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Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre
 

The Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) is an arts project spearheaded by the University for the community, with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Hong Kong Arts Centre as its strategic partners. Located in the former Shek Kip Mei government factory estate, the artist village, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, commenced operation in March 2008. The Centre aspires to become a hub of arts and culture in Hong Kong, and has the missions of providing studio space for local artists and art groups, nurturing creative arts talents, and promoting arts and culture in Hong Kong.

 
 

The University received a funding support of $94.4 million from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (HKJCCT) for the renovation works of the decommissioned factory building. The Centre is managed by an HKBU subsidiary company with charitable status, Hong Kong Creative Arts Centre Limited, and operates on a self-financing basis. Home to some 120 artists and art groups of diverse art forms ranging from fine arts, applied arts, media arts to performing arts, the Centre also has supporting facilities such as the Black Box Theatre, two exhibition galleries, and the Central Courtyard for organising programmes and activities. A small percentage of the rental space, mainly on the entrance level of the building, is reserved for commercial outlets such as cafeteria and a Chinese tea house.

The Centre opens seven days a week to the public, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and closes only on Chinese New Year holidays.

 
 

GAO has been involved in the project since its early days, which includes preparation of submissions to the Government and the HKJCCT, participation in the initial stage of planning and implementation of the project through servicing as the secretariat of the project’s steering committee and later in the governing board of the Centre, and providing assistance to the recruitment of the first batch of the Centre’s staff and artist/art group tenants. The Director of General Administration serves on the governing board as one of its directors, attends the regular management committee meetings as an observer, and assists the Vice-President (Administration) and Secretary in liaising with government departments and other organisations on related matters.

 

 

 

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