The Best Artsy Neighborhoods in Hong Kong
With Art Month just around the corner, the city is set to be taken over by art fairs galore and their accompanying creative cognoscenti, both from at home and abroad. Beyond these highlights, however, Hong Kong is also home to plenty of galleries, art spaces and other organisations that are running exhibitions and events all year round. Check out where you can go to find them.
One of the first of Hong Kong’s former industrial areas to be gradually taken over by the arts, Fo Tan’s warehouses and industrial buildings are now home to plenty of local artist studios. Every year, visitors can explore these studios, chat with the artists, and peruse their works at the annual Fotanian Open Studios event.
Central is a hub for the city’s financial and business dealings, luxury shopping, happening nightlife… and, over the past few years, it’s become a base for some of the world’s leading international galleries, too. White Cube and the Gagosian are within walking distance of each other, while dedicated art complexes Pedder Building and H Queen’s are home to an array of galleries such as Hanart TZ Gallery and David Zwirner respectively.
Sham Shui Po
Working class neighborhood Sham Shui Po has become a hotbed of experimental art space projects as of late. Temporary art project Things That Can Happen opened here; the district is also home to spaces such as Wontonmeen, a combined apartment building, hostel, and events space for creatives; and 100ft. Park, a modest 100sqft non-commercial art space established by local fine art photographer South Ho.
Hollywood Road, Soho and Sheung Wan
Winding through the hills of Soho and Sheung Wan, Hollywood Road has enjoyed a longtime reputation as a hotspot for art and antiques. Sprawling art and heritage centre Tai Kwun sits at the beginning of the street in Soho, but ambling further along will reveal smaller galleries with a distinctly local or Asian flavor. Over the Influence Gallery, Cat Street Gallery and YellowKorner Gallery, for instance. There’s plenty of Insta-worthy street art to be discovered here, too.
After years of development, the West Kowloon Cultural District has finally started opening more venues, including the recently unveiled Xiqu Centre. In terms of visual arts, there’s the open air Art Park and its outdoor music and arts event, Freespace Happening, as well as M+ Pavilion, where a wide variety of art exhibitions are held.
Wong Chuk Hang
Another industrial-turned-creative neighborhood, sleepy yet quirky Wong Chuk Hang is home to such galleries as Rossi & Rossi, Blindspot Gallery, and Art Statements Gallery. There are also plenty of stunning wall murals to be scoped courtesy of street festival HK Walls.
Quarry Bay is home to provocative and avant garde art space Para Site as well as ArtisTree, which is located inside retail and office complex Taikoo Place.