It’s March in the 852 and you know what that means – Hong Kong’s art scene is coming out to play. Art Central, one of Hong Kong’s newest contemporary art fairs, is putting our local artists and galleries on the map by showcasing homegrown artists alongside some of the movers and shakers around the world. With over 75 galleries involved (such as 1993 Contemporary Shanghai above), it’s safe to say that we’re absolutely chuffed.
It’s a pretty Central based affair, meaning it’s pretty easy to navigate with one of their maps. Fashionistas should also look out for J. Crew‘s separately sponsored art area called RISE, which will showcase their own selection of artists. There’s almost certainly something for every art buff and newbie alike! Those of you looking to add a little colour to those dreary Hong Kong days will definitely want to head on over to the CAIS, Chalk Horse, Mur Nomade and Metro Art Gallery’s exhibitions (top left clockwise) – all distinctly different, but all packing an evocative rainbow punch.
If you’re a fan of digital art and photography like me, you’ll want to chart a course for Visonairs Gallery Paris, Zemack Contemporary Art, +MAS: ARTE CONTEMPRORANEO and The Fine Art Society Contemporary’s collections scattered about the town (images starting top left clockwise).
I’m also pretty taken by the looks of the quirky sculptures by Dillon Gallery above right (waffle shoes? Too cool) and the heartbreaking porcelain pieces over at Sundaram Tagore Gallery’s collection. On top of all that, Art Central’s got their own art projects coming up including vibrant Native American inspired beading pieces by American artist Jeffrey, a fun collaboration with Swarovski and modern Chinese ink painter Lan Zhenghui’s site-specific installation. If neither of those tickle your fancy, just nip on over here to see who else is involved; from the wacky to the super minimal, they’ve got it all.
If you’re looking to go a little deeper, SCAD Hong Kong’s students are doing daily tours for those who find it all a little intimidating (I’m throwing my hand up here) or want to learn a little more about the works. There’s also a number of cool free talks with industry insiders and artists that’ll be sure to get your creative juices flowing – we’re loving the look of the From Under the Umbrella talk on Sunday, which revolves around our city’s changing cultural identity and the Downloading the King of Kowloon in Brookyln one on Monday. You also won’t want to miss Cindy Ng’s performance piece Ink in Motion on Saturday, combining dance and art in a beautifully transient fifteen minutes.
It doesn’t end at the art either! Art Central’s making sure they’ve not only got some of the best sights to see, but also the best noms to keep you satisfied. The Continental Restaurant and Bar and its award-winning chef, Rowley Leigh, will be whipping up a number of inspired European menus that’ll take you from palette to palette, and luckily it’s smack bang in the middle of all the action with its very own art installation by Taylor Kuffner. If you want a bit of fresh air and hubbub to go with your food, there’s also a Street Food terrace where HK favourites like Classified and Beef & Liberty will be serving up their goods – naturally with a spot of vino to go with the proceedings!
But that’s enough from us, ladies. It’s time to plan to start planning your art crawl.
Tickets are priced at $200 for two adults, given that you book before Friday 13 March. After that, general tickets are priced at $200 for adults, $110 for senior citizens, $50 for full time students and children under 12 go free with a paying adult. Tickets are available online here!
Art Central, www.artcentralhongkong.com