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Crazy for art in Old Town Central

Time Out Hong Kong
  • Written by Time Out Hong Kong
Crazy for art in Old Town Central

One of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Hong Kong, Old Town Central is bursting with creativity on every street corner. This area has everything from experimental stage performances held inside a repurposed depot, to world-class art exhibitions and edgy graffiti that graces the walls of small alleys.


Art and culture hubs

PMQ

PMQ

Formerly the Police Married Quarters, PMQ Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info now houses works by promising young artists and designers in Hong Kong. Not only will you find a fascinating line-up of creative studios and designer products here, but there are also exhibitions and workshops all year round, giving you insights into the local creative scene. That’s not all: several heritage sites still remain at PMQ, such as the Former Central Junior Police Call Clubhouse and the granite stairs and rubble retaining wall of the Central School. 

Fringe Club

Fringe Club

Situated amid the hustle and bustle of Central, Fringe Club Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info distinguishes itself from the surrounding high-rises with a neoclassical exterior made of milky white and brown bricks. Since it inhabited part of the Old Dairy Farm Depot in 1984, the Fringe Club has been a celebrated exhibition and performance venue, and has helped introduce experimental works to the city’s art scene. Catch a host of poetry reading sessions, exhibitions plays and musical performances while you’re here — just check the events calendar ahead of time to see what's on.

Pedder Building

Pedder Building

Housed within this beautiful Beaux-Arts style structure and a Grade 1 historic building is a wonderful range of internationally renowned galleries including the likes of Gagosian and Pearl Lam Galleries. Spanning multiple floors, Pedder Building is the ideal destination for gallery-hopping and discovering works by some of the biggest names and up-and-coming artists in the current global art scene.

Liang Yi Museum

Liang Yi Museum

This private art museum is a shining gem in the heart of Sheung Wan, especially for antiquities lovers. Spanning four-storeys, Liang Yi Museum Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info collects and showcases rare and under-the-radar Chinese antique furniture, as well as European bejewelled clutches, compacts and powder boxes from luxury design brands such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. Make sure to book an appointment if you want to peruse the museum’s fascinating relics.

H Queen’s

H Queen’s

This 24-storey vertical art space is currently home to world-class galleries and auction houses including David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth and Tang Contemporary Art. But what sets H Queen’s Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info apart from other art spaces in the city is its massive venues. Expect an elevated art-viewing experience at these multi-floor galleries and plenty of large-scale installations that wouldn’t fit in other locations.


Street art

21A Lyndhurst Terrace

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It‘s hard to miss the massive portrait of a man surrounded by rising bubbles on the slopes of Cochrane Street. Set against the black mosaic tiles of the building, Hong Kong-based French muralist Elsa Jean de Dieu has injected her signature joy and lightness to the bustling streets of Soho. The mural is also one of many born out of the HK Walls 2018 project.

52-56 Staunton Street

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Almost like a scene from the movie, Inception, Spanish illustrator Cinta Vidal Agulló has created a mind-bending piece featuring inverted architecture and gravity-defying grey buildings. Taking over the facade of Italian bar Stazione Novella, Agulló invites passersby to take a pause and re-examine reality on this steep slope of Aberdeen Street.


ARTLANE

ARTLANE

Discover more wonderful street art Hong Kong has to offer and venture out towards Sai Ying Pun’s ARTLANE , where local and international artists have turned the building walls of Ki Ling Lane and Chung Ching Street into a kaleidoscopic canvas.

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