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Arts Support

With the aim of promoting arts development and creating an environment conducive to the diversity of the arts, the HKADC has established a number of grant schemes to support the activities of local arts practitioners and arts groups. With the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District, the HKADC has also actively sought to support, in various forms, the nurturing of talent and the development of different arts and cultural software.

Grant Schemes

One-Year / Two-Year / Three-Year Grant
Subsidising administrative costs and other expenses, the grant offers strategic support contributing to the professional development of local small-to-medium-sized arts groups.
Literary Arts Platform Scheme
The Scheme supports outstanding arts organisations in developing literary platforms and the publication of literary magazines. In nurturing the arts organisations’ growth towards professional excellence, the Scheme helps groom talents and arts administrators in the publishing field and expand the readership of literary arts.
Project Grant
To support arts groups and practitioners who undertake various arts projects including performances, exhibitions, publications, arts education, artistic creation, arts criticism and archiving. Two special funding programmes have been established under the grant: (1) “Grant for Emerging Artists” which supports young artists; (2) “Grant for Cultural Exchange”, which encourages local industry to showcase their artistic achievements abroad and expand their horizons.

Nurturing Talent

To foster the nurturing of local arts talent, the HKADC offers a multitude of programmes for providing opportunities for trainings, competitions, observations, internships and overseas exchanges. They include:

Grant for Emerging Artists
Strictly for first-time applicants, the grant is designed especially for young emerging artists. It opens up opportunities for them to launch performances and works, and encourages them to gain practical experiences by actively involving in artistic creations.
Internship Schemes
The HKADC implements the Artistic Internship Scheme in the disciplines of dance, drama, music and xiqu, to support the professional development of talented emerging artists through internships in established arts groups. It also launches the Arts Administration Internship Scheme which provides aspiring arts administrators/curators the opportunities to work and train in professional arts organisations. Industry response to the Schemes has been favourable.
Xiqu Playwright Mentoring and New Play Performance Project
The project is designed to identify and develop young playwrights with potentials. The selected playwrights will have the chance to learn under the guidance of veteran xiqu playwrights/ performers. In addition, the project provides funding support for local professional theatre groups to perform new plays written by budding playwrights.
Fresh Wave
The Fresh Wave Short Film Competition, launched in 2005, aims to identify and nurture talented young filmmakers by offering them a platform to make and screen films and interact with their counterparts. Fresh Wave is now reformed as Fresh Wave Film Festival Limited and operates as a charitable and independent organisation.
Hong Kong Scholarship on the Clore Leadership Programme
Launched in 2009, the Hong Kong Scholarship on the UK Clore Leadership Programme is co-organised by the HKADC and the UK Clore Leadership Programme, with funding support from the Home Affairs Bureau. The Scholarship supports candidates with leadership potential to undertake a series of tailor-made and flexible leadership training programmes in the United Kingdom to broaden their international exposure. Successful candidates will be able to take part in a programme of intensive leadership training and secondment in the UK for a period of six months on a full-time basis. The programme encompasses two residential courses, a variety of individually selected professional training courses and workshops, together with professional development through mentoring and coaching, as well as internships in cultural institutions in the UK.
Other overseas internships/training programmes
To foster the professional growth of local arts administrators and to facilitate the long-term development of arts and culture in Hong Kong, the HKADC joins hands with different world acclaimed arts and cultural organisations to launch internship and training programmes. These include the Sage Gateshead Internships, Mori Art Museum Internship, ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival Internships, MOCA Taipei Internships etc.
For more details, please refer to our Annual Report.

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