Something about Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Something about Hong Kong Arts Development Council…

Which category of arts workers are eligible to apply for participation in the Nomination Exercise?

The arts worker should be aged 18 years or above and fulfills one of the following capacities:
(i) be a current or former member, co-opted member, arts adviser or examiner of the HKADC, since its establishment on 15 April 1994
(ii) be a current or former arts adviser of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) since 1 January 2000
(iii) have been a winner or an announced finalist of the arts achievement awards of the HKADC since its establishment on 15 April 1994
(iv) have been a winner or an announced finalist of recognized local arts competitions and awards as set out in Annex
(v) have been successful in obtaining grant, financial sponsorship or venue sponsorship from the HKADC, the LCSD, the Home Affairs Bureau, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts or the Hong Kong Arts Centre for arts projects submitted in his/her name (including the participating arts workers listed in the applications for grant/sponsorship)
(vi) have obtained fees from the HKADC, the LCSD, the Home Affairs Bureau, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts or the Hong Kong Arts Centre for direct engagement in arts creation, direction, performance, exhibition, production / technical support and arts administration of arts projects
(vii) be or have been in collaboration with LCSD in holding arts exhibitions/competitions; or have participated in these exhibitions/competitions in his/her name since 1 January 2000
(viii) be a full-time or part-time teacher/instructor/tutor of subjects relating to arts administration, arts criticism, arts education, Chinese opera (Xiqu), dance, drama, film art, literary arts, music or visual arts employed by local tertiary institutions (and their schools of continuing studies), secondary schools or primary schools in Hong Kong as at 15 March 2013 (Remarks: Applicants qualified under this item should apply to be registered under the arts interest of “Arts Education”.)
(ix) be a graduate of an arts programme on one of the specified arts interests at bachelor’s degree or above levels run by local universities /tertiary institutions
(x) be an individual artist tenant of the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, the Cattle Depot Artist Village or the Hong Kong Arts Centre as at 15 March 2013.

Applicants shall complete and return Form C together with a copy of the official document(s) showing their capacities to the Nomination Agent on or before the application deadline (5 pm, 25 April 2013).

 

Based on the above new guideline, a local public affairs commentator Kay Lam made the following comment:

A basic question: Hong Kong Arts Development Council focuses on the development of arts in Hong Kong. it does not make sense for an artist, who is not a Hong Kong permanent resident or not even a ordinarily resident in Hong Kong, to be qualified to be a registered voter of the Council.
The system is faulty! Jia Xuanning participated in a competition, of which the credibility is in doubt, is qualified to decide the future Hong Kong’s arts development; but those who work very hard on contributing to Hong Kong’s arts sector, for example Adrian Chow (a song writer), is not qualified!
Allowing graduates of arts programmes to participate is a great thing, but the question remains: why isn’t someone who was majored in non-arts degree, for example Adrian Chow who holds a law degree, but active in the arts space not qualified? Why are qualifications issued by Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College, London not recognised? Jia Xuanning who only writes articles once in a while to participate in  competition is qualified to vote, whilst a full time musician is not qualified to vote. The idea is great (expanding the voter group), but the reality is the system is seriously faulty.

 

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