With the biggest art fairs lined up and plenty of exciting exhibitions opening, March is arguably the busiest month for art happenings in Hong Kong. With so many arty events popping up all over town, we’ve rounded up a few that have caught our eye… make sure you check out these must-see shows and get your cultural fix.
The internationally renowned art fair is back and set to be even bigger and better than last year. With 248 galleries participating, Art Basel Hong Kong is an essential event on the art calendar, offering a glimpse at the best artworks from the Asia-Pacific region and the world’s top galleries. Split into six main sectors, visitors can feast their eyes on everything from large-scale installations and sculpture to short and feature length films curated by Li Zhenhua of Beijing Art Lab. This year, expect exciting new exhibitors from the Middle East and India as well as unique discussions from some of the art world’s most inspiring thought leaders.
When: Wednesday, 28 March, 5-9pm, (Vernissage); Thursday, 29 March – Saturday, 31 March 2018 (open to the public)
Where: Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Various ticketing options available from $250 (advance). Buy your tickets here.
Hot on the heels of Art Basel is the fourth edition of Art Central on Hong Kong’s harbourfront. This up and coming fair showcases predominantly Asia-based galleries and emerging artists, allowing visitors to access the most cutting-edge artworks of the region. Keep an eye out for interactive on-site performance art and don’t forget to enjoy bites from some of Sassy’s favourite eateries, including Little Bao, Bread & Beast and Teakha.
When: Wednesday, 21 March – Sunday, 1 April 2018
Where: Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong
How much: From $230 – buy your tickets here.
Harbour Arts Sculpture Park is one of the most ambitious public art projects to ever grace Hong Kong’s skyline. Curated by Fumio Najo and Tim Marlow, 19 incredible sculptures will spread across the harbourfront from Central to Wan Chai. This free, open-air exhibition gives anyone the chance to see some of the highest quality sculptures from international and local artists, including Michael Craig-Martin, Yayoi Kusama, Tracey Emin, Hank Willis Thomas, Wong Tin Yan and Kacey Wong.
When: Thursday, 22 February – Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Where: Harbourfront – Central to Wan Chai
How much: Free
Situated in the heart of the city on Queen’s Road Central is the newly opened H QUEEN’S, a beautifully designed new building housing some of the world’s best galleries and Hong Kong’s most innovative art projects. Be sure to check out the opening of Hauser & Wirth’s first gallery in the city, Tang Contemporary Art’s boundary pushing exhibitions, and Whitestone Gallery’s two-floor space (to name but a few). This is the perfect place to stop by in town if you’re keen to explore some new gallery spaces.
Where: 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Get out and about this March and join the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association’s Art Gallery Night or Art Brunch. Galleries that are members will open late and host special events that include performances, intimate talks and special openings for the Art Gallery Night, so don’t forget to pop by your favourite galleries in the city. If you’re more of a morning person than a night owl, sign up to the Art Brunch and share a coffee with Hong Kong’s art community over interesting discussions.
When: Art Gallery Night – Monday, 26 March; Art Brunch – Friday, 30 March. More info here!
We’re big fans of Hong Kong street art (see our five favourite pieces here) and can’t wait to see the fourth edition of HK WALLS, a street art festival all around the Central and Western district. Expect live, public painting and graffiti from the most creative local and international artists, along with pop-up exhibitions and parties.
When: Saturday, 24 March – Sunday, 1 April
Where: Central and Western District
How much: Free to attend
Back again is the bi-annual Asia Contemporary Art Show, featuring over 2,500 works spread across the Conrad Hotel. Wander through the rooms and discover a new artist you love, connect with other art-lovers, meet and mingle with collectors and enjoy a complimentary drink at the HK Liquor Store Art Night while you’re at it.
When: Friday, 23 – Monday, 26 March, 2018
Where: Conrad Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: From $250. Buy your tickets here.
Featured image credited to Kyra Campbell Photography, all other images credited to respective businesses and galleries