At its heart, West Kowloon’s artistic strategy is to create good works for our future venues, works that have a longer lifespan in order to reach larger audiences. These works will need a more rigorous creation pathway over a longer gestation period.

To this end, we are committed to providing more artists from Hong Kong and the region with access to a range of professional workshops, research and development programmes, collaboration opportunities and discourse that help to clarify their artistic practice and strengthen the pathways to making good work. In the past three years, we have developed a number of initiatives such as the New Works Forum, the International Workshop Festival of Theatre and various seminars that have benefitted many artists and their practice. Such programmes have also helped build strong relationships with international artists and artistic institutions.

From this year, these initiatives will be rebranded under a district-wide platform that encompasses artist capacity building programs, works development, artist residencies, and artist led research and development called Creation. Creation is a workshop, a place to create, to make your brain think. A place where you put things together and where you gather people to create with you. Creation will also exist in multiples, across the different artistic disciplines and at our range of venues as Creation for Freespace, Creation for Lyric Theatre Complex and Creation for Xiqu Centre.

The first series of Creation for Freespace will be about Scenography. The practice of Scenography in theatre making has evolved over the years, and especially within the contemporary theatre scene. Scenography of course is more than just set design alone. It is also more than the sum of the set, props, costumes and lighting. It is a practice that is akin to the manipulation of space and time. The scenographer as such, is like a magician who determines what the audience is allowed to see and how they see.

We have invited acclaimed Hong Kong theatre director Edward Lam to curate this series on Scenography over a three-year cycle. Each cycle will feature a prominent artist at the top of their field in the practice of manipulating space and time.  

In this year, a series of events on the world of Jan Versweyveld will be held from June to September. He will be in Hong Kong to share about his practice in September. See you soon at this nexus of space and time!

Low Kee Hong
Head of Theatre, Performing Arts
West Kowloon