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AESOP bring you the ultimate Hong Kong Art Week Guide

With Hong Kong's prestigious art week kicking off on Wednesday, AESOP bring you the ultimate guide to the most creative in town.

Asia Art Archive

Founded in 2000, Asia Art Archive has grown from a handful of catalogues into one of the region’s foremost art institutions. The non-profit organisation is behind a vast and valuable collection of material on the recent history of art from Asia, with some 120,000 items and counting — made accessible to the public in its library and through its website, exhibitions, talks, workshops and residencies, making AAA a space that nourishes both mind and spirit.

11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

Young Soy

Self-proclaimed as ‘Hong Kong’s gallery for the people’, Young Soy is dedicated to ‘the everlasting quest of cultivating and celebrating radical cultural influences’. The irreverent tone is refreshing in its honesty, and the artists in the gallery’s stable represent different backgrounds and ideologies, as well as markedly different styles — so you’re never quite sure what you’ll get at a Young Soy exhibition, though the energy is always contagious.

40A Upper Lascar Row, Tai Ping Shan

H Queen’s

CL3 Architects designed the H Queen’s Building for the express purpose of housing art, and art world heavyweights Pace, David Zwirner, Whitestone and Tang Contemporary are spread over several floors. Begin your gallery-hopping expedition with lunch at Michelin-starred Nordic-Japanese restaurant Arbor, whose interiors come courtesy of Yabu Pushelberg, and end your day with a cocktail on the terrace of the Joyce Wang-designed Peruvian restaurant Ichu.

80 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Crafts on Peel

Crafts on Peel was established to preserve and encourage appreciation of Hong Kong’s artisanal heritage. The foundation pairs traditional craftspeople with contemporary designers and artists from around the region, facilitating the creation of new works that then form part of the programming. In a 1940s heritage building on Peel Street — neighbouring lively bars, noodle shops and open-air market stalls — it hosts exhibitions and public craft workshops (keep an eye out for dates), with a retail wing and a bijou accommodation for artists in residence.

11 Peel Street, Central

JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, Tai Kwun is a sprawling arts and cultural landmark that has revitalised a series of heritage buildings and introduced the new JC Contemporary, which houses galleries and the Artists’ Book Library, and hosts performances, book fairs and more. Tai Kwun’s museums, restaurants and lifestyle stores are also well worth a visit, so make a day of it.

Old Bailey Street, Central

Fringe Club

The Fringe Club focuses on ‘innovative, avant-garde and non-mainstream art’ and houses multiple performance spaces, a gallery, a cafe, a bar and Chinese restaurant Nove. It also recently launched Supper Club, a new hybrid event that combines an art fair, a gathering space and a hub for contemporary art, with the inaugural edition taking place from 25–30 March.

2 Lower Albert Road, Central

Kiang Malingue

Kiang Malingue’s second outpost is in a reimagined tong lau, or tenement house, on a quiet side street near Wan Chai’s Starstreet Precinct. The building itself, designed by local firm Beau Architects, is an experiment in cultural sustainability and adaptive reuse, while inside you can expect thought-provoking exhibitions by emerging and established contemporary artists from around the world.

10 Sik On Street, Wan Chai


Established by local creative agency Unveil Limited, THE SHOPHOUSE is a lifestyle and exhibition space in a restored 1930s shophouse whose design maintains the building’s original features. The gallery spans three floors, while the ground floor and rooftop are also home to otherthings, a crafts store with a focus on the handmade. The nearby SIDESPACE uses Tai Hang’s garages, shops and dwellings as a space for collaboration with local underground artists and craftspeople. Save time to explore one of the city’s most charming neighbourhoods, with plenty of characterful drinking and dining spots along its tong lau-lined streets.

4 Second Lane, Tai Hang

Para Site

Para Site was founded in 1996 by Hong Kong artists as an independent space to exhibit art of the moment with an experimental spirit. Now, as a stalwart of the local art scene and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia, the prolific organisation produces exhibitions, publications and educational programmes.

22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay

Eaton Hotel

At Eaton hotel, ‘hospitality is a means for community, creativity, and culture’. A regular hangout for the city’s creative set, the terrace bar Terrible Baby and adjoining Music Room often hosts music events and pop-up markets, and the hotel regularly hosts workshops, talks and exhibitions. Another drawcard is the Food Hall, a dining complex inspired by Wong Kar-wai films and the Jordan noodle shops of Eaton founder Katherine Lo’s childhood.

380 Nathan Road, Jordan


If it’s quirky, off-the-beaten-track you’re after, look no further than MUM’S NOT HOME, a first-floor bolthole that defies categorisation. Part cafe, part gallery, part lifestyle store and even part hairdresser, MUM’S NOT HOME is a space for all the things founders Chow Kong Chuen and Makui Ma love. The pair host intimate music events and art exhibitions from time to time, so be sure to check what’s on when planning your visit.

1/F, 302 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei

Broadway Cinematheque & Kubrick

A cult favourite among locals in the know, this bookstore and art-house cinema complex is a one-stop shop for books, vinyl, movies and coffee. Broadway Cinematheque puts on film festivals, director retrospectives and themed programmes, while the bookstore downstairs offers plenty for the creatively inclined bibliophile, from film and art titles to coffee table books and an impressive offering of independent magazines.

3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei

West Kowloon Cultural District

One of Hong Kong’s more recent cultural developments, the West Kowloon Cultural District comprises creative landmarks such as M+ museum, Freespace and The Palace Museum, as well as numerous parks, cafes, venues and viewpoints. The must-visit M+ is Asia's ‘first global museum of contemporary visual culture’, with permanent and rotating exhibitions, a cinema and events spaces; Freespace is a centre for contemporary performances and music events; and The Palace Museum has a collection of more than 900 artefacts from the Palace Museum in Beijing, and often presents exhibitions in collaboration with major global institutions.

Tsim Sha Tsui

Yuet Tung China Works

One could lose hours wandering the towering aisles and cramped corners of Yuet Tung China Works, the warehouse of Hong Kong's only remaining hand-painted porcelain factory. The pieces are painted in the traditional Cantonese style, and the warehouse sells plates, bowls, vases and plenty more, all covered in bright, ornate patterns. You may even catch a glimpse of a painter at work, and you can leave with a dish of your own design, a unique conversation starter for the dinner table.

3/F, Kowloon Bay Industrial Centre, 15 Wang Hoi Road, Kowloon Bay

The Mills + CHAT

The Mills is a heritage revitalisation project involving the transformation of three former cotton mills into a cultural and creative hub that honours its history as the home of Nan Fung Textiles. The complex is made up of The Mills Shopfloor, with boutiques, concept stores and cafes celebrating ‘maker culture’; The Mills Fabrica, an incubator for ‘techstyle’ and agrifood startups; and CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile), a textile art centre that hosts permanent and seasonal exhibitions, workshops and other programmes that educate and inspire.

45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, New Territories

Lamma Art Collective

Far from the gleaming towers and manicured galleries of Central, Lamma Art Collective is a community space where events range from exhibitions and parties to music masterclasses, cooking classes and yoga, and plenty in between. The third-largest of Hong Kong’s outlying islands is home to a free-spirited, multicultural community, so consider Lamma Art Collective an entry point to all that the laid-back island has to offer.

1/F, 23 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island

My Secret Garden

On the small island of Peng Chau, My Secret Garden is a former leather factory and a Grade III-listed cultural monument site that now houses a fantastical collection of sculptures and installations made from waste materials — a fascinating jumble of street and found art where every surface is a canvas.

Wing On Street, Peng Chau Island

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