The West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) is Hong Kong’s largest and most ambitious investment in the arts, with a series of venues over a 40 hectare area at the city’s waterfront. It will eventually be one of the world’s largest cultural quarters blending art, education and open space. It is important that artists have a presence in a district which is shaped by creativity. Therefore, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) is running a pilot project to test the concept of an Artist Hostel or Residence, giving artists a place to live and work alongside the visitors to and businesses of the district.
The Artist Hostel/Residence will accommodate artists alongside regular patrons next to the Lyric Theatre Complex and Artist Square. It will serve as a showcase and incubator for artists, with workshops and creation and performing spaces for events and performances. Artists will be invited to stay at a discounted rate for defined periods. In return, they will offer a series of interventions including performances, participation in art tours and workshops, as well as hosting salons. In some cases, artists may be sponsored to create site specific or new works of art. The Artist Hostel/Residence will be developed through public-private partnerships with a view to complete in 2023.
By providing space for artists in residence to connect with the local community, WKCDA hopes to add character to WKCD and create a unique opportunity for artists and their audience to meet and interact.