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Community Arts and Culture in Urban Renewal

The URA believes that while improving the building condition and built environment remains an important part of urban renewal, the vision of urban renewal should embrace the concept of enhancing the quality of living of residents in old urban areas. In August 2011, the URA launched a strategic implementation framework for community arts and culture, aiming to integrate arts and cultural elements in urban renewal that would help underscore this vision.

The pilot action plan comprises five initiatives:

  1. Dedicated fund for arts and cultural activities in old urban areas.
  2. Work with local groups in organising arts and cultural programmes that are related to urban renewal.
  3. Fully utilise its venues and facilities, including the Oasis Gallery, its acquired and yet-to-be demolished premises.
  4. Encourage its joint venture partners to fully utilise public open spaces and malls for staging arts and cultural activities.
  5. Inject cultural elements into urban renewal projects.

 

(1) Arts and Cultural Partnership Programme in Old Urban Districts: Pilot Scheme


(Video content in Chinese only)

The URA introduces the "Arts and Cultural Partnership Programme in Old Urban Districts: Pilot Scheme" (ACPP) to provide financial support to local non-profit making organisations in organising arts and cultural programmes which are able to bring arts/culture to the local community, or bring the local community to the appreciation of arts/culture.

Please click here for the application details: Pamphlet (310 KB) / Application Form (475 KB)

Completed programmes supported by the ACPP include:

Enquiries: 2588 2333 or inquiry@mail1.ura.org.hk

 

(2) Utilisation of URA venue for Community Arts/Cultural Programmes

No. 192 Prince Edward Road West

The New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (NLPRA) was awarded the licence to operate a ground floor shop for arts/cultural purpose in the URA's Prince Edward Road West/Yuen Ngai Street Heritage Preservation & Revitalisation Project from April 2012 to June 2015. Furnished with the classic "red-white-blue" fabric and themed on "Positive Hong Kong", the social enterprise "rwb 330" aimed at promoting positive thinking and providing job opportunities to people in recovery of mental illness. The shop had attracted around 150,000 visitors and offered over 200 workshops to the public.

 rwb 330

 

No. 5 Wing Lee Street

Through an open proposal invitation process, the URA had engaged the Hong Kong Arts Centre to operate a two-year artist-in-residence programme from 2012-2014 at No. 5 Wing Lee Street in Sheung Wan under a licence agreement. The programme provided residency for overseas artists for cultural and arts creation in Hong Kong while encouraging cultural exchanges between local arts groups with these overseas artists for inspiration and creative ideas. About 100 artists/arts groups from over 20 countries and different backgrounds such as movie, theatre and visual arts, had participated in this programme. The artworks created for the local community during their residency at Wing Lee Street including writing, paintings, videos, photography and multimedia works were showcased in the "Artist Home Base Finale Exhibition 2012-2014".

 Artist Home Base