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13 Hidden art spaces you should visit in Hong Kong

Soak up some culture without venturing into high-end galleries

Jenny Leung
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Time Out Hong Kong
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Jenny Leung
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Art can be found just about anywhere, even in the unlikeliest of places. For those looking to step up their culture game in Hong Kong, we've scoured the city beyond mainstream galleries to reveal smaller art spaces and venues tucked away from plain sight. Check out some of our favourite spots below!

RECOMMENDED: Get your cultural fix and explore Hong Kong's top museums.

Hidden art spaces in Hong Kong

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  • Sheung Wan

13a New Street Art Gallery is a community-focused art space formed by a group of young artists, designers, and creators. Sitting quietly along New Street in Sheung Wan, the venue supports local and international artists by hosting regular exhibitions, lectures, and workshops to introduce a diverse range of artworks to the community. The gallery has so far welcomed the likes of Mr.Likey, 2Choey, and @surrealhk to showcase their artworks at the venue.

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  • Causeway Bay

Marrying the concepts of an exhibition space and a retail shop, Amaz By Lokianno features different zones where visitors can discover hundreds of art toys from acclaimed creators around the world, selected collectibles available for purchase, a designer artwork area showcasing exhibits, an NFT area featuring art from the virtual realms, and a blind box zone with designer toys, IP series, mini Japanese furniture, watches and more. Perfect place to visit and shop for trendy art collectors.

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  • Ma Tau Kok

Formerly an animal quarantine depot and slaughterhouse, Cattle Depot Artist Village was renovated and converted into a local art community in 2001 – well ahead of revitalisation projects like PMQ and Tai Kwun. The site is free for the public to enter and explore as exhibitions and open days are held throughout the year by different art studios based in the village. 

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  • Tsim Sha Tsui

A multi-purpose art venue located within K11 Art Mall, the Chi K11 Art Space hosts some of the city's cooleste art exhibitions. The venue's vast empty spaces and unusual layout allows versatility for each show to fully utilise the space and take on a life of its own, from interactive new media works to large scale murals to highly Instagrammable displays. 

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  • Sham Shui Po

Current Plans (formerly Present Projects) is an experimental art space and shop founded in late 2020. They often showcase various contemporary art projects and produce art editions in collaboration with local and international creatives. They also have a concept shop that sells a range of limited edition products such as hand pinch ceramics, Tees, photobooks, zines and more.

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  • Tin Wan

Located by the Aberdeen waterfront in Tin Wan, Empty Gallery is a one-of-a-kind art space. What sets this gallery apart from the rest is that it’s almost pitch-black inside, like a cinema. Subverting the typical 'white cube' concept of art galleries, this space presents immersive and interactive exhibitions that lead to a full sensory experience of the works displayed. 

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  • Shek Kip Mei

Floating Projects was founded in February 2010 by multi-talented creatives Linda Lai, Joelene Mok, Cheung Yu-tsz, and Lillian Fu. Tucked inside the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Shek Kip Mei, the gallery questions the significance of space and being while providing an experimental space for artists of different generations to meet in conversation and exchange ideas, experiences, knowledge, resource and more.

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  • Tsim Sha Tsui

The images that immediately come to mind when thinking about Harbour City are packed stores and overzealous shoppers. But hidden inside the mall is a scenic gallery that boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Victoria Harbour. The works on display here strive to be accessible. Popular local illustrators and notable Asian artists such as Keigo and Yue Minjun have all made appearances. Take a break from retail therapy and opt for a spot of culture instead.

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  • Yuen Long

Ha Pak Nai is a picture perfect spot for admiring the sunset, take your focus off the golden egg yolk and look for the 19 stunning paintings located along Nim Wan Road. Created by local artist trio Chemiyan, each painting takes inspiration from the area's beautiful scenery and wildlife in order to promote nature conservation.

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  • Tsuen Wan

Forget Taiwan's famous Rainbow Village, we've got our own colourful village filled with cute murals and a rainbow staircase! Located on the foothill of Tai Mo Shan, Kwong Pan Tin Mural Village is arguably the most Insta-worthy villages in Hong Kong, with artworks created by residents and volunteers all around the space. To get there take bus 51 at Tsuen Wan Nina Tower Bus Terminus or minibus 80 at Chuen Lung Street and alight at Kwong Pan Tin Tsuen (Section 2), where you'll see the colourful stairs and walls by the village entrance. 

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  • Peng Chau

Walk down Wing On Street and keep your eye out for a colourfully graffitied doorway bearing the words ‘Leather Factory’. This doorway leads to a former – you guessed it – leather factory and a Grade III cultural monument site that has been revitalised and turned into an artsy junkyard with freeform sculptures and decorations. It's an Instagrammer's dream.

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  • Wan Chai

Established with the belief that art should be owned and enjoyed, Odd One Out is an art shop slash exhibition space that showocases a range of fun and quirky artworks by a mixed pool of international and local artists. There are also other artsy delights such as greeting cards, stationery, books, and homeware that will make a great addition to your apartment, or as a gift for a special someone.

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  • Fortress Hill

Established under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s aegis, Oil Street Art Space provides a platform for young artists to experiment with and showcase their art. Housed inside a Grade II historic building that was once the Royal Hong Kong Yacht clubhouse, this place supports the city’s emerging talents. Witness their fresh take on the world. 

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