Art Week 2015: 5 Hong Kong art events not to be missed

Updated on March 6 2015

Things have changed a little this year. The art frenzy is upon us earlier than usual with Art Basel returning in March (15 to 17 March 2015) instead of May for its fourth edition in Hong Kong.

Along with it, the debut of Art Central (a new art fair hosted on the Central Harbourfront), the Spring edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show and other art events will be similarly taking center stage this March for what is turning out to be possibly one of the biggest Art Weeks yet.

Click through to check out where you need to be come March:


Art Basel Hong Kong

Arguably, one of the hottest Hong Kong art happenings of the year, Art Basel Hong Kong will be showcasing artwork from over 231 premier galleries from around the world. The Film sector will be curated by Li Zhenhua and the Encounters sector by Alexie Glass-Kantor for the first time. Keep an eye out for the newly-designed Davidoff lounge featuring their new Masterpiece Humidor Collection by Paris-based artist Lison de Caunes.

Art Basel will be open to the public from 15 to 17 March 2015.

Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2582 8888,



Art Central

Hong Kong’s newest art fair, Art Central, will be housed in a custom-built 10,000 square metre tent piece designed by Stiff and Trevillion of London, which will be popping up on the harbourfront for four days. Highlights include a stunning Swarovski piece by Hong Kong interior designer Joyce Wang and a pop-up bar and restaurant by Swire’s The Continental.

VIP previews begin on 13 March 2015 and will be open to the public on 14 to 16 March 2015. Tickets start at HK$200 for adults.

(Pictured: Painter Vivien Zhang)


Asia Contemporary Art Show

The sixth edition of the Spring edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show not only welcomes over 3,000 pieces of artwork from all over the world, including Hong Kong, China, Australia, America and Europe, but also boasts many of the artists themselves who will be at the show to meet with collectors and art lovers alike.

A VIP collectors preview will be hosted on March 12 2015 before opening to the public on 13 to 15 March 2015. VIP tickets are priced at HK$260, which includes access to the lounge, drinks, preview and more while standard tickets are HK$180 each.

(Pictured: Happiness by Ben Chen)


Chai Wan Mei Art & Design Festival

Looking for something a little more local? The Chai Wan Mei Art & Design Festival will also be returning this year with a whole range of artwork including photography, performance art, guerrilla art installations and workshops to help promote the Chai Wan Mei neighbourhood of Hong Kong.

The art festival will run from March 14 2015 from 11am to 9pm and March 15 2015 from 11am to 7pm.  


Duddell’s Presents ICA Off-Site: Hong Kongese

Presented in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Duddell’s latest exhibition “Hong Kongese” will coincide with this year’s Art Basel and be included in the Art Basel VIP Programme. The exhibition will feature a discerning group of local and international contemporary artists who have drawn their inspiration from the cosmopolitan centres in which they live.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 12 March 2015 to 22 June 2015.

Duddell’s, Level 3-4, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9191,

(Pictured:Millie’s Centre Neon Sign (miniature replica), Glass tubes, neon gas, electronic transformers, acrylic, 2014, 860mm (H) x 1100 (W) x 76mm (D). Courtesy: M+, West Kowloon Cultural District)

Yi Li is your typical half-Brit half-Chinese hybrid with a serious case of wanderlust. When not writing, she's either on the hunt for the best new cocktails, on a hike or enjoying a sinful bowl of truffle fries (and working them off at XYZ). Follow her @yilidawson on Instagram or Twitter.