Market versus Non-Market: The Making of an Artist Village in Hong Kong

By Simon S. H. Tu.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper presents an ethnographic study of an artist's community in Hong Kong. I conduct participant observation in a recently set-up space for artists of different ages and various domains – The Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC), located at a vacant industrial building at Shek Kip Mei, which is jointly launched by a local university and two art-related statutory bodies. The study outlines different agendas from its subjects – individual artists, social groups, the government and managing parties, and the larger socio-cultural context of Post-1997 Hong Kong. I further analyze JCCAC as an establishment parallel to an art-as-market discourse and the cry for heritage conservation in the contemporary Hong Kong society, and illustrates how different agendas from actors involved lead into a Market vs. Non-Market dichotomy, and why is it so in the social, economical, and political context.

Keywords: Artist Community, Art Space, Market, Governmental Policy, Hong Kong, Anthropology

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.161-172. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.189MB).

Simon S. H. Tu

MA Graduate, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Simon Tu obtained a bachelor’s degree in Design (Culture and Theory) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is interested in how art is shaping and shaped by culture and society, and attempts to observe by applying anthropological tools. He has recently graduated from the MA in Anthropology programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His monthly writings on classical music recordings are published by a magazine in Hong Kong.


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