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Artwork proposals invited for Tamar open space (with photo)

     Members of the public are invited to submit artwork proposals for installation at the open space of Tamar upon its commissioning in 2011.  

     Comprising the new Government Headquarters, the new Legislative Council Complex and an open space of about half the size of the entire site, the Government plans to incorporate artworks in the open space of this prime civic core for public enjoyment to showcase the art in Hong Kong.  

     To encourage public participation and to promote local artworks, the "Public Art Project - Tamar" is open to all persons aged 18 or above, individual or in team, who are holders of valid Hong Kong Identity Card.

     Artists will have maximum freedom to design their work and there is no specific theme for the project.  With the advice of Tamar's architect, the Government has identified a total of 10 possible locations for artists to propose their artworks (please refer to images attached).  Participants should consider the proposals of the Project with reference to the cultural, social, geographical and environmental characteristics of Tamar.  The artworks are expected to bring distinctive characters to Tamar, embellish the environment and enrich the content of the site.   Depending on the quality of the entrants, the Government expects to identify a maximum of eight pieces of artworks for installation.  If there are insufficient quality entries for the competition, we will consider inviting or commissioning suitable artists to produce artworks directly.

     All proposals will be assessed by an adjudication panel.  The Panel will be chaired by the Chief Secretary for Administration and comprising distinguished experts in the fields of art and architecture, from both local and overseas.  

     The project will involve a two-stage adjudication process.  Preliminary proposals will be short-listed at the first stage. Each short-listed proposal will be given a subsidy of $10,000 for development of detailed proposal.  With the final decision on selected proposals made by the adjudication panel in the second stage, the selected participants may be recommended to commission the Artwork.

     The commissioning fee for each chosen artwork is $1 million which covers all the direct and indirect costs incurred by the commissioned participant in the course of implementing the chosen artwork.  

     Interested parties should submit their preliminary proposals to the Art Promotion Office by 6pm, June 28, 2010.  All short-listed, selected and commissioned participants will be notified in writing.  Result of the project will also be announced on the Art Promotion Office's website (

     The Artist Brief, additional and updated information/sketches/images on the project are available from the Art Promotion Office's webpage starting from 4pm on April 23, 2010.  The Art Promotion Office will also promote the project among relevant artist organisations and schools.

     To allow potential participants to get a better understanding of the site and the project, the Government will hold an exhibition showing the drawings and model of Tamar as follows -  

April 23 to May 23, 2010 (with drawings and model)
1/F Lobby, Hong Kong Museum of Art
10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 6pm
               Saturdays 10am to 8pm
Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays)

May 26 to June 28, 2010 (with drawings only)
2/F, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre
7A Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Daily 10am - 9pm
Closed on Tuesdays

     Admission is free.

     For enquiries, please contact the Public Art Team of the Art Promotion Office by calling 3101 2738 or 3101 2731.

Ends/Thursday, April 22, 2010
Issued at HKT 19:58


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