Artists' village head sought to help nurture local talent

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 June, 2007, 12:00am

The Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre operations manager must have supervisory experience

The Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre is looking for a head of operations to serve as a senior member of the management team.

A self-starter with a passion for arts would be perfect in this inaugural management role involving heavy interaction with the arts community.

In response to the public's desire for more promotion of arts and culture, an art mall and artists' village is scheduled to open in the first quarter of next year at the old Shek Kip Mei factory estate.

It will provide studio space to nurture local talent.

The first of its kind in Hong Kong, the arts centre has been jointly launched by Baptist University, the Arts Development Council and the Arts Centre.

Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with at least six years of supervisory experience in administration, estate management, customer service, personnel management, office administration and committee work. Experience in arts administration and company secretarial work are definite advantages.

'We are looking for someone who shares our vision, has an aptitude and passion for arts, and is ready to walk an extra mile to help us make the centre a success,' said Eddie Lui Fung-ngar, planning director of the centre.

Reporting to the executive director and backed by a small team, the appointee will oversee overall operations and administration of the centre.

'The incumbent will play a pivotal role in ensuring that the centre is run in an effective and cost-efficient manner, and that quality services are provided to tenants and visitors alike,' Mr Lui said.

A potential challenge may be having to face the different needs and expectations from the 120-plus tenants in the centre who represent an array of cultures and art disciplines with different ideas about how the organisation and its services should be managed.

A person with an outgoing personality who can strike a balance with these demands is encouraged to apply. The incoming head will also be assigned a mentor on arts administration and business management, aiding his or her future promotion.

'In addition, with the West Kowloon cultural project looming, the person will have good potential for further career advancement,' Mr Lui said.

'We are excited about the centre, which will not only become a home for local artists and art groups to pursue their creative practice, but also a stronghold for enhancing the development of an art market and relevant business opportunities for the community.'

The organisation, which will be self-financing, received a generous donation from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and hopes to get support from the Home Affairs Bureau to aid its start-up.