Art Week 2016: 5 Hong Kong art events you can’t miss

Updated on March 4 2016

Hong Kong is one of the top three art markets in the world so it comes as little surprise that we’re also home to an influential and ever-growing community of art lovers and collectors. The way some of the city’s biggest art events have grown in the last few years are a testament to how quickly the art scene is developing.

Bigger and more exciting than ever, this year’s art week festivities kick off from 21-27 March 2016 and include the return of Art Basel, Art Central, HKwalls and several more highly-anticipated art events to Hong Kong.

Here’s where you need to be:

Related: Stay fuelled with our guide on where to eat during Hong Kong art week.

 

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Art Central

Hong Kong’s homegrown art fair, Art Central, will be returning for its second annual edition at the Central Harbourfront this month. This year, the fair has expanded to over 100 hand-picked galleries from 20 countries across the world (most of which are greater Asia) as well as 30 new names that will be making its Hong Kong debut. Highlights include interactive installations, art panels, a kinetic crystal ‘Sundew’ installation by British Chinese artist Elaine Yan Ling Ng with Swarovski and 12 new works from Jacky Tsai with The Cat Street Gallery.

There will also be plenty to eat and drink as well. Art Central will be host to an exclusive pop-up of Black Sheep Restaurant’s latest concept, Belon, as well as alfresco street food from Beef & Liberty, Brickhouse and Tri.

Art Central will run from 23-26 March 2016 (with an exclusive First Night on 21 March). Tickets are HK$500 (limited capacity) for the First Night and HK$230 for two general admission tickets and fast-track if you book in advance.

For more information and tickets visit artcentralhongkong.com.

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HKwalls

Looking for something a little different? HKwalls’ street art festival is back this year to celebrate creativity and individuality with a vibrant and engaging street art festival in Sham Shui Po. In the words of co-founder Jason Dembski: “Hkwalls is a people’s festival [and] Sham Shui Po embraces grassroots and entrepreneurial spirits, just as we do.”

A group of artists from Hong Kong and abroad will be painting murals on the streets of Sham Shui Po throughout art week and a selection of their print work will also be showcased at a gallery where screenings of related films and talks will also take place. They’ve also collaborated with Vans or organise the ‘House of Vans from 16 March to 3 April 2016, which will feature art exhibitions, workshops and a street market all themed around self-expression.

The HKwalls street art festival will take place from 21-27 March 2016 at various locations in Sham Shui Po.

For more information visit hkwalls.org

Pictured: Mark Goss

 

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Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel returns for its fourth Hong Kong edition this month with exclusive VIP lounges and art installations hosted by Audemars Piguet, Davidoff, Ruinart and UBS. The Hong Kong show will be divided into five sections: Galleries (presenting art from 187 modern and contemporary art galleries from around the world), Insights (projects by galleries based in the Asia and Asia-Pacific regions), Discoveries (a platform for emerging contemporary artists), Encounters (large-scale sculptures and installations) and Film.

The show will be presenting over 3,000 international artists and a wide variety of media including paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and digital works. There will also be a series of talks and informal presentations hosted by leading artists, curators, critics and collectors from the world of art.

Art Basel will be open to the public from 24 -26 March 2016. Tickets are HK$850 for the Vernissage on 23 March, HK$250 for a one-day weekday ticket, HK$450 for a two-day weekday ticket, HK$350 for a Saturday ticket and HK$650 for all three days.

Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2582 8888, www.artbasel.com/hong-kong

 

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Asia Contemporary Art Show Spring Edition

Conrad Hong Kong will once again be host to the 8th edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show with over 2,500 works of art from Hong Kong, China, Asia, Australia, North and South America and Europe. In fact, most of the works will be exhibited in Hong Kong for the first time. What makes this so special is that you’ll even get the chance to meet with collectors and many of the artists who are exhibiting the the show. This year’s featured artists include Mario Gomez and his vibrant paintings from Chile, Yang Yanling’s beautiful floral paintings and Japanese pop art artist Hiroyuki Takahashi.

The Asia Contemporary Art Show will take place from 24-27 March 2016. Tickets are HK$220 per person on the door and HK$220 with one complimentary ticket if you book in advance on HKTicketing.

Asia Contemporary Art Show, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.asiacontemporaryart.com

Pictured: Yang Yanling

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Gormei Art Month

To celebrate Hong Kong’s biggest month of art, Gormei (an online collection of dining experiences in Asia) has organised a Gormei Art Month with several of Hong Kong’s leading restaurants and bars.

The series will include art pop-ups at dining venues, intimate dinners and happy hour drinks with local and international artists such as Simon Birch, Ryan Foote , John Franzen and Movana Chen. Participating galleries include Puerta Roj, Galerie Huit and Pearl Lam Galleries. Places such as Lily & Bloom, Aberdeen Street Social, Bo Innovation, Tosca, Duddell’s, VEA restaurant & lounge and more will also be taking part.

For more information on tickets and the different events, visit www.gormei.com.

Pictured: Bao Ho

 

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.