Your insider’s guide to Hong Kong

Five of Hong Kong’s best independent galleries

Take in some of Hong Kong’s most intriguing exhibitions this summer

Words: Kate Farr

Hong Kong’s art fair season may be drawing to a close, but there is no shortage of world-class galleries in the city, offering year-round opportunities to enjoy works by both local and international artists. From sculpture to sound installations, drawing to digital art, Hong Kong is fast becoming Asia’s most creative. We take a stroll around five of the city’s best options for artistic appreciation.

One of Asia’s oldest independent art institutions, the not-for-profit Para/Site has been supporting and promoting contemporary art in the city since 1996. Originally founded as an artist-run space, Para/Site has grown to be a leading contemporary art centre, producing exhibitions, publications and educational programmes, often collaboratively with other galleries, museums and academic establishments. Its large gallery and exhibition space in North Point offers ample space in which to showcase works from a range of local and international artists, both established and emerging.Running until 26th August 2018, Para/Site will be hosting emerging curator Andre Chan, who will be producing an exhibition that explores minority languages and dialects throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and their role in promoting a richer and more diverse human experience. Featuring 13 artists, the exhibition promises to be both thought provoking and educational.

22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, +852 2517 4620

Blue Lotus Gallery
Established in 2007, Blue Lotus’ stated aim is “exploring Hong Kong identity and culture through photography and works on paper”. This unashamedly Hong Kong-focused approach has led Blue Lotus to become one of the city’s leading galleries, representing prominent local photographers such as Ho Fan and Michael Wolf, as well as multidisciplinary artists such as Eleanor McColl and Pete Ross. In addition to the original artworks displayed on the walls, Blue Lotus also stocks a range of art books and prints, enabling novice collectors to dip their toe into the art world without too much commitment!

Blue Lotus often curate off-site exhibitions and will be working with photographer Michael Kenna to produce a solo landscape photography show that will take place between 15th June to 1st July 2018 at Usagi, a gallery space in Central. Focusing on the slow growth and resilience of trees, the exhibition examines the beauty of simplicity.

1606 Chai Wan Industrial City, Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan, +852 5193 0809

Charbon Art Space
Charbon is named for carbon – the element that is present within all known life. This all-encompassing theme applies to its hybrid multipurpose art space, which hosts exhibitions, talks, film screenings and live performances. A space that blends all types of media, Charbon is no stuffy gallery; rather people are invited to chat, meet and exchange ideas under the banner of authentic artistic expression. The space itself – a large warehouse building in the former industrial area of Wong Chuk Hang – offers the perfect backdrop to works of all types.

The upcoming summer schedule features talks, dance and artworks across a wide range of themes, and the most up-to-date information can be found on the gallery’s website. With its ever-evolving programme of exhibitions and performances, Charbon have something to offer every type of art lover. Viewings are by appointment, so do call before planning your visit.

8/F Sing Tek Factory, 44 Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, +852 2330 6668

3812 Gallery
Named after the altitude at the start of the Vallee Blanche, a famous ski run in Chamonix, France, 3812 Gallery highlights Asian – and in particular, Chinese – artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a specific focus on ink art. Working with luminaries of the Chinese art scene such as Hsiao Chin, whose work is inspired by the cursive scripts of Chinese calligraphy, and Wang Jieyin, who explores the force and simplicity of nature in his lanscapes through the use of bold geometric motifs, 3812’s exhibitions are refreshingly thought-provoking and original.

As Hong Kong’s only gallery with its own garden, outdoor terrace and private salon, 3812 regularly host exclusive events and cultural programmes for collectors, artists and critics, though art novices are also always welcome.

G/F – 3/F, 118 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2153 3812

White Cube
OK, so White Cube may be one of the world’s most influential galleries, but it started small in London in 1993, and helped to launch the careers of household names such as Tracey Emin and Damian Hirst – pioneers of the Young British Artist movement. Designed by renowned architects Maybank and Matthews, White Cube Hong Kong has quickly become the byword for fine art in the region since its opening in 2012, showcasing uncompromising and often challenging works by contemporary artists such as Gilbert and George, Wang Gongxin and Cerith Wyn Evans.

Summer 2018 sees an exhibition by artist Chen Zhou, featuring video installation and paintings. Running concurrently will be “Inside the White Cube” – a celebration of White Cube’s 25th anniversary that delves deep into their archive to present works by a number of notable artists who have graced the gallery throughout the years.

50 Connaught Road, Central, +852 2592 2000


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