Art Week 2016: Things You Can't Miss
Hong Kong is a burgeoning art market, so it comes as little surprise that we’re also home to a growing community of art lovers. The way some of the city’s biggest art events have grown in the last few years is proof to how quickly the art scene is developing. We can't wait to see how it keeps growing.
Art Week is more exciting than ever, this year’s festivities start from the 21st to the 27th of March and include the return of Art Basel, Art Central, HKwalls, Asia Contemporary Art Show, and several more highly-anticipated events. So skip your Easter vacation and spend in HK, celebrating art.
Here’s the events you want to check out:
Hong Kong’s homegrown art fair, Art Central, will be returning for its second annual edition at the Central Harbourfront this month. This year, the fair has expanded to over 100 hand-picked galleries from 20 countries across the world (most of which are greater Asia) as well as 30 new names that will be making its Hong Kong debut. Highlights include interactive installations, art panels, a kinetic crystal ‘Sundew’ installation by British Chinese artist Elaine Yan Ling Ng with Swarovski and 12 new works from Jacky Tsai with The Cat Street Gallery.
There will also be plenty to eat and drink as well. Art Central will be host to an exclusive pop-up of Black Sheep Restaurant’s latest concept, Belon, as well as alfresco street food from Beef & Liberty, Brickhouse and more.
HKWalls is back with a street art festival for all. A group of artists from Hong Kong and abroad will be painting murals on the streets of Sham Shui Po throughout art week and a selection of their print work will also be showcased at a gallery where screenings of related films and talks will also take place. In the words of co-founder Jason Dembski: “Hkwalls is a people’s festival [and] Sham Shui Po embraces grassroots and entrepreneurial spirits, just as we do.”
Asia Contemporary Art Show
Hong Kong will once again be host to the 8th edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show with over 2,500 works of art from Hong Kong, China, Asia, Australia, North and South America and Europe. In fact, most of the works will be exhibited in Hong Kong for the first time. What makes this so special is that you’ll even get the chance to meet with collectors and many of the artists who are exhibiting the the show. This year’s featured artists include Mario Gomez and his vibrant paintings from Chile, Yang Yanling’s beautiful floral paintings and Japanese pop art artist Hiroyuki Takahashi.
The Asia Contemporary Art Show will take place from 24th through 27th. Tickets are 220HKD with one complimentary ticket if you book online through HKTicketing.
Zuma After Art
ZUMA will be hosting the second Absolut Art Bar to bring the Absolut Spirituality Ashram to the Landmark-based bar and lounge. Inspired by the artist’s spiritual guide, Guru Jimmy, ZUMA will offer four rainbow-coloured cocktails in addition to vibrant maki and interpretative fruit platters. Guests who present their ticket from Art Central or Art Basel will receive a complimentary cocktail after the purchase of their first beverage at the bar from 8pm.
The Art Bar will be open from 12pm daily during Art Week, making ZUMA the perfect place to mingle after visiting Art Central or Art Basel.
Event Horizon Art Week Tours
Loving the Gourmley statues but can't find them all? Join the Art Week tour! Curator, Cassius Taylor-Smith, has arranged intimate tours of the works for those interested to visit all 31 sculptures and to gain a deeper insight into the artist’s mind when curating the sculptures against the Hong Kong skyline. These tours are for Art Basel & Art Central VIPs and are available from the 22nd to 25th of March at 11am; meetup point is at the PMQ at Staunton St. Space is limited.
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