the broader contexts of Chinese and Western photography.

The event will open with a drinks reception at 5.30pm, followed by the panel discussion between 6pm and 7.30pm.

The panel will be chaired by Shelagh Vainker (St Hugh’s College), Curator of Chinese Art at the Ashmolean Museum, and Associate Professor of Chinese Art in the Faculty of Oriental Studies. The panellists are:

  • Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres, granddaughter of Nancy Sheung, who will discuss aspects of the artist’s life.
  • Adrian Bradshaw, photojournalist specialising in the photography of China, who will contextualise Nancy Sheung’s photography within that of China and Hong Kong from the late 1950s.
  • Michael Pritchard, exhibition curator, Director of Programmes at the Royal Photographic Society, and photo-historian, who will discuss the artist’s work within that of the RPS from the 1950s-1970s.

The event will be held in person in the Mordan Hall at St Hugh’s College.

Please feel free to submit questions in advance via the booking form below.

Booking Information

To register for this event, please fill out the booking form below by noon on the day before the event. Final details will be emailed to all those who have registered for the event closer to the time. Please enter your email address carefully on the form to ensure that these reach you.

Cancellation Policy

While we hope very much that the event will be able to go ahead as planned, these are clearly uncertain times, and there is always the risk that we might be forced to cancel the event due to the pandemic. We will aim to give as much notice as possible of any cancellation and will contact all those who have registered by email.

If you have reserved a ticket and are no longer able to attend, please let us know by emailing Lena Sorochina on at your earliest opportunity, and ideally at least 24 hours before the event.


This event is jointly supported by the Photo Oxford Festival, Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University, St Hugh’s College, Oxford, The Royal Photographic Society, Arts Council England, and The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation.



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