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Play Depot


Project Description

Play Depot was set up in 2017 by a collective comprising academics, artists, arts administrators and members of the community at the Cattle Depot Artist Village in To Kwa Wan. The purpose was to establish a creative communal place for kids and adults to play in order to inspire and motivate people to be creative and imaginative through sharing new ways of play, and to explore the potential for socially engaged arts practices to generate new interactions and understanding among local people. At Play Depot, young creators find special recyclable materials and learn handicraft skills from masters in order to develop new games within the communal area.
One of the key objectives of the project is to create opportunities for artists to experiment with different forms of play in art and explore the connection between “art” and “play”. A new development at Play Depot is “Play-form”, a project that enables artists to undertake 11-week residencies at the Cattle Depot Artist Village to explore contemporary art practice in relation to creative play. Each artist-in-residence will explore new ways to interact with the community and the use of recycled wastes as creative materials for making playful objects through artistic engagement and experimentation.


Play-form is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. 


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Project team members 

Professor Leung Mee-ping
Academy of Visual Arts
Tel: (852) 3411 8187     


Mr Alex Tam 
Centre Executive
The Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts
Academy of Visual Arts
Tel: (852) 3411 6583