Nicolette Kwok is the Founder and Director of the Red Mansion Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1999, which promotes cultural exchange between China and the UK through contemporary art. Before this, she worked for UNHCR and as a management consultant in the communications industry before turning her attention to art. She has lived in Hong Kong where she spent several years researching Chinese contemporary art.
In 2001 the Red Mansion organized the first large scale contemporary art exhibition dedicated solely to Chinese art, entitled “Dream 01”. This was followed by the launch of the “Red Mansion Art Prize” which supports young British Artists, and the “Building Bridges” programme, an artistic exchange which gives eight established artists the chance to visit China and exhibit the work produced as a result of their travels.
The Foundation continues to thrive as it enters its 10th year, and is currently exhibiting a large scale solo retrospective of the work of Lu Chunsheng, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist of the Serpentine Gallery.