October is Hong Kong’s peak art season! From large international art fairs to solo gallery exhibitions, here’s what we’re most excited for this month:
Fine Art Asia: Asia’s Leading International Fine Art Fair
Fasten your seatbelt, because Fine Art Asia exhibits works spanning 5,000 years of cultural history. This fair features over 100 of the world’s most renowned galleries, making it Asia’s only major art fair of its kind to display international works from both Asia and the West. From antiques to Old Master paintings, to jewellery and decorative art, this fair leaves no stone unturned when it comes to art types.
When: The last day is today! Wednesday, 7 October, 2015, from 11am-6pm
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How Much: $200 for Adults (admits 2), $50 for full time students and senior citizens, and free admission for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.
Ticketing: Tickets will be on sale at the fair reception during opening hours.
Asia Contemporary Art Fair
We’re super excited for this fair, not only because it will feature the hottest up-and-coming and mid-career contemporary artists to-date, but because the artists will actually be there, floating through the galleries with us. Find out more here!
When: Thursday, 8 October – Sunday 11 October, 2015
Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
How Much: $220
Ticketing: Buy tickets at the door or buy tickets now for a two-for-one special that includes access to Friday ART Night and a complimentary drink.
Nick Walker: Entropy
Apparently, if you know anything about street art, you know Nick Walker. Well, I didn’t and I don’t think the woman at Above Second Gallery appreciated my joke that he is the “OG Banksy” – but he kind of is (when you see his work, you’ll know what I mean). This Bristol artist is responsible for revolutionising stenciling, which is the technique used by many street artists today. What’s especially cool about this showing is that it’s Walker’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong and it features works that he made in Hong Kong of Hong Kong. He’s also playing around with some stylistic changes, hence the title “Entropy”.
When: Now until Sunday, 24 October, 2015
Where: Above Second, 9 First Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Dawn of a Sunny Century: 20th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Yitao Collection
If you haven’t had the a chance to visit the brand-new Sun Museum in Kowloon since it’s opening this past spring, you have a few more weeks to see the end of its inaugural show. This museum is so cool, you have to make an appointment before going. More details of the show here.
When: Now until Saturday, 17 October
Where: Sun Museum, 165 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, New Territories, Hong Kong
How Much?: Free of charge
Ticketing: All visits are by appointment only.
Damon Tong Wai Kit: “drink tea”
This Hong Kong artist has a lot to say. Next time you’re in PMQ, make sure you visit the Arts Project Gallery on the 5th floor and have the curator explain the meta-messages behind these seemingly simple pieces. More info here.
When: Now until Sunday, 11 October, 2015
Where: Art Projects Gallery, Unit S510, 5/F, Block A, PMQ 35 Aberdeen Street Central, Hong Kong
“Another Side of Me” – Photography by Laura Simonsen
October is Pink Season in Hong Kong! Apart from people rocking our favourite colour in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Voxfire Gallery is celebrating by showcasing Hong Kong-based photographer, Laura Simonsen. Laura has photographed a small group of Hong Kong drag queens over the past year, resulting in some striking images. Check out the deets here.
When: Thursday, 29 October – Sunday, 1 November
Where: Voxfire Gallery, 1/F 52 Gage Street (entrance on Aberdeen), Sheung Wan, Hong Kong