All you need to know about Art Central, Hong Kong
Art month is well and truly here, and there are plenty of awesome art exhibitions, promotions and events happening all over town. One that we’re most excited for? Art Central! After a hugely successful turn out last year, this new, contemporary art fair is back – with a bang. Expect a huge array of emerging and mid-career artists on show as well as some of the top galleries in Hong Kong and Asia – there will be more than 100 exhibitors this year! And that’s not all. Apart from amazing art works, interactive installations and exciting exhibitions, there will be delicious food on offer, creative collaborations with designers and even a yoga sesh to keep you grooving over the Easter weekend. Check out our top picks of the best things to do in Hong Kong at Art Central:
With more than 100 galleries from 21 countries participating this year, Art Central has got a wide variety of creative art works for you to check out. The fair is split into three sections: CENTRAL – featuring galleries from Asia and beyond, RISE – featuring newer galleries that have launched in the past six years and emerging artists and PROJECTS – featuring large installations and exciting exhibitions that challenge the idea of a traditional art fair. You’ll be sure to discover something fascinating at each section, so make sure you browse them all. Not sure where to start? Here’s our pick of some of the must-see artworks:
– The awe-inspiring Swarovski crystal installation by Elaine Yan Ling Ng, ‘Sundew’ – think beautiful, shimmering crystals combined with textiles and electronics. The result is a truly unique, moving installation that is sure to spellbind you…
– Thomas Canto’s site-specific installation uses laser cut acrylic, wood and plexiglass, to fuse together his graffiti style with elements of Constructivism. Think dynamic, dazzling textures and lines.
– You know we love supporting Hong Kong brands and businesses, and that goes for Hong Kong galleries too! The Cat Street Gallery will be there with works by rising star, artist Jacky Tsai. We love the intricate, floral designs from this Chinese Contemporary Artist – especially the awesome skulls!
– NONOTAK Studio presents ‘Daydream’, an audiovisual installation that explores the relationship between space and time… dreamy.
Looking for more than hopping from gallery booth to gallery booth? You can also check out:
– Talks with the Asia Society: Each day there are a couple of interesting panel discussions on a number of different topics for visitors to enjoy. Simply register on the website – we’re most excited for the ‘Inside Hong Kong: Art and Identity’ talk on Saturday.
– Film buffs can’t miss the ‘Screen x Experimenta‘ programme, where you’ll get the chance to watch some of the most experimental art films. Check out the ‘X Poetry’ on the Thursday, which is directed by minority female filmmakers.
– Art Central has teamed up with one of Sassy’s absolute favourite fashion brands, J.Crew! They’re back for round two at the fair with the theme ‘Our Canvas, Your Masterpiece’, where they’ll feature an interactive studio and live painting. The art inspired store front and one of kind hand painted products make this a must-visit for any fashion lovers at Art Central!
FOOD & DRINK
Don’t worry, you’ll be well fuelled for a day of art hopping after you’ve feasted at one of Art Central’s many dining spots! Some of our favourite restaurants will be popping up at the fair, including:
– Belon Pop-Up: We are SO excited to check out Black Sheep Restaurant’s latest concept. Serving Neo-Parisian fare from Chef James Henry, this is the perfect place to stop for a sophisticated dining experience. And with exquisite French ingredients and dishes like Striploin, Lobster, Chicken Terrine, Saucission and Millefeuille on the menu, we’re as excited to eat here as we are to see the art!
– Bread & Beast: We’ve been fans of this Hong Kong born and bred brand since they first started, so we are super pleased to hear that they’ll be hitting up Art Central with their mouthwatering meat-filled sarnies.
– TRi: If you haven’t ‘tri-ed’ out this Repulse Bay resto yet, this is your chance! Tuck into elegant, Balinese bites such as roasted suckling pig and beef cheek rendang brioche buns.
– Brickhouse: Brickhouse may just serve up some of the best tacos in town. This uber cool Mexican joint is bringing the heat to Art Central with modern street food.
– UMI: Fancy something a bit lighter? Grab some fresh, delicious sushi rolls and nigiri from UMI
– Beef & Liberty: You just can’t go wrong with the juicy beef burgers from Beef & Liberty. If you need some sustenance for all that art browsing, this is sure to fuel you!
– XTC Gelato: End your day on a sweet note with refreshing sorbet or a creamy scoop of ice-cream from local gelato experts, XTC.
– Thirsty? MUMM Champagne are partners of Art Central this year, so be sure to enjoy a glass of bubbly while you’re there girls! You can even get champers on demand (the dream!) using the app SpotHelp.
See more Art Inspired Dinners and Drinks for Hong Kong Art Week here.