Take a stroll along Hong Kong's exciting streets of Sheung Wan and Sham Shui Po and you're never short of colourful graffiti and artwork covering walls, shutters and streets. Here are our pick of the best spots.
Street Art in Old Town Central
Iconic retail store Goods of Desire (aka G.O.D.) commissioned revered graffiti artist Alex Croft for the creation of a mural on the side of its Old Town Central store, on the corner of Graham Street and Hollywood Road.
Coined ‘Yaumati Graffiti’ it was completed by Alex in November 2012 and has become
one of the most photographed and shared walls in Hong Kong. Be sure to stroll past this popular stopping point to capture your own Instagram-worthy shot.
Seoul Brothers / Yuk Yip Desserts
On the space beneath this Korean fast-food outlet and adjacent to century old dai pai dong (open air food stall) Yuk Yip Desserts, this creative backdrop gives the impression of dining in the presence of graceful ladies and gentlemen propped up at the bar. Find this on the corner of Elgin Street.
HK Walls – Sheung Wan
HK Walls is a non-profit arts organisation that aims to create opportunities for local and international artists to showcase their talent through street art. An annual street art festival is held each year during Hong Kong Arts Month in March, as well as year-round programmes to support artists. The majority of the wall art began in the areas and alleyways around Sheung Wan, but now you’ll find colourful murals all over Hong Kong.
The creation below can be found in the alleyway between Upper Staunton Street and Sai Street.
Shutter Art in Sham Shui Po
Home to nascent talent from its young creative residents, Sham Shui Po is an authentic district known for its wealth of fabric stores where accliamed designers source their threads.
Alongside this, a series of shutters have been colourfully decorated by local artists, as part of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation‘s HK Urban Canvas project. The community art initiative brings together artists and students to create twenty works of shutter art that reflect the close relationship between communities, residents and local culture.
Guided walking tours in English are running this spring, and further tours are available on request. There is even an augmented reality-enabled mobile app to get an idea of the artworks even when shops are open and shutters are not visible.
Urban Cool in Wan Chai
A three-story art space in the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Pao Galleries has showcased works of innumerable world-class contemporary artists, including Andy Warhol, Antony Gormley, and Roy Lichtenstein to the city since 1977. Its annual Collectors’ Contemporary Collaboration (CCC) held in March, and the Annual Flagship Exhibition in December are in any art-lover’s calendar.
Elsewhere, ArtOne is home to more than a handful of art galleries with a focus on world-class contemporary and traditional Chinese artists and select international works. Just a stone’s throw from the Convention Centre and the Wan Chai harbor, this 15,000 square-foot contemporary art space plays host to regular exhibitions, pop-ups, and even art auctions, throughout the year.
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