Looking for arts events to attend this summer? Look no further than the neighbourhoods at the centre of Hong Kong’s buzzing art scene.
Curated by the Hong Kong Tourism Board as part of the Arts in Neighbourhoods campaign, these three districts — West Kowloon, Old Town Central, and Sham Shui Po — represent the best in Hong Kong contemporary art.
From well-known and loved institutions to up-and-coming galleries, here are some of the most exciting arts venues in Hong Kong right now.
One of the hottest emerging cultural districts in Hong Kong, West Kowloon presents the latest in contemporary art in a hyper-modern setting.
It’s impossible to miss the striking architecture of M+, Hong Kong’s brand new museum of visual culture. Opened in November 2021 and designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the museum’s current exhibits feature works by Anthony Gormley and contemporary Chinese artists from the Sigg Collection.
Anthony Gormley’s Asian Field, a monumental participative artwork, is on exhibition at M+ until 3rd July.
Fans of traditional Chinese theatre can head over to Xiqu Centre, which presents Cantonese opera and other forms of xiqu in an arrestingly futuristic building on the eastern edge of West Kowloon.
Located right in the centre of the West Kowloon Art Park, Freespace presents genre-bending performances and events. Jam out to musicians from Hong Kong’s local scene every Friday and Saturday night, or catch jazzy re-imaginations of pop songs as part of the Freespace Ensemble Pop Plus series this July.
Old Town Central
Right in the heart of Hong Kong, Old Town Central merges the historic side of Hong Kong with exciting arts programmes open to the community.
Located in the Old Dairy Farm Depot, Fringe Club has promoted local artists since 1984. The historic building hosts music performances and contemporary visual arts exhibitions.
At the eastern end of Hollywood Road, you’ll find Tai Kwun, an arts centre housed in the former Central Police Station. Their 2022 Summer Season, In the Mood for Vibrancy, features an exciting line-up ranging from group exhibitions of young Hong Kong artists, film screenings, and drawing workshops.
Part of Tai Kwun’s 2022 Summer Season, the exhibition Breathing with Trees asks visitors to consider the vital role trees play in supporting human life.
For lovers of graffiti art, ARTLANE in Sai Ying Pun can’t be missed. The colourful steps feature murals by local and international street artists.
Sham Shui Po
Head over to Sham Shui Po for a taste of handmade crafts and fine ceramics.
Formerly a factory building, the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) now serves as a home to over 100 artists and arts organisations. Drop by to catch a play, pick up something unique from a local artisan, or even learn a new handicraft.
Founded by three ceramic artists, Mudheytong Gallery is dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of ceramic arts. The gallery holds ceramic exhibitions and regular pottery workshops.
To see the full list of locations and programmes, visit the Arts in Hong Kong website.
Photographs: Hong Kong Tourism Board