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The Jockey Club CPS Limited will operate as TaiKwun Centre for Heritage and Art

[Press Release]

Open call for an art exhibition and request for retail proposals at revitalised heritage site

The Jockey Club CPS Limited will operate as Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art


The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator of the Central Police Station revitalisation project, today announced that it is inviting proposals from art groups and organisations for a Hong Kong contemporary art exhibition at its galleries in 2017.

The exhibition should occupy a floor area no less than 300 square metres and no more than 1,300 square metres and take place at the Old Bailey Galleries, an international standard art space formed by a new building designed by Herzog & de Meuron and the adjoining historic prison building, F Hall. The exhibition may include additional screenings, talks and performances that may be held at the 200-seat Arbuthnot Auditorium and open spaces in the historic compound. 

“Inclusiveness is a principle that underpins our operations and the art programmes will be based on institutional collaborations,” said Euan Upston, Director of CPS. There will be six to eight curated art exhibitions and public programmes at the compound every year that will see the collaborative participation of the art communities. 

“Participation in the Hong Kong contemporary art exhibition will be a unique opportunity to showcase Hong Kong art and breathe new life to the heritage site after revitalisation works are completed in 2016,” Mr. Upston said. 

Local and overseas art groups and organisations are welcome to submit their proposals on or before 3 January 2016. 

Meanwhile, in addition to a process to invite food and beverage operators, the Company is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for operating the retail outlets in the compound. Retail shops and food and beverage outlets are integral parts of the project to provide income to help sustain the operation of the compound and enrich visitor experience.

Detailed information about the open call for art exhibition proposals can be found on the new website of the revitalisation project: http://www.taikwun.hk/en/art/programme/. 

Information about the request for proposals for shop operators can be found on http://www.taikwun.hk/en/opportunities/tenants/. 

JCCPS to operate as Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art

“Tai Kwun (in Chinese: 大館 and meaning the Big Station) was the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former Police Headquarters and the law enforcement complex. As a reminder of the historical importance of the Central Police Station compound, we have adopted Tai Kwun as the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, a not-for-profit company set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to operate the centre for heritage and art at the revitalised compound. Our programmes, activities and even our website will be communicated under the name of Tai Kwun in future,” Mr. Upston said.

The trading name was chosen after consultations with the Company’s two voluntary working groups of experts, the Heritage Working Group and Art Working Group, as well as other stakeholders. 

More information about Tai Kwun and its adaptation as the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited can be found on the new website: http://www.taikwun.hk/en/tai-kwun/about/

Plans for other Tai Kwun art programmes, heritage programmes and education programmes are being developed and will be announced next year.

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