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Design and art proposals invited for Hong Kong House at Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018
     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) is calling on architects and artists to submit proposals for the Hong Kong House at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018. The Hong Kong House will be co-presented by the LCSD and the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale and located at Echigo-Tsumari, Japan. It will be a small art hub of Hong Kong with an aim of connecting the people and cultures of both places through art.

     The open call has two categories, namely "Hong Kong House Architectural Design Proposal" and "Artwork Proposal". The former should include a design of a three-floor traditional Japanese house as the Hong Kong House, in which Hong Kong artists would stay and hold workshops. Japanese specialists would handle the construction part and build the house based on the finalised architectural design proposal. The theme of the latter proposal should be based on the unique history, culture and abundant natural resources of Echigo-Tsumari. The proposed artworks should be new and original works by the participants and should be technically feasible at the site and locations. The commissioning fee for the architect is HK$100,000, covering the design concept fee and the cost of construction drawings, while a sum not exceeding HK$400,000 will be granted for each commissioned artist, covering the cost of artwork production and related expenses.

     Participants have to submit a proposal before 8pm on August 11 (Friday). All proposals must be delivered to the Public Art Unit of the Art Promotion Office (APO) of the LCSD (Oi!, 12 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong) by post or by hand. The selection panel will select one architectural work and three artworks in September.

     The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is the largest international outdoor art festival in the world and is held once every three years in the Echigo-Tsumari region. Using farmland as the stage and art as a catalyst, the Triennale provides a platform to present projects and initiatives which aim to reveal existing assets of the region and rebuild the relationship between humans and nature through artistic creation, appreciation and participation. Since 2000, over 700 artists from all over the world have made use of the plentiful resources from the land and the community to create more than 1 000 pieces of art. Abandoned houses and schools in Echigo-Tsumari are adaptively reused and transformed into public places to showcase artworks and creative ideas.

     The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018 will be held from July to September next year. The APO will collaborate with the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale to feature the works of Hong Kong artists in the Hong Kong House located in the town of Tsunan in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Various activities, workshops and performances will also be carried out in the Hong Kong House and its neighbourhood during that period.

     This project is organised by the APO. For details, please visit its website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/APO/en_US/web/apo/hong_kong_house_echigo_tsumari_art_triennale_2018.html, or call 2512 3018, 2512 3034 or 2512 3020.
Ends/Saturday, July 1, 2017
Issued at HKT 15:00
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