Hong Kong’s Arts Scene
By Laura Gelder – 2 minute read
Hong Kong is renowned for its blend of east-meets-west duality; a modern, cosmopolitan destination that encourages visitors to embrace local traditions and festivals – as well as offering some of the world’s greatest art centres, museums and heritage sites.
Why choose Hong Kong for art?
Over the past decade the arts scene in Hong Kong has flourished – from fine art to street art, high-end to affordable and performing art to pop up exhibitions.
In 2008, Hong Kong hosted its first international arts fair, Art HK, now renamed as Art Basel Hong Kong, and since then there have been a number of high profile galleries, developments and international shows enter the market.
As time as gone one, the city has seen the development of old and new buildings into art and cultural spaces. New areas are also being developed with a purpose to showcase Hong Kong’s art scene, making it more accessible to residents and tourists and helping both the city’s young talent and established artists to thrive.
Where to go
Old Town Central is one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Hong Kong. It’s bursting with creativity on every street corner, thanks to a proliferation of street art, and has everything from experimental stage performances held inside a repurposed depot, to world-class art exhibitions and edgy graffiti which graces the walls of small alleys.
Discover more wonderful street art in Sai Ying Pun’s ARTLANE, where local and international artists have turned the buildings walls of Ki Ling Lane and Chung Ching Street into a kaleidoscopic canvas.
In Old Town Central, 46 Graham Street and 48 Hollywood Road are some of the most photographed street art scenes in Hong Kong. Tell clients to watch out for local graffiti artist Alex Croft’s colourful mural of old townhouses on the latter, which depicts the city’s iconic tong lau tenement buildings on a vibrant blue background.
PMQ is Hong Kong’s old Police Married Quarters and was the first dormitory for Chinese rank and file police officers in Central. It was reopened in 2014 as a hub for the creative and design industries, with over 100 businesses, studios, bars and restaurants.
Keeping with the police theme, in the former Central Police Station Compound is Hong Kong’s newest centre for contemporary art and heritage, Tai Kwun.
Central and Western District Promenade is an area in Central and Wan Chai which hosts pop up outdoor exhibitions, such as 2018’s Harbour Arts Sculpture Park curated by Tim Marlow and Fumio Nanjo and International Light Arts Display.
H Queen’s is the city’s first purpose built vertical gallery and houses notable international names such as David Zwirner, Tang Contemporary Art, Pace, Hauser & Wirth and Whitestone Gallery.
Opening in various stages, the West Kowloon Cultural District will establish a new vibrant cultural quarter in a dramatic harbour-front location. Already open are Art Park and the Xiqu Centre, and still to come are the M+ Museum in 2021, the Palace Museum in 2022 and Lyric Theatre in 2023.
Victoria Dockside has been transformed by an international team of acclaimed architects to become an area dedicated to art and design. The first building to open was K11 Atelier in 2017, a mixed-use art and commercial tower designed by renowned Japanese design studio Simplicity and positioned as a museum retail building which focuses on three elements; people, art and nature. Also in the area is the new Rosewood Hotel and Residences and Avenue of the Stars.