28 March, 2024
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Your Insider Look At Art Central 2024: What To Expect & Our Favourites

28 March, 2024
art central hong kong 2024 galleries exhibition artists whats on

Here’s your ultimate guide to Art Central 2024, with everything to know, the exhibitions, galleries and artists to keep an eye out for and our favourite exhibitions to check out.

It’s Hong Kong Arts Month, and we’ve been waiting for the return of the city’s biggest art-related events, exhibitions and fairs like Art Central! Now you’ve probably 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 2024 so we’re here to break it all down for you, point you toward some of our personal favourites and share a few tips. Read on for everything to see, and know, at Art Central 2024 — taking place this year at the Central Harbourfront from Thursday, 28 to Sunday, 31 March.

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What Is Art Central?
When Is Art Central 2024 & What To Know
Art Central 2024 Highlights
Our Favourite Art Central 2024 Displays

What Is Art Central?

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.

Art Central’s charm is pretty clear: the fair calls itself an “incubator of art” and delivers on that promise. Art Central 2024 features 98 galleries (and over 500 artists!), with 70% from Asia and nearly a third operating spaces in Hong Kong. The ninth edition returns to full size and its original location and presents the Fair’s most extensive programming and cutting-edge gallery selection to date.

Read More: Your Ultimate Guide To Art Galleries In Hong Kong

When Is Art Central 2024 & What To Know

Art Central will take place at the Central Harbourfront from Thursday, 28 to Sunday, 31 March, running from 12pm to 5pm on the first day and closing at 5pm on Saturday. You can find the rest of the dates and opening hours on the site here.

When: Thursday, 28 to Sunday, 31 March
Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Hong Kong
How much: From $210 to $270; $210 for weekday, $270 for weekend; Full price – $250 for Weekday, $310 for Weekend. More pricing details are hereBuy your tickets at HK Ticketing.

Night Central 2024

Book tickets for Night Central on the opening night, running from 5pm to 9pm for continued art scenes, more talks and live performances and plenty of drinks and nibbles!

When: Thursday, 28 March, 5pm to 9pm
Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Hong Kong
How much: $550 for two adults. Buy your tickets at HK Ticketing.

Food & Drinks At Art Central

  • Eat Central by Black Sheep featuring favourites like Chôm Chôm, Maison Libanaise, Butter Cookies, Messina and an exclusive preview of Jean-Pierre
  • Soho House pop-up bar designed by Taxa, a Japanese artist based in Hong Kong
  • illy blends whilst discovering the latest illy Art Collection signed by artist Lee Ufan

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Art Central 2024 Highlights

As you walk around the fair, booths and spaces will have each participating gallery, or galleries, and which platform they are all clearly labelled — indicating what’s being showcased. Below are quick highlights to check out at Art Central.

A Sultry World – Sunayama Norico

Presented in partnership with CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile), this is the first installation you’ll come across as you enter Art Central and it’s undoubtedly the most prominent. Featuring a sublime red dress that straddles the boundary between the public and the private, don’t miss the performance every two hours.

Art-is-Here-Picnic – Enoch Cheng

Join local artists and cultural practitioners in a picnic (yes, there’s literally a picnic mat right in the middle of Art Central!) where you can discuss the impact of art on every day life and more.

Shadow Boxing – Ho Sin Tung

Another large-scale installation to look for, Ho Sin Tung’s Shadow Boxing is inspired by the artist’s passion for martial arts and the discipline and self-awareness required mentally and physically to master the sport.

Chimera – Andrea Samory

Named after a fictional creature from the Greek mythology, Chimera represents nature’s capability for endless growth despite the circumstances and consequences. The 3D-printed resin and lacquer structure is terrifying as it as realistic!

Threadless Renewal – Sangsun Bae

Kyoto-based Korean artist Sangsun Bae’s installation featuring the traditional Korean craft of maedeup explores womanhood and the female resilience that is both strong and delicate. From the idea of forging new connections, such as through marriage, often referred to as “tying the knot,” or through childbirth, represented by the umbilical cord, Threadless Renewal is a powerful creation you can’t miss.

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Colony – Jarupatcha Achavasmit

The closer you look, the more you’ll marvel. Jarupatcha Achavasmit’s Colony and Mutations installations are intricately sewn together using recycled fabric and raw materials, think PET yarn, wool, brass and copper powder.

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A Few More Favourites At Art Central 2024

It’s so hard to narrow down to a few choice displays, and we’d really recommend taking your time and dedicating a few hours to touring the space!

This year features plenty of overseas galleries, from the Asia Pacific region and more, with both local and international artists around to chat to. Some gorgeous pieces are on sale too — this fair might be the perfect opportunity to start your art-collecting journey!

Piet van den Boog’s Vincent’s Walk Through The Sunflower, presented by Zemack Contemporary Art, A17

Emily Allchurch’s Towers of Babel: Hong Kong, presented by Karin Weber Gallery, B04

Martin Riese’s The Spirit of Hong Kong, presented by Zone A Gallery, D7

Hyun Joung Lee’s Infinity Path, presented by A Gallery, B19

Ilhwa Kim’s Tactile Tenderness, presented by HOFA, B11

Sueyon Yang’s The Impossible Bottle – Reserved Sky, presented by Art Projects Gallery, D9

Lewis Lau’s Haven, presented by Touch Gallery, A05 & A07

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Editor’s Note: “Your Guide To Art Central 2024” was most recently updated on 28 March 2024 by Fashila Kanakka. 

Main image courtesy of Art Central, image 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 courtesy of Art Central and the respective artists, all other images courtesy of Fashila Kanakka for Sassy Media Group.

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