Lara Day (Hong Kong)

An Open Collection

Curatorial Note

Synopsis: M+ has been building a pre-eminent collection of 20th and 21st century visual culture since 2012, long before the opening of its museum building (targeted for completion in 2019) in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Inspired by the idea of “openness” in the context of museum collections, digital culture, and Hong Kong as a historically open city, Day’s talk explores what it means for a museum to be “open” in the digital age, the role of the M+ Collections in fostering a culture of collaboration, conversation, and transparency among local and global communities.

Lara Day’s FIELD MEETING participation is supported by M+ (Hong Kong).


Lara Day is the Senior Manager, Digital and Cross-Platform Content at M+, a new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong. She brings her digital publishing and editorial background to M+, where she established M+ Stories as the museum’s virtual storytelling platform; steered the museum towards open access for the M+ Collections by launching a public API and open data for a forthcoming Collections “beta” website (aimed for launch in February 2019); and introduced community-building events including Wikipedia edit-a-thons on women in visual culture and hackathons focused on the M+ Collections. Prior to joining M+, Lara was a writer and editor, and managed digital projects at The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. Her immersive multimedia feature Kowloon Walled City won the Scripps Howard Award for Digital Innovation in 2014.