The best new independent art spaces in Hong Kong
Independent art spaces are popping up all around the city, helping to quench Hongkongers’ thirst for all things creative. Marie Wolf and Meera Toraskar round up the best of these exciting new institutions Since a revamped PMQ opened to the public at the end of 2014, the city’s independent art scene has gone from strength to strength. It’s expanded beyond the traditional areas of Aberdeen and Hollywood Road, with artists across all mediums now enjoying greater space and freedom to showcase and discuss their work across town. Here are some of Hong Kong’s hottest independent art platforms… The Mills Originally a cotton mill, this 1960s Tsuen Wan factory building is set to take on a new lease of life. Slated to open in 2018, the 264,000 sq ft space will be home to a community for the fashion textile industry while creating a financially sustainable social ecosystem. The Mills will consist of three major spaces. First is Mills Fabrica, a gallery and shopping area focused on the business of fashion, aiming to help young creators and small start-ups kickstart their future. An art gallery is planned, which hopes to attract local and global creative communities while operating on a fully non-profit basis (the gallery is in fact already operating under the name Mill6 in a Sheung Wan pop-up). The final component, Shopfloor, should be a space showcasing the work of artists, designers and local talents and giving shoppers the opportunity to interact with the creators behind the pieces.
The Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum is transformed into unique art exhibition
Kom Tong Hall was built in 1914 and is an integral part of Central’s history. It was once the home of Ho Kom-tong, the younger brother of businessman Sir Robert Ho-tung, and was subseqently owned by the Chang family and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, it’s now better known as the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, a venue that holds one of the new 'Hi! Houses' exhibitions organised by the Art Promotion Office. Renowned local artist Wilson Shieh is behind the exhibition, which runs until June 30. Here, Shieh presents a new perspective on both Kom Tong Hall and the founding father of the Republic of China, Dr Sun Yat-sen himself. Having grown up in the Central area, Shieh used to pass by the hall every day on his way to the King’s College, where he attended secondary school. As a result, he has an intimate relationship with both the area and the hall, having visited the building and the museum on many occasions at different times in his life. Translating this relationship into artwork in the exhibition, Shieh has created a wonderful set of colourful decorative screens that tell the story of the various stages of Dr Sun Yat-sen’s life. Shieh says: “Although many local people know the name of Dr Sun because of his status as a huge historical figure, people often feel quite distant from this figure.” This notion is something Shieh hopes to change through this exhibition. His artworks bring vibrant colours and eye-catching images to the museum, creating a sense of i
Ten local galleries to see at Art Basel Hong Kong
The biggest event in the Hong Kong art calendar is back! With Art Central having already kicked-off Hong Kong Art Week, Art Basel Hong Kong now returns for its fifth edition, gathering more than 3,000 artists and 242 galleries from 34 countries and cities. From up-and-coming talents to established names, enjoy amazing artwork and creations throughout the three-day event. Visit the booths of 10 of our favourite local galleries participating in the international fair and pop along to the home of one of the top art galleries in Hong Kong or find things to do for the weekend afterwards.