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Proposals sought for "Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme"
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Artists and art groups have been invited to submit proposals for an art scheme which will bring local visual arts and creativity to the community.

The scheme, "Artists in the Neighbourhood", organised by the Art Promotion Office (APO) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), aims to arouse public interest in and raise the level of appreciation of visual arts through the presentation of art exhibitions for local artists.

Launched in 2000, the scheme had selected 17 groups of visual artists and had their works presented at various cultural venues. For the third phase of the scheme, the organiser collaborates with the Hong Kong Designers Association for the first time to encourage the participation of local designers. Meanwhile, the number of winning entries will be increased to 12.

Selected exhibitions will be shown in different venues, such as Mass Transit Railway stations, shopping malls and LCSD's town halls, civic centres, theatres and libraries between 2005 and 2007. To enable audiences to experience the pleasure of creation in art, the exhibitions will be supplemented with lectures, demonstrations and workshops.

Entrants can submit an application individually, in groups or as art organisations. The selection criteria will be creativity, originality, feasibility of the proposed exhibition, artistic merit and experience as well as organisational ability of the artists in previous exhibitions. Whether the education activities proposed will enable communication between the artists and the public will also be taken into consideration.

Interested parties should send a completed application form along with slides of their works and proof of past exhibitions, such as exhibition catalogues and photographs to the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre at 7A Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong before November 29.

Application forms are now available at the Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and LCSD's city halls, town halls as well as civic centres. They can also be downloaded from the APO's website: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/apo/ .

For details, please see the related brochure or visit the APO's website. For enquiries, call the APO's Community Art Team on 3101 2712 or 3101 2713.

Ends/Tuesday, August 31, 2004
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