Local artists may get new exhibition space and a chance to attend business training courses under a plan by the American Chamber of Commerce. President Jack Maisano says he hopes to offer space at the chamber's newly renovated office in the Bank of America tower to artists desperate for venues to exhibit their work. Featured artists would have either Hong Kong or US links, he said. If the idea goes ahead, the next step would be to recruit chamber members to organise business training for artists. It will be the chamber's long-term project for local arts development. Mr Maisano said it was hoped that the artists' works could be displayed in the chamber's office and occasional parties organised for members and the featured artists to meet. 'We can get members to learn about the arts and maybe have discussions with an art professor and artists. We can also sell the works,' he said. Artist Pauline Ng Man-yu said it was a sincere plan but had concerns. 'Many companies want to promote art but I have the impression they want the works as decoration. I hope there will be more promotion for artists the chamber features,' Ms Ng said. She said training in the art business would be useful. 'It would be beneficial to learn about dealing with museums and other art organisations,' she said. 'Artists generally don't really care about selling their art works but hope for more exhibition space.' Artist Benny Wong welcomed the idea of training as many artists did not really know how to sell their work. Details of the plan had yet to be worked out, Mr Maisano said, but any fees charged would be minimal.