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Art What!: Tai Kwun Launches Open Call for Artists’ Studios (Hong Kong)


HONG KONG – Tai Kwun — Centre for Heritage and Arts has announced the second annual Open Call for Artists’ Studios, an initiative aimed at artists, practitioners, and researchers working in the fields of contemporary art, performing arts, and heritage, the three main programming spheres at Tai Kwun. Applications are open to all, with a strong preference for candidates who can demonstrate a strong connection to Hong Kong. Up to four successful applicants will be eligible to work at the artists’ studios free of charge, in the historic former residential quarters (Block 06 and 07) within Tai Kwun, with a target duration of 3-6 months between April 2021 and March 2022. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to take part in Tai Kwun’s public programming events such as talks and sharing sessions.

The successful candidate should ideally be an artist, performer, art practitioner, curator, architect, researcher, writer, educator, or academic, working in the field of contemporary art, performing arts, or heritage. The successful candidate should preferably demonstrate a strong connection to Hong Kong and ideally Tai Kwun (in terms of connection to the site as well as Tai Kwun’s programming). Applications will be evaluated based on the artistic, creative, and academic merit of the candidates, particularly with regard to the degree to which the successful candidates can gain a rewarding, enriching experience at Tai Kwun, as well as how the successful candidates can contribute to contemporary art, performing arts, and heritage in Hong Kong.

In parallel with Tai Kwun’s diverse public programming, Tai Kwun’s Artists’ Studios offer a residency programme with a goal to expand the depth of programming and foster a wide-ranging network connecting artists, professionals, and the public,  spurring interdisciplinary collaboration and contributing to a flourishing art and cultural scene in Hong Kong. The aim is to enable artists and professionals in the creative spheres to develop their artistic and creative practices and to benefit from Tai Kwun and its partners’ networks; moreover, hosted guests also actively contribute to Tai Kwun’s engagement with the public.

Tai Kwun’s Artists’ Studios will primarily be focused on candidates with a strong connection to Hong Kong, who are selected in an annual Open Call, with the aim of providing much needed space for artists as well as an important platform and network.

The deadline for Tai Kwun’s Artists’ Studios Open Call is Friday, 18th September 2020. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee that includes representatives of Tai Kwun Contemporary as well as field experts, and interested parties should submit applications to For more details, visit Tai Kwun’s website




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