If there’s only one place in Hong Kong for the lover of all things art, then it’s got to be the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre. Commonly known as the JCCAC, the multi-disciplinary arts village was once a factory estate. It was successfully converted to what it is today in 2008 and now welcomes the public daily at no entry fee whatsoever.
My first experience at the JCCAC was to attend the JCCAC Handicraft Fair, arguably the most well-known event that the arts village holds, quarterly. In fact, all my visits had been during the fair. For this blog post, I decided to visit on a quiet Saturday when things were a bit slower, enabling me to truly explore the architecture of the place without crowds milling about.
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At the JCCAC, exhibitions and workshops are held by individual artists almost every day, ensuring no dull moment. Get in touch with your inner Van Gogh at a painting class, bring home a souvenir after a pottery lesson, or get involved in a philosophical debate at an open lecture. The great thing about the JCCAC is that its timetable is never empty.
Awarded the ‘Medal of the Year of Hong Kong’ in HKIA Annual Awards 2008 for its conversion from a factory building, the JCCAC stands at nine storeys with 390 units. The structure retains most of its architectural features from before its reconstruction and is a nostalgic reminiscence of the past. Today, the JCCAC houses studios for those pursuing their creative work.
The artists that take residence at the JCCAC explore a wide range of art forms, making the place truly an arts village. A quick wander around the multiple floors of studios will unearth painting, ceramics, sculpture and more. Apart from the visual arts, expect to find performing arts too, such as music and drama. Anything you can think of will be at the JCCAC.
While there are many things to see in the foreground, for me, the negative spaces of the JCCAC are really what’s beautiful. Unrented storefronts, empty gallery spaces, the alluring cracks of the wall corners… when I say there’s something for everyone, there’s truly something for everyone.
The JCCAC never runs dry of activities, so whether you prefer to visit when it’s empty on a weekday or when it’s packed during the JCCAC Handicraft Fair, it’s always a great addition to your itinerary. With so much to do at the artist hub, you’ll never be bored again. So what are you waiting for? Lace up your shoes and get exploring!
Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, JCCAC
30 Pak Tin St, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
+852 2353 1311
Other great architectural buildings you must see:
- Jockey Club Innovation Tower
- Long Museum West Bund
- Police Married Quarters, PMQ
- Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre
- Serpentine Pavilion
- The Murray
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