Arts down south — discover the artsiest venues tucked away in Wong Chuk Hang
Written by Time Out Hong Kong
Wong Chuk Hang has in recent times gained a reputation as one of the city’s most happening districts. Beyond the large factory facades that litter this neighbourhood are hidden cafes, world-class galleries, and art studios. Booming with creativity, these places form a thriving community that adds to Wong Chuk Hang’s distinctive charm. Get ready to go gallery-hopping and discover exciting creative art spaces nestled within this humble art district.
Start your art journey with top-notch coffee and sink your teeth into authentic African cuisine at Africa Coffee & Tea. Welcoming patrons with lush African-style furnishing, the cafe features an exotic hut-like bar, beautiful cushions and tablecloths with African patterns, and numerous wooden sculptures and paintings from Africa — all topped off with a stunning view of Southside’s lush forestry.
Stop 2: de Sarthe Gallery
de Sarthe Gallery is an impressive 9,820sq ft art space that represents and exhibits a diverse spectrum of international artists, from renowned impressionists and modern masters to emerging contemporary artists from Asia.
Stop 3: Sin Sin Fine Art
Founder of Sin Sin Fine Art, Sin Sin Man is a designer and personality with a great love for art — and it's this enthusiasm that personifies her Wong Chuk Hang gallery. Inspired by Indonesian culture, the gallery brings artworks from Indonesia to Hong Kong, while also focusing on 'spiritual and inspiring' pieces from other contemporary talents around the world.
Stop 4: Blindspot Gallery
One of the largest art spaces in Hong Kong, Blindspot Gallery represents and celebrates emerging and established artists locally and from around the region, with a primary focus on contemporary photography, and image-based works, and various mediums.
Stop 5: Ben Brown Fine Arts
Residing inside The Factory at Wong Chuk Hang, Ben Brown Fine Arts has consistently welcomed an impressive list of top-end artists and solo exhibitions from the likes of Ron Arad, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, and Vik Muniz. With a special focus on works by contemporary talents and 20th-century masters, the gallery is perfect for those with a sophisticated taste for art. Before visiting the gallery, don’t forget to snap a pic of the comic strip mural that wraps around the building and car park on the ground floor. The bold yellow and white colours will make a superb backdrop to any photo.
Stop 6: Artjamming
Feeling inspired by all the art you’ve been seeing? Then hop on over to Artjamming and get those creative juices flowing at their 2,000sq ft studio space. Whether you want to search for your inner Picasso, need to let off some steam, or just simply enjoy getting your hands dirty, Artjamming has got you covered. All necessary equipment and paints will be provided, so all you need to do is book a session and choose between painting on a canvas, a tote bag, or a white t-shirt. There’s also a small garden terrace where you can relax and admire the masterpiece (or sloppy mess) that you’ve just created.
Stop 7: E Tat Factory Building
Aside from art galleries, numerous murals can be found around the neighbourhood of Wong Chuk Hang thanks to the 2017 edition of the HKWalls festival. Turning building facades into blank canvases for street artists, the festival welcomed creative talents such as Spanish artist Spok, who created an eye-catching large-scale mural on the side of E Tat Factory Building. The mural featuring a giant dragon and snake hybrid entangling a hand, injects a bold and dramatic energy into the neighbourhood.
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