Artists are forming a team to work out alternative proposals to counter the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, which they say is too sluggish in forming arts strategies. At a public forum organised by several arts groups and professional bodies yesterday, they said they were dissatisfied with the work of the authority board, which has operated for seven months overseeing the software and hardware planning for the arts hub. More than 80 people signed up for a group to work out counter proposals to the authority, after Mirana May Szeto, assistant professor in comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong, made an appeal. Professor Szeto said the group would start research to form concrete plans, including a proposal for the content of the district's core M+ museum, designs for public space and improving links between the hub and the neighbourhood, and the identification of artists interested in producing art for the hub. She said local writers and academics from HKU, Chinese University, Lingnan University and the University of Science and Technology would also start working on a proposal to ask for space in M+ for local literature, which she said was essential in forming the city's cultural identity. 'The best way to exert pressure on the authority is to counter it with some really concrete proposals,' she said. Her group will encourage the three groups of architects to be shortlisted for the development plan to incorporate community views.