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History of the Hong Kong Arts Centre


The “Artistic Trinity” of Hong Kong - an account of the Hong Kong Arts Centre



The birth of the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) in 1977 is epochal and closely related to the concept of “three”.
Three founders: Tao Ho, Bill Bailey and King-man Lo, stood up and voiced out for a non-government arts organisation “of the people, for the people and by the people”.
Three-in-one nature: HKAC is “a venue” for the arts, “an organisation” for arts programmes and “a platform” to foster art groups; by this pioneering model, the HKAC shapes of the Hong Kong art landscape.
Triangular structure: the unique triangular structure of the HKAC building is the full embodiment of the Bauhaus style, which combines aestheticism with practicality, incorporating theatre, recital hall, galleries, studio, office space and even food and beverage facilities within a land of 10,000 square feet.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the HKAC, the exhibition intends to recognise the historical and artistic significance of the HKAC, and to search for new insights for the future. At its mid-age, the forty-year-old HKAC has accomplished a lot, and even more to achieve for the next forty years.