Centre for Heritage and Arts
Tai Kwun is the Centre for Heritage and Arts, a place of inspiration, stimulation and enjoyment for all Hong Kong people. Tai Kwun aspires to offer the best heritage and arts experiences, and to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history in the community.
It is situated at the restored Central Police Station compound, one of the most significant revitalisation projects in Hong Kong, comprising three declared monuments--the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison.
The revitalisation project has been led by The Hong Kong Jockey Club in partnership with the Government of the Hong Kong SAR. Tai Kwun is the trading name of the Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to manage the revitalised site.
The highest standards of heritage conservation have been applied at Tai Kwun, with unfailing attention to authenticity, bringing more than a dozen historic buildings to life. In contrast to their original functions as police station, courthouse and prison, the buildings are now fully on display, giving the public the chance to appreciate up close their contrasting architectural features and fine design details.
Visitors will be immersed in the rich heritage of the unique historical compound through interactive tours, heritage storytelling spaces, diverse education programmes and thematic heritage exhibitions. These programmes offer insights into the history of our city and the role of law and order in our society contributing to Hong Kong’s distinctive character as a major world city.
The new building, JC Contemporary houses a not-for-profit art centre dedicated to presenting contemporary art exhibitions and programmes as a platform for a flourishing cultural discourse in Hong Kong. It hosts six to eight exhibitions annually alongside extensive public programmes.
Tai Kwun’s performing arts programmes aim to bring to life the many remarkable spaces both indoor and outdoor through events which have been designed and tailored to suit these unique venues. The JC Cube, the Laundry steps, the Prison Yard and the Parade Ground will become performances, spaces for theatre, music, dance and film, with a wide range of programming to appeal to all audiences.
Tai Kwun also beckons visitors to enjoy an array of lifestyle offerings. The wide-ranging culinary landscape allows visitors to choose between light refreshments or fine dining, while retail shops offer the finest selections of curated books, gifts and apparels. Engaging programmes and workshops will also be hosted to echo with the rich heritage and energetic contemporary programme offerings at Tai Kwun.
The name "Tai Kwun" in Chinese means "big station", the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former law enforcement complex. In fact, as early as the 1880s, the name Tai Kwun has been recorded in news articles in reference to the former Central Police Station. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.
With its contemporary, minimalistic style, the Tai Kwun logo expresses the sense of endless possibilities that Tai Kwun offers.
The geometric shape represents the triangular roofs of the historic buildings and the rectangular profile of the new — conveying the integration of heritage and contemporary art.