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Once a stomping ground for cows and pigs, the former slaughterhouse has since been repurposed for local artists

“Cattle Depot Artist Village” is not a name that naturally rolls off the tongue, but it is a name that is rich with history. Originally used as a slaughterhouse from 1908 to 1999, two years after its closure the site was renovated and developed into a village for artists. This development came just in time, as artists from the shuttering Oil Street Art Village in North Point were struggling to find a new space to engage their creativity. Several artists from the former North Point location moved shop to Ma Tau Kok, which is now home to approximately twenty art groups that work to uphold a local foothold in Hong Kong’s creative space.

After entering the artist village, when visitors turn their attention to the right, they are greeted with the sight of a wide wall plastered with frogs’ faces and standalone Chinese characters.

The layout of the village allows for easy wandering, and little chance to become lost or confused. The former abattoir commands a total space of 15,000 square meters, this large space is comprised of horizontally laid structures.

Behind the artist village sits the Cattle Depot Art Park. The park’s history is well preserved and easily accessible to the public. Circular plaques provide bite-sized information on the daily activities of the former abattoir. Water troughs still stand in the form of the “Periscope Wall”, which allows people to have a glimpse into the past.

Text & Photos Victoria Mae Martyn