A visual arts academy should be set up and more arts classes offered in primary and secondary schools to nurture talented youngsters, the Culture and Heritage Commission suggests. In its consultation paper released yesterday, the commission says an academy would be crucial to the 'comprehensive and 'coherent' development of visual arts training. While calling for prompt follow-up action on the issue, the commission also urges the government to conduct a comprehensive review on the provision of arts training at the tertiary level. It encourages universities to take greater account of students' artistic achievements in their admission process. It also suggests providing a comprehensive curriculum in culture and the arts in primary and secondary schools. To achieve this, the curriculum could be broadened to include disciplines other than music and art, such as dance, drama and multi-media art, it says. 'The government should encourage the development of more comprehensive recognition systems to cover a wide variety of arts disciplines at different levels as well as supporting other recognition activities of a non-assessment nature such as inter-school competitions,' it says. It also notes the shortage of trained arts teachers in primary schools. To address the issue, it suggests the government devote more resources to training arts teachers through the Education Department, tertiary institutions and cultural organisations. Commission chairman Professor Chang Hsin-kang said he hoped more resources could be spent on developing museums and libraries as most had been used for developing performing arts in the past. The commission also proposes setting up a 'flagship' museum in West Kowloon to showcase the cultural characteristics of Hong Kong.