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Hong Kong Arts Month

Every March, the city revels in the annual Hong Kong Arts Month, when local and overseas artists converge to bring about inspiring programmes including exhibitions, dance, music, theatre and more. In addition to major international events, take time to explore vibrant neighbourhoods and art communities where hidden masterpieces are waiting to help you discover the soul of Hong Kong.

Stay tuned for details on the 2019 event!


A down-to-earth neighbourhood with street-level arts reflecting the everyday life of its community, as well as the textiles and crafts shops that the area is known for.

Shutter Art
A group of local artists created unique works of shutter art to showcase the shop owners and reflect their personalities and the stories behind their business. The powerful images commemorate local history, collective memories and important contributions from the community.

Sham Shui Po with Jonathan Jay Lee — Content provided by Black Buddha Media Group
Sham Shui Po with Jonathan Jay Lee

Award-winning illustrator and artist Jonathan Jay Lee creates everything from comic book covers to hand-painted trainers in hyperrealistic style. One of his favourite places is the neighbourhood where he lives and works — Sham Shui Po, which he describes as being a true and raw slice of Hong Kong. Seeking real-world inspiration for urban art, he likes to wander around the bustling markets of Apliu Street and stroll through public housing estates. Aside from teaching at the historical Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) campus, he often visits paper and tea shops as well as art installations around the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) and Man Fung Building.

292 Tai Po Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
+852 2253 8044
30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon
+852 2353 1311
 Man Fung Building
180 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

South Island Cultural District: a Quiet Haven for Contemporary Art

If you like a treasure-hunt approach to discovering art, this neighbourhood is for you. In this quiet seaside district, you’ll find creative spaces tucked away in a number of industrial buildings. Called the South Island Cultural District, the area has become a perfect cradle for not only experiential artwork in various media, but also independent restaurants and non-profit studios.

Check out their website for a map.

Aberdeen with Yokky Wong — Content provided by Black Buddha Media Group
Aberdeen with Yokky Wong

Everything about Aberdeen, a tranquil area on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, influences Yokky Wong and her work. The ceramicist often strolls along the waterfront promenade for fresh air, and chats with fisherman and other locals at the Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market. On occasion she visits the Tin Hau Temple, where she sees locals worship and give thanks to the sea. These pieces of her daily life are often reflected in her naturalistic art, such as the dried fish she uses to form patterns on her ceramics. Her gallery is one of many in the growing arts community of Wong Chuk Hang, and even more studios and galleries can be found at creative hub, The Factory.

 Aberdeen Promenade
Aberdeen Praya Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island
  Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market
102 Shek Pai Wan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island
+852 2177 7872
 The Factory
1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island
 Tin Hau Temple — Aberdeen
182 Aberdeen Main Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island

Fo Tan Industrial Area

A friendly art cluster where you’ll find art studios run by painters, sculptors, calligraphers, illustrators, film makers and more.

Fo Tan with Sim Chan — Content provided by Black Buddha Media Group
Sim Chan

The industrial region of Fo Tan isn’t necessarily known for art, but creatives like Sim Chan have made it home because it’s still relatively undeveloped and inexpensive to live in. The neighbourhood has become a haven for artists, with studios such as Joy Art Club and workshops where visitors can browse works for sale and meet artists of every medium. You can tell Chan is influenced by his surroundings: his paintings and installations often reflect the tension between the clustered world of manufacturing and the natural beauty of Hong Kong. His workspace, filled with tools, wood and dowels, is open to the public during the Fo Tan Open Studios period, as are the studios of many other artists. You can also pop by Plaza Ascot for a bite, or a look at the Art Supply Store.

 Joy Art Club
Unit 2, 14/F, Block A, Wah Luen Industrial Centre, 15–21 Wong Chuk Yeung Street, Fo Tan, New Territories
+852 9332 0424
 Art Supply Store
Room 18, 3/F, Goldfield Industrial Centre, 1 Sui Wo Road, Fo Tan, New Territories
+852 8202 9090
 Fo Tan Studios
Wah Luen Industrial Building, 15–21 Wong Chuk Yeung Street, Fo Tan, New Territories
+852 9332 0424
 Plaza Ascot
1 Tsun King Road, Fo Tan, New Territories
Tel: +852 2687 6612

A to Z of Hong Kong’s Art Scene — Content provided by Black Buddha Media Group

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Hong Kong in itself is a unique aesthetic — from the architectural overload of the city to the rare natural landscapes of the island, Hong Kong’s vibrant textures, amazing food, and fast-paced lifestyle is what makes the art scene come to life — there’s inspiration around every corner.

In Hong Kong, you can see art sculpted and built by the bare hands of numerous clay cerami-cists, like Alan Lai Chi Kong in Fo Tan and Yokky Wong in Aberdeen.

There are now more gallerists, curators and tastemakers than ever before, including Alan Lo, co-founder of Duddell’s and the Press Room Group, and Johnson Chang, director of Hanart TZ Gallery.

Photography has its own culture and scene. Check out Image Playground, which sells camera gear and offers shared darkroom space to help foster the community.

Hong Kong is renowned for its bright lights and neon streetscapes. Take in the neon washed streets around Nathan Road and the eclectic life along Temple Street. The city itself is one giant art piece.

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