Mimi Brown (Hong Kong/USA) began collecting art in 2004. In 2011, after commissioning several site-specific artworks at home, Mimi founded the initiative Spring Workshop to drill down into certain elements of the collecting practice on a larger scale. As a forum for experimentation with artists, audiences, residencies and partnerships, Spring Workshop commissioned dozens of new works and publications, hosted 200 public and private events, and welcomed 196 residents and other overnight guests to its beds, sofas and air mattresses. As part of its focus on supporting and connecting structures in the creative ecosystem, Spring worked with 12 organizations, including Asia Art Archive, Para Site, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, M+, Things that can happen, HK Farm and soundpocket.
In addition to creating and shepherding Spring Workshop, Mimi is a board member of Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Cate School and the Signet Society at Harvard University, where she completed a degree in music composition.