A Talk On Derek Bailey, The Man Behind Hong Kong’s Most Significant Buddhist Sculptures

Why We Recommend it

In this talk, Stephanie Bailey reveals the history of the artistic and creative practice of her late brother, the masterful yet relatively unknown sculptor Derek Bailey.


Hong Kong Buddhist sculptor Derek Bailey (1968-2017) has crafted sculptures and art pieces for some of the city’s most important Buddhist sites. His oeuvre includes the statutes that populate the Chi Lin Nunnery’s Tang Dynasty monastic complex in Diamond Hill, the 76-metre bronze Kwun Yum statue that crowns the Tai Po Tsz Shan Monastery complex, as well as the 88 wood burned panels that are on permanent exhibition around the central interior hall upon which the Tian Tan Buddha, the largest outdoor-seated bronze Buddha in the world, is seated. Beyond Hong Kong, Bailey also completed the 1000-armed Kwan Yin at the Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery in Singapore.

Despite his impressive body of work, very few people know his name, much less his story. In this evening presentation, Bailey’s sister will speak on her late brother’s remarkable life and art practice.

For those inclined to find out more about Bailey prior to the talk, click here to read a moving piece written by one of his friends.


When: 23 Jan 2019 - 23 Jan 2019 Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Center – 9 Justice Drive – Admiralty