New Placement

Chisenhale Gallery, London

We have the pleasure to announce the recipient of the first Asymmetry Curatorial Writing Fellowship at Chisenhale Gallery, London. Hang Li, a researcher and curator based in London and Beijing, has been awarded the six-month fellowship that ends in the presentation of her ambitious project in October 2021. Hang will use this opportunity to extend her research on web-based collaborative work that enhances connection and exchange between curators, artists and institutions by combining the driving forces of technology and art with the importance of community and support.

The Chisenhale Gallery placement marks the first in a series of new fully-funded fellowships and scholarships established in partnership with leading UK Institutions, that will be announced in Spring 2021. The Curatorial Fellowships place curators at avant-garde European institutions, sharpening their skills and expanding their networks, whilst enabling the institutions to gain from the Fellow’s specific expertise and perspective on Chinese contemporary art.


The Asymmetry Curatorial Writing Fellowship at Chisenhale Gallery is offered to one mid-career curator who is a national of Greater China, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan, based in the region or internationally, every six months. The programme provides the curator with a unique opportunity to expand their writing practice by working across Chisenhale Gallery’s award-winning programme. With Covid-19 challenging the landscape of visual arts employment, the Fellowship is a timely response that creates an opportunity for critical thinking and public-facing research outcomes within the curatorial sphere.

Selected from a shortlist of invited proposals in conjunction with Chisenhale Gallery Director, Zoé Whitley, Hang will work closely with the gallery’s curatorial team to deliver her project outcome. The project will include researching and developing aspects of the public-facing programming and could take a variety of text-based forms including scripted podcast, oral histories, studio visit interviews, poetry, prose and sound recordings.

“Hang Li is an aspiring scholar and promising emerging curator to watch. Her research project for the Curatorial Writing Fellowship is practice-driven and explores web-based collaborative work between curators, artists and institutions, such as ourselves while emphasising the sense of community, empathy and care. These notions are now more relevant than ever.”

Yan Du, Founder and Director of Asymmetry


Hang Li is a researcher, curator and designer based in London and Beijing. Her focus is on the curatorial at the intersection of art and technology drawing upon ideas including collective working, feminist epistemologies, and organisational approaches to social justice. Her practice-based PhD explores the epistemological and practical tools that lie outside the conventional frameworks and institutional norms. It seeks to enable curating-in-formation to tell better stories and act for shared concerns about technologies at translocal scales.

Hang has curated several art projects for institutions and organisations such as The Photographers’ Gallery, Spazju Kreattiv, the Royal College of Art and Skelf. She is currently a PhD researcher in the School of Arts and Humanities at the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, and has numerous essays published in journals and books. She graduated from the Bartlett, University College London with an MArch in Architectural Design, followed by an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the RCA.

Chisenhale Gallery