Hong Kong Arts Centre's programme director Connie Lam Suk-yee says the theme of the 30th Anniversary Exhibition is inspired by the centre's building itself, which was completed in 1977, the same year Centre Pompidou opened in Paris. The structure was designed by renowned architect Tao Ho. His concept was cutting-edge at the time as he tried to incorporate western and eastern concepts and aesthetics. He said the building could be compared to a 'Chinese ivory ball' in which, within a confined area, multiple layers can often be skilfully carved while demonstrating the architectural details 'in a bold yet frank manner' exemplifying the essence of traditional Chinese architecture. 'It was a significant contemporary architecture and received an award in Hong Kong,' says Lam. The 10,000 square foot total floor space houses theatres, cinema, galleries as well as offices for arts groups. This mix and diversity has earned the centre the reputation of being a 'vertical artist village'. Lam says a dozen artists of different generations and media - from architecture, and painting to new media and illustrations - have been invited to take part in the exhibition for a dialogue among themselves and with the centre. Works by veteran artists Gaylord Chan and Wucius Wong will offer an insight into the historical significance of HKAC and its contribution to developing the local arts scene. 'Actually, we kicked off our 30th anniversary last year, but we've spent a lot of time on meeting the artists, developing the ideas with them and documenting the entire creative process. The exhibition will show the relationships between the Arts Centre and different artists,' Lam says. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the work by Chan Lai-kiu, the designer of the Arts Centre's logo. In her artwork, HKAC is personified as the mother of the local arts. 'Every piece is developed from the nine spots [an element of the Arts Centre logo] and she created the pieces with her own daughter,' says Lam. 'It's a very interesting collaboration.' Hong Kong. Arts. Centre - HKAC 30th Anniversary Exhibition, 10am-8pm, Aug 3-29, Pao Galleries, other locations in HKAC, free admission.