The LCSD manages seven major museums: the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, and the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence. Their roles are to acquire, conserve, research, exhibit and interpret Hong Kong’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

The LCSD also manages the Film Archive, the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (vA!) and Oil Street Art Space (Oi!), the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, and the Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre, along with seven smaller museums, namely the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, the Law Uk Folk Museum, the Sheung Yiu Folk Museum, the Sam Tung Uk Museum, the Hong Kong Railway Museum, and the Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery.

In 2017-18, over 6.7 million visitors patronised the LCSD’s museums. This represents a significant rise in patronage from the 4.5 million visitors recorded in the previous year, and can be attributed in particular to the introduction of the scheme offering Free Admission to Permanent Exhibitions of the five fee-paying museums under the LCSD’s charge, in August 2016. The 2017-18 year was the first to benefit from the full-year effects of this initiative, and the rise in museum visitors represents an excellent outcome which fully justifies the introduction of the scheme.

During the year, the LCSD published its Five-Year Corporate Business Plan for the public museums, covering 2017-22. This lays out the vision, mission and core values of the museums, and their plans for achieving excellence. Individual museums and offices also drew up their own Annual Plans for 2017-18.

Museum Advisory Committee


Established in October 2016, the Museum Advisory Committee, supported by three standing sub-committees on art, history and science, comprises professionals, academics, museum experts, collectors, art promoters, entrepreneurs, marketing and public relations experts, and community leaders, who advise the LCSD on issues such as museum image-building and branding, strategies for business development, and measures for enhancing operational efficiency.

Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee

The Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee monitors and advises on Hong Kong’s ICH. The committee, which comprises local academics, experts and prominent community figures, commenced its fifth term on January 1, 2017, with an expanded membership incorporating a wider range of experts. Its terms of reference cover the safeguarding of our ICH through research, promotion, enhancement, transmission and revitalisation.

Muse Fest HK 2017


Stepping into its third year, Muse Fest HK was presented in the summer of 2017 under the theme ‘Rippling’, capturing the ripple effect of museums in transmitting knowledge and the synergies they create through collaboration. Seventeen non-LCSD museums and cultural institutes in Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macao were invited to join the festival as museum partners or supporting organisations. More than 90 programmes were offered.

One highlight was the Museum Hopping Tour, which provided visitors with free ‘hop on, hop off’ shuttle bus services enabling them easily to access different museums during the festival period. Other events included a mini concert held at Wong Uk, a Film Crossover Series featuring films and post-screening talks by museum curators and guest speakers, and a Travelling with Curators Talk Series.

Museum Volunteer Scheme


Established in June 2017, the new 880-member museum volunteer team kicked off by providing services at Muse Fest HK 2017, going on to offer various support in areas such as visitor services, outreach programmes, education activities and conservation to the LCSD museums and offices. In 2017, around 500 volunteers participated in around 60 different volunteer programmes, contributing a total of 16 000 service hours. The Museum Volunteer Scheme was awarded the Gold Award for Volunteer Service (Organisation) and the Award of 10 000 Hours for Volunteer Service by the Volunteer Movement of the Social Welfare Department. In 2018, different kinds of training were provided to members of the volunteer team, for example foreign languages, communication skills, photography and magic techniques.

Museum Trainee Scheme


The Museum Trainee Scheme aims to develop a new generation of museum professionals for Hong Kong. Trainees are attached to the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Film Archive, the Art Promotion Office and the Conservation Office, where they receive two-year on-the-job training in museum management or conservation services. There were nine trainee placements in 2017-18.

Co-operation with The Palace Museum


In December 2017, the museum signed a Letter of Intent on Cultural Exchange and Co-operation with The Palace Museum which will strengthen co-operation and communication between the two museums. Under a five-year plan, the two institutions will continue to stage annual thematic exhibitions in Hong Kong featuring artefacts from The Palace Museum. In addition, a new series of educational programmes entitled Traversing the Forbidden City will be rolled out; this will feature an array of activities introducing ancient imperial architecture, collections, historic relics and stories of the Forbidden City from many different angles.

Hong Kong Museum of Art


The main site of the Hong Kong Museum of Art in Tsim Sha Tsui remained under renovation during the year. An exhibition titled Growing City • Growing Home was held in the adjacent Salisbury Garden from December 2017. To promote its collections overseas, the museum launched an exhibition Living with Bamboo: Museum of Art is Here at the National Library of Singapore in October 2017. The museum also joined forces with the National Art Museum of China and the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to co-organise the exhibition In Search of Zen – The Art of Lui Shou-Kwan in Beijing, which displayed 51 ink paintings by the pioneer ink master Lui Shou-kwan from the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Art Museum of CUHK.

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR, the museum and The Palace Museum co-organised the exhibition Hall of Mental Cultivation of The Palace Museum: Imperial Residence of Eight Emperors. Taking place at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from June to October 2017, the exhibition featured over 200 representative artefacts from the Hall of Mental Cultivation (Yangxin Dian), the home of the Qing emperors and the political centre of the Qing dynasty. Using a multi-media display based on the hall’s original appearance, the show revealed the political, historical and cultural importance of the hall during the Qing dynasty. The museum also ran the project City Dress Up: Blossoming Stairs from March to December 2017, which saw 20 staircases in different locations decorated with images of flowers from the museum’s collections. The decorations were changed according to the seasons to keep the exhibition afresh. In connection with the project, the museum also collaborated with the Make a Difference Institute and the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong to run educational programmes, artist workshops, and tours for the disabled. In summer 2017, the museum and Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art co-organised the programme Summer Art Cadets 2017 – Graffi-Teen Stairs for primary and secondary school students, in partnership with Youth Outreach – School of Hip Hop. In a two-week intensive workshop supplemented with museum visits, participants explored graffiti and animation art as alternative art forms and non-verbal expression. Graffiti and animation works created by participants were also displayed on the staircases of the City Dress Up: Blossoming Stairs project.

The Jockey Club ‘Museum of Art on Wheels’ Outreach Learning Programme (Phase III), continued to tour schools and community venues during the year. Equipped with interactive games as well as a wide range of artist workshops, this mobile art museum promotes art appreciation with reference to the museum’s collections. The pilot scheme of this programme gained recognition in the Civil Service Outstanding Service Award Scheme 2017, winning a Silver Prize of Team Award (General Public Service). Since its launch in 2015, the mobile museum has visited over 200 schools and served more than 110 000 students and other members of the public. Meanwhile, the outreach programme In Touch with Hong Kong Artists – A School-based Art Learning Pilot Programme entered a new phase as it continued to introduce the achievements of Hong Kong artists. The programme is now making new comprehensive teaching kits incorporating artist demonstration videos available for loan to schools, as well as upgrading the existing artist teaching kits.

The museum continued its collaboration with the Hong Kong Art History Research Society during the year, launching the project A Survey of Western Media Art in Pre-1960s Hong Kong (Phase II). It also enhanced the Hong Kong Art Research Portal by adding hyperlinks to research resources available from other museums, academic institutions and research organisations. Valuable documents donated by individual artists were also digitalised and uploaded to the portal.

The museum is expected to re-open in late-2019.

Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware


The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is a branch of the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Its collection features tea ware and related artefacts from the collection of the late Dr K. S. Lo, as well as rare Chinese ceramics and seals donated by the K. S. Lo Foundation. In December 2017, the museum put out a call for entries to the Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters Competition, the 11th time this competition has been held since 1986. Judging took place in June 2018 and a related exhibition will be held in December 2018.

A new exhibition surveying the history of the Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters competitions and showcasing the creativity of Hong Kong potters was staged at Gate 36 of the Hong Kong International Airport from December 2017 onwards. Titled From Clay to Teapot: Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters 1986-2016, the exhibition reviewed achievements in Hong Kong ceramic art over the past three decades. The museum, which also organised many activities to introduce visitors to tea ware and the art of tea drinking, attracted around 207 000 visitors during the year.

Hong Kong Museum of History


The Hong Kong Museum of History aims to broaden visitors’ horizons through its explorations of human history and the unique stories of Hong Kong. In addition to its permanent exhibition The Hong Kong Story, the museum regularly presents various special exhibitions on its own and in conjunction with other museums and cultural organisations from Hong Kong, the Mainland, and overseas.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR, the museum organised a special exhibition titled Longevity and Virtues: Birthday Celebrations of the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowagers in collaboration with The Palace Museum. Running from July to October 2017, the exhibition presented 210 precious artefacts from The Palace Museum which illustrated Qing court rites and ceremonies relating to the birthday celebrations held for the emperors and empress dowagers, and reflected on the cultural significance of birthday celebrations in China and the traditional moral importance of showing respect for the aged.


Another special exhibition presented in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR was Miles upon Miles: World Heritage along the Silk Road, which ran from November 2017 to March 2018. The exhibition was organised with the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, in collaboration with the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, the Gansu Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Bureau of Cultural Heritage, the Luoyang Administration of Cultural Heritage, and the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. It showcased over 210 cultural relics from China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, including jadeware, textiles, sancai figurines, gold and silverware, bronze ware and large-scale murals, illustrating the historical and cultural significance of the Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor of the Silk Road. The exhibition was complemented by multi-media programmes and interactive elements.

Throughout the year, the museum also organised 716 sessions of educational and extension activities, including lecture series, workshops, seminars, field trips, film shows, competitions, theatre education, as well as family and outreach programmes.

In August 2017, the museum once again ran the Future Curator Training Course in collaboration with the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education. A total of 27 secondary school students participated, gaining a close understanding of the wide-ranging work of museum curators. Four public seminars and 48 lectures were held in collaboration with various local universities and institutions, including the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the CUHK, the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and the Centre for Hong Kong History and Culture Studies of the Chu Hai College of Higher Education.

The museum continued its collaboration with the Art with the Disabled Association on the Interactivity Scheme, which offers sign interpretation guided tours and model-making workshops for special needs groups such as people with hearing or visual impairments. Meanwhile, the Inclusive Life: Museum for All project provided special guided tours with sign interpretation and audio description, and model-making and touching workshops for those with hearing or visual impairments and those with intellectual disabilities. A total of 296 participants took part in the eight workshops run under these two schemes in 2017-18.
The museum also continued to run its Caring for the Community Scheme during the year for the elderly, new immigrants, teenagers, and ethnic minority groups, providing extension activities such as story-telling and model-making workshops in local community centres. Collaborators included local community groups and non-profit-making organisations. This community scheme benefited a total of 425 participants, who got to learn more about Hong Kong’s history and culture and their own part in it.

The Hong Kong Museum of History attracted approximately 1.49 million visitors during the year. In addition to the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of History also manages three small branch museums – the Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery in Quarry Bay Park, the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum in Sham Shui Po, and the Law Uk Folk Museum in Chai Wan. They attracted approximately 74 430, 39 620 and 17 360 visitors respectively during the year.

Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, a branch of the Hong Kong Museum of History, occupies the site of the hundred-year-old Lei Yue Mun Fort in Shau Kei Wan. Apart from its permanent exhibition, 600 Years of Coastal Defence in Hong Kong, during the year the museum presented a special exhibition Braving Untold Dangers: War Correspondents to review their role in wars and conflicts and feature stories of local journalists who have covered hostilities in various regions, helping visitors understand the cruelty and brutality of war, and the damage it has brought to families, communities and nations.

The museum also organised a rich variety of public and special programmes, including workshops, public lectures and film shows to complement the permanent and special exhibitions. In addition, a Fun Day held on July 9, 2017 delivered interesting activities such as photo-taking, balloon twisting, badge-making, a music concert, as well as interactive drama performed in the Redoubt Courtyard and along the Historical Trail.

The museum attracted approximately 153 820 visitors during the year.

Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum


The Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, housed in Kom Tong Hall, has two permanent exhibitions covering Dr Sun’s life and his connections with Hong Kong. During the year, a special exhibition was organised titled A Matter of Record: Dr Sun Yat-sen in the Historical Archives.

In addition to general public programmes such as lectures, workshops, film shows and field visits, a Fun Day was organised on November 11, 2017, the birthday of Dr Sun Yat-sen. The Fun Day included quick sketches, cosplay activities, and guided tours along the Dr Sun Yat-sen Historical Trail. During the year the museum also launched a docent training programme.

This museum attracted approximately 92 070 visitors during the year.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum


During the year, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum joined hands with Le French May and the Louvre Museum to present the exhibition Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years, which ran from April to July 2017. This exhibition, in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR, featured around 135 exhibits from the collections of the Louvre, showcasing the profound architectural, functional and museographical changes that have taken place at the Louvre over the past 800 years.

In collaboration with the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole of the HKU, the museum organised the exhibition Splendours of Dunhuang: Jao Tsung-i’s Selected Academic and Art Works Inspired by Dunhuang Culture from May to September 2017. The exhibition featured publications, paintings and calligraphy by Professor Jao on Dunhuang art and culture, giving visitors a glimpse of Professor Jao’s enormous contributions to Dunhuang studies and of Dunhuang’s unique position in the history of cultural exchange between East and West.

The museum also organised an exhibition on Pixar animations with Pixar Animation Studios from November 2017 to March 2018. This included a fine selection of artworks from Pixar films, and in particular from titles created in the last five years such as Monsters University, Brave, Inside Out, and The Good Dinosaur, used to explain the storytelling and animation techniques used by Pixar. The exhibition also introduced how Pixar productions connect with audiences of different social and cultural backgrounds around the world through the universal themes of friendship and family.

In collaboration with the Hong Kong Designers Association, the museum presented the sixth edition of the Hong Kong International Poster Triennial from November 2017 to April 2018. This year, the event attracted 2 052 entries from 42 countries and regions, of which almost 200 entries were shortlisted and exhibited at the museum. The triennial not only accords recognition to outstanding works, but has also promoted the development of the design industry over the years.

The museum’s Chao Shao-an Gallery presented a Porcelain and Painting exhibition from February 2018 that highlighted the close friendship between Chao Shao-an and Yang Shanshen, two masters of the Lingnan School of painting. This exhibition included several of their joint works on paper and porcelain selected both from the museum’s collections and from private collections.

The museum continued to work with the EDB, the CUHK, the HKBU and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council for a five-month project titled Arts Buddies 2017. The project delivered a series of training programmes to secondary and tertiary students that boosted their knowledge of art and their skills in promoting the arts. The museum also worked with the EDB to organise programmes in the areas of Life-wide Learning and Other Learning Experiences. These programmes provided teachers and students with educational experiences outside the classroom, helping them gain a better understanding of history, culture and the art.

The museum attracted over 1.14 million visitors during the year. The museum also manages two branch museums: the Hong Kong Railway Museum and the Sheung Yiu Folk Museum. These branch museums attracted approximately 295 480 and 39 040 visitors respectively.

Hong Kong Science Museum


The Hong Kong Science Museum provides visitors with fun hands-on learning scientific experiences, designed to spark curiosity and inspire an interest in science.

In April 2017, the museum opened a new permanent Children’s Gallery. The exhibits in the new gallery were developed on the basis of intensive research and in-depth consultations with educators and science professionals. Highly interactive, the exhibits are designed to deliver a unique learning experience for children, encouraging them to exert their imagination and also exercise their social skills.

Alongside the new Children’s Gallery, the museum hosted a temporary exhibition titled Miffy and the Ocean from April to December 2017. This comprised a group of interactive exhibits and video programmes that taught children about sea creatures and raised their awareness of the crisis affecting our oceans.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series exhibition Eternal Life – Exploring Ancient Egypt merged history, culture, and science in its presentation of six Egyptian mummies of between 1 800 and 3 000 years old together with around 200 precious artefacts from ancient Egypt. Advanced Computerised Tomography scanning technology was used to help visitors appreciate ancient Egyptian culture from a new perspective, while a multi-media programme and interactive exhibits designed and developed by the museum further enhanced the exhibition experience. The exhibition received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public and attracted a record-breaking attendance of more than 850 000 visitors during the exhibition period, from June to October 2017.

The exhibition Wonder Materials – Graphene and Beyond, held from December 2017 to April 2018, introduced the super lightweight, highly conductive and ultra-strong material called graphene. Featuring over 100 interesting objects and interactive exhibits, the exhibition showed the potential of this cutting-edge material to revolutionalise 21st-century technologies.

From March to September 2018, the exhibition SOPHIE – IVE’s Solar Cars Driving the Future included a display of the solar car SOPHIE IV, which has been locally developed by a group of teachers and students from the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE). Through video programmes, interactive exhibits and a display of physical car parts, the exhibition provided a comprehensive overview of how different technologies are being applied in solar cars and car body design.

The museum’s annual Young Scientists Study Tour took 20 secondary students and three teachers on a visit to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and other research institutes in the USA, during which they got to observe a total solar eclipse. At the museum’s Meet the Shaw Laureates 2017 public forum, winners of the Shaw Prize spoke of their work and of the challenges and pleasures of doing science. The museum co-operated with 91 scientific and government bodies to present HK SciFest 2018, which offered over 160 programmes. The Croucher Science Week brought leading science communicators from New Zealand, Australia and the UK to engage with students, teachers and the general public in a series of performances, workshops, and interactive lectures.

During the year, around 2.02 million people visited the exhibitions and took part in the museum’s education and extension activities.

Hong Kong Space Museum


The Hong Kong Space Museum promotes astronomy through exhibitions, planetarium shows and extension activities. Its Stanley Ho Space Theatre presents regular Omnimax Shows, 3D Dome Shows and Sky Shows, while regular temporary exhibitions introduce the latest developments in astronomy and space science.

To draw attention to major astronomical events due to take place in 2018, a special exhibition in the museum lobby introduced key forthcoming events such as total lunar eclipses, the perihelic opposition of Mars, and various meteor showers.

In 2017, the museum’s Young Astronaut Training Camp project selected 30 secondary students from 141 nominees to join a visit to the astronaut training centre in Beijing and aerospace facilities in Jiuquan in July and August. The camp was jointly organised by the museum and the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, the China Astronaut Research and Training Center, and the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

The annual Stargaze Camp for All and the Blind was held on November 11, 2017 at the Ma Tso Lung Campsite in Sheung Shui, attracting more than 2 000 participants. The camp included booth activities and observation programmes that gave participants plenty of stargazing opportunities. Special activities were arranged for people with visual, hearing and physical impairments, and for members of underprivileged and ethnic minority groups.

In collaboration with eight partners, the museum organised a public observation activity for the total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018 at several locations, with activities taking place at the Central and Western District Promenade (Central Section), the Kowloon Park Piazza and Sha Tin Park Main Plaza. About 1 600 people participated in this event.

The museum’s stargazing mobile app, Star Hoppers, continued to prove popular during the year: it has now been downloaded around 179 000 times since its launch in 2014. Targeting all interested in stargazing, the app includes Chinese and Western star charts, audio recordings of the stories of the constellations, and information about astronomical events and related activities.

During the year, the museum put on two Sky Shows, two 3D Dome Shows, two Omnimax Shows and four School Shows. The Stanley Ho Space Theatre programmes attracted around 432 400 visitors. Meanwhile, some 27 000 people participated in over 425 extension activity sessions.

Art Promotion Office (APO)


In co-operation with different partners, the APO organised a series of community and public art projects in 2017-18 designed to enrich Hong Kong’s cultural life and encourage public appreciation of art.

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR, the APO launched a three-year project titled City Dress Up: Seats • Together in July 2017. The aim of this project was to reinvigorate the cityscape, and particularly the public spaces under the management of the LCSD. Assisted by four guest curatorial teams, 20 teams of local artists, designers and architects created 20 sets of public artworks in the form of outdoor furniture that is both aesthetically appealing and highly functional. The artworks were specifically made to echo with the local environment and the characteristics of the locations in the 18 districts. This art furniture was installed in the open spaces of 20 LCSD venues such as parks, waterfronts, leisure areas and playgrounds. A series of district-based fringe activities were also organised to encourage local residents to appreciate and use the furniture.

The Public Art Scheme 2015 commissioned work from four local artists and art groups. Three of their artworks have now been installed and are currently on display in the Tiu Keng Leng Public Library, the Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library and the Lam Tin Complex.

The APO has also organised the Public Art Scheme of Tsun Yip Street Playground. Seven public artworks with different industrial themes have been commissioned for installation in the renovated Tsun Yip Street Playground in 2018.

Running from January to July 2017, the Hi! Houses art project rethought the use of space in old houses. The project selected four historic sites in Hong Kong – the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, the Old House at Wong Uk Village, the Law Uk Folk Museum and the Sam Tung Uk Museum – and commissioned four local artists (Wilson Shieh, Lam Tung-pang, Fiona Wong, and Jaffa Lam) and their teams to create site-specific artworks for each site.

The #ArtTravellers Exhibition Series I: Decoding Exotic Lands ran from February to August 2017 in the Trade and Industry Tower, the first government building with space dedicated to the display of art. The exhibition presented artworks by two female artists, Eastman Cheng and Ivy Ma, each exploring our perceptions of exotic landscapes.

In September 2017 there followed the #ArtTravellers Exhibition Series II: Revisiting Memory Lane, in the same location. This exhibition featured work by two artists, Hanison Lau and Dick Chan, exploring culture and memory.

Partnered and inspired by the mega event Fête Des Lumières De Lyon (France), Hong Kong’s first-ever light festival, Lumieres Hong Kong, was held from November 23 to 25, 2017. Co-presented by the LCSD and the Association Culturelle France Hong Kong, Lumieres Hong Kong featured three nights of light installations, video projections, art exhibitions and performances, delivering an amazing light experience for public viewers at 16 locations on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon.

In March 2018, the Hi! Hill public art project was launched with the aim of reawakening memories of an old village school. Thirteen artists and artist groups took inspiration from past and present images of Chuen Lung village, and drawing on unique features of this Hakka community and local memories of the school, worked together with the village community to install site-specific works of art at the old school and elsewhere around the village. The artists, who included Leung Chi-wo, Kacey Wong, Ray Chan See-kwong, Monti Lai Wai-yi and Rainbow Leung, strove through this project to give the visitors a better understanding of local village culture and history.

Recognising the increasing use of Augmented Reality (AR) technology in new media art, the APO joined hands with the School of Humanities and Social Science of the Hang Seng Management College (HSMC) to launch an Augmented Reality Public Art Initiative in March 2018. Eight local and overseas artists were invited to reimagine a virtual spatial experience at locations around the HSMC campus and other sites, and explore the potential of applying AR technology in public spaces. The resulting artworks could be viewed virtually by the general public using mobile devices and designated applications.

Oil Street Art Space (Oi!)


Oi! is an open platform where young local artists can exchange ideas. It aims to promote art at the community level, and to encourage collaboration and co-creation in art.

In 2017-18 Oi! organised the annual project ‘back to the basics’, running from March to June 2018. The series included three exhibition projects: back to the basics – Kwan Sheung Chi: Travel in the Universe, back to the basics – Daniel Knorr: Artist Book, and back to the basics – Image Bite, all of which explored art in everyday life. Travel in the Universe told an adventure story of Hong Kong people through a video film and art installation, Artists Book saw Knorr make his 12th artist book as part of his world art project tour, while Image Bite turned eight eateries in North Point into community cinemas showcasing a series of video artworks.

Oi! also organised a number of community engagement projects with different communities and artists. The ‘PLAY to CHANGE’ art project, co-organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and supported by Hong Kong Architecture Centre, won Japan's Good Design Award 2017, which chooses and highlights outstanding designs from around the world. Local architects expressed their ideas of ‘changes’ on city development, city architecture and other living issues through exhibiting their creative artworks. Other projects included XCHANGE: Social Gastronomy with designers, Stratagems in Architecture – ‘The 15th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition’ Hong Kong Response Exhibition with the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation, Travelling Bookshelf with Movana Chen, CUT & SEA with Tobias Klein, and Time Attendant with Yim Sui-fong.

No Neverland, the final exhibition of the 6th Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme, was staged at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre from May to July 2017 to allow audiences to discover local history and reflect on the way to construct a more open and participatory city. Four exhibitions in the Sparkle! series were held in 2017-18 that brought together creative curatorial thinking from across different media and disciplines. Temperature of Communication explored the influence of new digital communication methods on the shaping of personal identity; When Will I See You Again employed time-based media to encourage audiences to contemplate how stories are narrated; Room for a Book presented Hong Kong literature using artistic visualisation and other interdisciplinary methods; and Neo Travel: Creative and Cultural Docent@Community examined the cultural mission inherent in the design and execution of docent tours.

Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (vA!)


Managed by the APO, vA! is an open art space that has specialist studio spaces and facilities for art learning, research and exchange. Recently, vA! established a special focus on new media art which has included, among other initiatives, an experiential journey of arts titled Secret Garden created by Kingsley Ng and his creative team, and 18 Scenes in a Cage performed by GayBird, a one-of-a-kind, site-specific art experience involving lights, images and sound. Both were held in March 2018, and won acclaim from international guests and local audiences. Other programmes organised by vA! include #You #Me #OurSELFIES, the Art Specialist Course 2017-18, and medialogue, along with regular art education programmes.

Intangible Cultural Heritage Office (ICHO)


The ICHO is responsible for helping to safeguard local ICH items, and does this through extensive ICH identification, documentation, research, preservation, promotion and transmission work. In August 2017, the Government announced the first Representative List of ICH, comprising 20 items*. This Representative List gives the Government a basis for better prioritising ICH resources to ensure that it safeguards ICH items of high cultural value and that require urgent preservation.

In February 2018, a new exhibition entitled The Oral Legacies Series II: The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong was launched at the Hong Kong ICH Centre in the Sam Tung Uk Museum. The exhibition features the 20 items inscribed on the Representative List, and is supplemented by regular talks, workshops, demonstrations, performances and fun days. The ICHO also organised outreach exhibitions and programmes to enhance public awareness and understanding of ICH right across Hong Kong. The ICH Centre attracted over 101 000 visitors during the year.

*The 10 local ICH items inscribed on the national list of ICH have been automatically included in the Representative List. These are Cantonese opera, herbal tea, the Cheung Chau Jiao Festival, the Tai O dragon boat water parade, the Yu Lan Ghost Festival of the Hong Kong Chiu Chow community, the Mid-Autumn Festival - the Tai Hang fire dragon dance, the arts of the guqin (the craft of qin making), Quanzhen temples Taoist ritual music, the Hakka unicorn dance in Hang Hau in Sai Kung, and Wong Tai Sin belief and customs. Cantonese opera has been a world ICH item since 2009. The other 10 items that have been inscribed on the Representative List are nanyin (southern tunes), spring and autumn ancestral worship of clans, the Tin Hau Festival in Hong Kong, the Mid-Autumn Festival - the Pok Fu Lam fire dragon dance, the Taoist ritual tradition of the Zhengyi school, the sek pun (basin feast), Hong Kong-style milk tea making technique, paper crafting technique, the sewing techniques of Hong Kong-style cheongsam and kwan kwa wedding costume, and bamboo theatre building technique.