Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists’ Studio 2019-20

Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists’ Studio — Charles Kwong

Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists’ Studio — o!sland

Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists’ Studio — Charles Kwong

Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists’ Studio — Jess Lau Ching-Wa

Charles Kwong Requiem Part II Kyrie

Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists’ Studio — Chan Wai Lap

Date & Time

1 Jul 2020 - 28 Feb 2021




Free of charge


Tai Kwun Contemporary’s Residency Programme expands the depth of its education and public programmes and creates a far-reaching network of artists, curators, researchers, writers and academics that encourages interdisciplinary collaborations and contributes to a flourishing art scene in Hong Kong, enabling professionals to develop their practices and benefit from the network of Tai Kwun and its partners.

The Open Call for Artists’ Studio 2019-20, a pilot project for the Residency Programme, targeted emerging artists or creative professionals from Hong Kong and beyond who work in time-based, intangible or less traditional artistic formats such as performances, videos, social interventions, books, writing, research-based practices, conceptual art, AI/VR and more. The selected artists are Chan Wai Lap (artist), Charles Kwong (composer), Jess Lau Ching-wa (artist) and o!sland (artist collective). 

Please stay tuned to the Tai Kwun website for information on upcoming Artists' Studio Open Calls.

Tai Kwun Contemporary welcomes the Hong Kong-based composer Charles Kwong to our Artists’ Studio Programme. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Charles Kwong's creative output ranges from orchestral and choral music to works written for all types of chamber ensembles and solo performers. In recent years his music has been internationally featured in numerous festivals in Japan, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Korea and Hong Kong. Kwong is appointed Artist Associates of Hong Kong Sinfonietta in the 2020-2021 season. In early 2020 he also took up a four-month residency with the City of Zurich Artist-in-Residence Programme for International Artists in association with Zurich University of the Arts.

Kwong’s compositional explorations stretch beyond the paradigms of concert hall music, resulting in numerous site-specific works, sound installations and cross-disciplinary collaborations that highlight the experiential dimension of music. Kwong was the curator and composer of “Our Audible City” (2018-2019), a project in collaboration with Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, soundpocket and visual artist Frank Tang. For the project Kwong created a series of site-specific compositions titled “Atlas”, tailored for non-concert-hall spaces in Hong Kong.

For the Tai Kwun Contemporary residency, Charles Kwong will work on Requiem, an extension of his research and exploration in site-specific music. The project transforms Tai Kwun into a fictional village where fictional rituals for the dead are composed and performed.

*The area shown in the video were cleared during filming with no public access.