8 October, 2020
October art shows
October art shows
Lifestyle, What's On HK

Must-See Hong Kong Art Shows

8 October, 2020
October art shows

Looking for your next culture fix? Check out these new must-see Hong Kong art shows…

This month there are plenty of creative happenings to get stuck into (with some available to enjoy online!), including contemporary bamboo craft, nostalgic photo exhibitions and virtual art festivals. Whether you’re after a relaxing alternative weekend activity or an inspiring post-work pick-me-up, here’s our pick of the newest Hong Kong art shows you won’t want to miss. Happy viewing!

Editor’s Note: Social distancing regulations remain in place in Hong Kong, so please make sure you follow the latest government advice when heading out. It’s a good idea to check via the event provider’s website/Facebook page to see if there are any last minute changes to these events and that you are aware of any restrictions they have put in place.

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Oct Art Shows: Modern Masters

Modern Masters Digital Exhibition

Opera Gallery is hosting Modern Masters, a virtual exhibition featuring 15 museum-quality paintings and works on paper by the likes of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and more. This bold collection celebrates these artists’ insight and vision to produce crowning achievements in modern art and culture.

When: Until Saturday, 31 October
Where: Online, head here
Contact: 2810 1208
How much: Free entry

Oct Art Shows: Crafts Dialogue

Crafts Dialogue

In celebration of the diversity of contemporary crafts, Contemporary Crafts Centre HK has collaborated with a number of galleries, including The Gallery by SOIL, Giant Year Gallery and Keiko Art International, to present #CraftsDialogue. The autumn exhibition features 100 works from different parts of Asia, crafted from a range of materials including lacquer, ceramics, bamboo and metal into unexpected forms.

When: Until Thursday, 24 December, Tuesday to Sunday, 12:30pm to 7pm (closed on Mondays)
Where: Contemporary Crafts Centre HK, Shop H, Hollywood Building, 186 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: 2217 9288, [email protected]
How much: Free entry, resister for a guided tour here
Oct Art Shows: Bamboo


We come across bamboo everyday in Hong Kong, be it as scaffolding around buildings or in the form of steamers at the yum cha table, but here you will see the plant material in a whole new light. This thematic exhibition celebrates the reinvention of traditional bamboo art through the works of ten artists from Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong who specialise in contemporary bamboo craftsmanship.

When: Until Thursday, 31 December, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm (closed on Mondays and Sundays)
Where: Crafts on Peel, 11 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2501 0637, [email protected]
How much: Free entry

October Free Things: HKAF @ Tai Kwun

Hong Kong Arts Festival

The 48th Hong Kong Arts Festival is going virtual this year and will be broadcast live on the HKAF at Tai Kwun Facebook page. Many of the interactive performances, installations and creative workshops originally scheduled for February have been adapted for the digital platform. The online programme also features a number of films that document works-in-progress developed for the on-site event.

When: Saturday, 10 October to Sunday, 11 October
Where: Online, head here
Contact: [email protected]
How much: Free entry

Oct Art Shows: Post No Bills

Post No Bill

Post No Bill showcases the work of Hong Kong-based graffiti artist Boms’ from different stages of his artistic oeuvre. This includes everything from his iconic characters to photographs of his street art and graffiti, and contemporary Chinese calligraphy. Boms strayed away from traditional art mediums after discovering street dancing and graffiti through the local hip-hop scene. He started to devote himself to spray-painting murals and is now one of the city’s most recognisable street artists.

When: Saturday, 10 October to Sunday, 8 November, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Where: The Stallery, G/F, 82A, Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Contact: 2771 3800, [email protected]
How much: Free entry (by appointment only)

Oct Art Shows: Xoloplastics

Xoloplastics Charity Art Show

Creative members’ club Soho House Hong Kong has teamed up with non-profit Xoloplastics to host a charity exhibition in support of the local artist community and families affected by the pandemic. Featuring eight Hong Kong-based artists, including Amy Maria Tong, Sharyn Wortman, Marcel Heijnen and Xoloplastics co-founder Ane Alfeiran, the exhibition will be held at the 2,500 square-foot House Studio Venue in Sheung Wan.

Each artist has created a unique artwork using recycled plastic tiles which Xoloplastics produced from plastic waste collected from the streets of Mexico. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the non-profit’s emergency relief programme supporting families affected by COVID-19 in Mexico, and the participating artists will also receive 30 per cent of the sales from their contributed pieces.

When: Monday, 12 October to Wednesday, 14 October (live auction to take place on the night of the 14th)
Where: House Studio, Soho House Hong Kong, 33 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: 5803 8888
How much: $280 (includes free-flow drinks for 2 hours and canapés), book here

Oct Art Shows: Long Shadows

Long Shadows

f22 is proud to present a rare collection of works by the late James Chung (many of which are being shown for the first time). The renowned Hong Kong photographer, originally from Guangdong, settled in Hong Kong in 1947 and captured the charms of the city between the 50s and 60s. The nostalgic exhibition – titled “Long Shadows”-  gives a nod to his artistic eye for light and shadow, and features black and white photographs of Hongkongers from all walks of life.

When: Wednesday, 14 October to Sunday, 31 January, Daily, 10:30am to 7:30pm
Where: f22 foto space, Shops BW16 & 18, The Peninsula Arcade, Salisbury Road, Tsim She Tsui, Hong Kong
Contact: 6511 2218, [email protected]
How much: Free entry

Oct Art Shows: Seaweed Sunrise

Seaweed Sunrise

In her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Super Future Kid presents a new series of paintings and sculptures that explore a range of fleeting emotions such as boredom, apprehension, serenity and longing. Portrayed through her playful lens, the youthful artist’s high chroma artworks laced with fluorescent hues reflect her ongoing quest for perpetual childhood and, at the same time, mirror the pains and hopes in our ever-changing environment.

When: Saturday, 10 October to Saturday, 14 November, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm (closed on Mondays and Sundays)
Where: G/F, Over the Influence, 159 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2617 9829, [email protected]
How much: Free entry, book your visit here

Oct Art Shows: Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors

Best known for her vibrant, acid-toned historic paintings, Los Angeles-based artist Rosson Crow presents a new body of extravagant interior and landscape works for Smoke and Mirrors, another upcoming Over the Influence exhibition. Rosson uses a mix of acrylic, spray paint, oil and photo transfers to create hallucinatory perspectives in her paintings. This solo exhibition is an extension of the artist’s previous bodies of work rooted in histories saturated with nostalgia and anxiety.

When: Saturday, 24 October to Saturday, 21 November, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm (closed on Mondays and Sundays)
Where: G/F, Over the Influence, 159 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2617 9829, [email protected]
How much: Free entry, book your visit here


K11 Art & Cultural Centre

Immerse yourself in art and nature on the sixth floor of K11 MUSEA, which is now home to the K11 Art & Cultural Centre – a brand new multi-purpose cultural space. Alongside K11 MUSEA’s existing collection of over 40 featured artworks, the nearly 10,000 square-metre art space features an inspiring set of international works from the likes of Mary Weatherford, Erwin Wurm and Yayoi Kusama. Highlights include Yayoi’s piece titled The Moment of Regeneration, which depicts the psychological state of human nature in the modern age, along with the three sculptures scattered around the neighbouring K11 Sculpture Park.

When: Open daily
Where: 6/F, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Contact: 3892 3890, [email protected]
How much: Free entry

Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint 

Incorporating new elements into HKMOA’s permanent Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum series, Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint tracks the people and stories behind the collection. Featuring Chinese antiques, paintings, calligraphy and China Trade Art, alongside modern and Hong Kong art, this exhibition will open your eyes and allow you to see the city from a whole new viewpoint.

When: Until Sunday, October 11, 10am to 5pm (gallery closed on Thursdays)
Where: The Lab, 5/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Contact: 2721 0116, [email protected]
How much: Free entry


Before departing Hong Kong to pursue a Masters in Photography in London, home-grown artist and photographer Lean Lui will host one final exhibition, entitled Epoch. It features a range of the 21-year-old’s creations, spanning both her abstract and life-oriented pieces. The synoptic exhibition will be divided into chapters comprising surgical theatres, religion and the women she admires in her life.

When: Until 12 October, Daily, 11am to 9pm
Where: Tomorrow Maybe, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong
Contact: 2710 1947
How much: Free entry

City Vein Lines

Looking to get your art and coffee fix in one go? Head to sustainable coffee shop Colour Brown x PHVLO HATCH where you will find the work of contemporary artist Alison Hui displayed on the walls. Alison expresses her imaginative view of Sham Shui Po and gives a nod to the area’s key role in Hong Kong’s long-running textile industry, incorporating textile scraps into a number of her artworks. Head here for a virtual sneak peek of the art on display.

When: Until Friday, 16 October, Daily, 10:30am to 7pm
Where: Colour Brown x PHVLO HATCH, G/F, 13 Wong Chuk Hang Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Contact: 2791 7128
How much: Free entry

Dreams Coming True

Wai Wai had always dreamed of being a painter since she was young. In 2016, she resigned from her graphic designer job to hold her first solo exhibition in which she showcased her illustrations about Hong Kong small shops. She continued to paint and make a living from her art and will be presenting more of her works at Loupe’s exhibition space, further proving that no dream is too large.

When: Until Tuesday, 20 October, Daily, 12pm to 7pm
Where: Loupe, H410, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2623 2272, [email protected]
How much: Free entry

Virginia Overton

Repurposing objects she encounters in a range of environments – from agricultural to industrial materials – Virginia presents new sculptures to the public in her first solo exhibition in Asia. Also on display will be several works on paper, in which she has used adhesive vinyl to create 3D-like graphic compositions. Known for her minimalist yet dramatic sculpture work, she has chosen to explore the history of her chosen medium and extends its purpose to uncover new narratives.

When: Until Saturday, 14 November
Where: White Cube Hong Kong, 50 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2592 2000, [email protected]
How much: Free entry (by appointment only)email to book

Household Gods

Not-for-profit arts organisation HART is proud to present the first exhibition born from its arts programme, which hopes to offer new insights into our complicated and currently uncertain world. The group exhibition presents the works of four Hong Kong-based artists – Nadim Abbas, Shane Aspegren, Tap Chan and Wu Jiaru – encompassing paintings, sculptures, art installations and sound work. In addition to a digital publication detailing the inspirations behind each work, a series of conversations featuring curator Ying Kwok and the artists will be live-streamed from HART Haus in Kennedy Town, offering behind-the-scenes insights.

When: Until Saturday, 21 November, Daily, 11am to 8pm
Where: HART Hall, G/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2908 8044, [email protected]
How much: Free entry

Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong

This unique exhibition features research-based works by 10 local artists responding to the shared history and collective memories of Hong Kong. Each artist takes a different approach, but together their works culminate in an engaging and visually impactful collection that will prompt you to delve into the past, savour the present and contemplate the future.

When: Until Sunday, 3 January, 2021, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm (last Thursday of the month, 11am to 8pm)
Where: Chantal Miller Gallery, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Contact: 2103 9511, [email protected] society.org
How much: Free entry

Beneath the Surface: Chinese Inlay; Japanese Maki-e; and European Cloisonné Enamel

Liang Yi Museum’s spring exhibition, Beneath the Surface, features over 200 artefacts from the museum’s permanent collections which focus on the ancient techniques of Chinese mother-of-pearl and semi-precious stones inlay, alongside Japanese lacquer (maki-e) and European cloisonné enamel. Highlights include a pair of 18th century Chinese tables inlaid with semi-precious stones, a Japanese maki-e shelf from the mid-to late-20th century, and a set of silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel tea and coffee service sets crafted for Tiffany & Co.

When: Until March 2021, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Where: Liang Yi Museum, 181-199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: 2806 8280, [email protected]
How much: $200 (includes a guided tour); free entry for full-time students on Wednesdays


Featured image courtesy of Xoloplastics, image 1 courtesy of Opera Gallery, image 2 courtesy of Contemporary Crafts Centre HK, image 3 courtesy of Crafts on Peel, image 4 courtesy of HKAF at Tai Kwun, image 5 courtesy of The Stallery, image 6 courtesy of Xoloplastics, image 7 courtesy of f22 via Facebook, image 8 courtesy of Over the Influence, image 9 courtesy of courtesy of Over the Influence.

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