Here’s a handy guide to Art Central 2022, with everything to know, the team’s favourite exhibitions to check out and more!
You’ve read summaries and maybe even the visitor information on the site, but navigating the maze-like Art Central fair can still be tricky. Luckily, Team Sassy walked around Art Central for hours (our step counting apps were ringing!) so we’re here to break it all down for you, point you towards some of our personal favourites and share a few tips. Read on for everything to see and know about at Art Central 2022!
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Running alongside Art Basel Hong Kong, this year’s edition of Art Central is also held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre — so make sure to look up and follow the right banner!
A “cornerstone event of Hong Kong Art Week” (we like to call them headliners), Art Central is one of the city’s most anticipated fairs, not just in Hong Kong but in the Asia Pacific region. The contemporary art fair really showcases new, emerging talent, consistently promoting up-and-coming local artists and galleries alongside more established creators and greats.
Art Central’s charm is pretty clear: the fair calls itself an “incubator of art” and it delivers on that promise. This year saw 52 galleries participating in total, with a whopping 20 joining for the very first time and plenty of artists making a debut at this year’s show with a solo exhibition (more on that later!).
What To Know
Art Central opened to the public yesterday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fair will close on Sunday, 29 May at 6pm. You can find the rest of the dates and opening hours on the site here.
You can make your way to the HKCEC in whichever way you’d like. With the opening of the shiny new East Rail Line Cross-Harbour Extension, we trialled getting to the centre from its very own Exhibition Centre Station. Take Exit B3, go up the escalator and then follow the signs on the footbridge to get to the HKCEC. Once you walk into the centre, the escalator for Art Central will be on your right at the Harbour Road entrance.
When: Friday, 27 May to Saturday 28 May, 11am to 7pm; Sunday 29 May, 11am to 6pm
Where: Halls 3FG, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: From $150 to $250 — buy your tickets at HK Ticketing here.
Art Central 2022 Highlights
If you’ve already given the site a skim or are familiar with the fair, you might know about its sectors and projects, as well as the dedicated programme with Asia Society Hong Kong Centre. But as a refresh (or a catchup!) for the rest of us, here’s what makes up Art Central 2022.
As you walk around the fair, booths and spaces will have participating galleries and which platform they are clearly labelled, indicating what’s being showcased.
These platforms include:
- Yi Tai sculpture and installation projects, curated by Qu Chang. These are scattered all over the exhibition space. One of our favourites is Afa Annfa’s “The Magical Hoop”, presented by JPS Art Gallery — a pop-up street-front laundromat and living room connected by a porthole.
- Duk Dak solo presentations, named after a Cantonese phrase that means “individually special”. Booths with this label are showcasing solo artist projects, featuring emerging and established talent presented by their representing galleries. A highlight is Dami Kim, presented by Odds and Ends — a gallery that opened just this year and is joining Art Central for the first time.
- Gwo Wai curated booths, developed specially for the fair.
- And Chung Dim Central Galleries, representing leading artists from across the globe.
- The UOB Art Space 2022, featuring a newly commissioned interactive ink art installation by Hong Kong-based artist Desmond Leung comprising 12 digital display screens.
- And the Gok Dou LIVE programme by Asia Society Hong Kong Center, which brings together artists, curators, collectors, writers, publishers, and critics for panel discussions, one-on-ones and interviews alongside video art screenings. You can see the full schedule here.
Team Sassy’s Picks
This list is by no means exhaustive, and we’d really encourage you to take a few hours out and visit each and every booth and interact with gallerists and artists! Here are some of the works that caught our eye:
Dog Dreams by Lousy, presented by Square Street Gallery, B24
We loved the printable colouring book up for grabs on the booth’s outer wall and walked around to see a foil statue and loud, bright pieces.
Coins – Memories of Hong Kong by Giraffe Leung, presented by La Galerie Paris 1839, A3
Our Partnerships Support Executive Kiran’s favourite, a beautiful piece made up entirely of 20 cent coins.
Life: Countryside by Ryota Unno, presented by Art Projects Gallery, A10
From afar, these pieces look like traditional Japanese scroll paintings but as the gallerists told us, Ryota Unno’s work is about injecting humour and reality — upon closer inspection, you’ll find everything from folklore figures (like fox kitsune spirits) to cartoon characters (Totoro makes an appearance in another Unno piece).
The 2022 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, A11
This series of works features artists from 16 regions across Asia-Pacific, with backgrounds including Bangladesh and the Philippines across various mediums like cloths and fabric, oil on linen and more.
Split by Kwabena Lartey, presented by Art Perspective, A19
Partnering with the Noldor Residency (Institute Museum of Ghana), ART PERSPECTIVE is showcasing new, emerging African talent alongside its rosters of masters. Kwabena Lartey is young, with gorgeous pieces to his name.
Cityscape Series by Shazia Imran, presented by AAD Gallery Australia, B19
Shazia Imran flew to Hong Kong for Art Central, so make sure to have a chat with her if you spot her! We loved this sunset and sunrise cityscape series, where the location, Shazia told us, was whatever we interpreted it to be.
The Made in Hong Kong Special Exhibition at A15-A16
Over 650 individual artwork applications were received for this special exhibition — only 65 works by 40 artists were selected!