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All art is political – maybe more so in Hong Kong

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They say all art is political. In Hong Kong, that often takes on a different meaning. Two recent incidents in the local art scene raise questions about the quality of arts management, and whether the government’s subvention in the sector – which involves direct funding, land grants and/or token rents – is working properly.

PMQ, the designs and arts hub in Hollywood Road, Central, has failed to collect rents worth more than HK$10 million from tenants in arrears and written them off as bad debts. Located at the heritage site of the former Police Married Quarters, it is managed by an entity under the non-profit Musketeers Education and Culture Charitable Foundation and pays only an annual HK$1 in symbolic rent to the government.

However, the deal is that it has to share half of any profit........

© South China Morning Post