5 Unique Spaces Every Art Lover Must See
Babette Radclyffe – The Fabulous Fashionista
Art Basel, Asia Contemporary Art Show and hundreds of galleries dotted along Hollywood Road…the list of Hong Kong’s world class fine art events and spaces grows every month. Here’s our picking for the city’s most unique art spaces.
The Popsy Room
The Popsy Room is Hong Kong’s first multi-sensory gallery and its premise is for artists to collaborate and experiment in different media, especially in experiential arts. As well as hosting new exhibitions each month and an event-filled calendar including workshops, pop-ups, creative discussion panels, The Popsy Room also hosts private dining every evening – perfect for those who love fine art and fine food.
This innovative art space was launched in May 2012 and to date is one of the only ‘vertical flow’ galleries in town. Spanning from the third floor to the thirteenth floor, AO Vertical Art Space showcases artworks along its vertiginous internal staircase. For those who are would like to avoid a cardio workout while checking out the exhibitions, start at the top and make your way down for a much easier experience.
Grotto Fine Art
It’s fair to say that this Central-based art gallery is definitely a grotto of emerging Hong Kong artists all of whom are hoping to gain international acclaim. For over a decade Grotto Fine Art has specialised in nurturing and promoting local contemporary artists such as Li Wei-Han Rosanna and Lee Bovey, and to this date is the only gallery in town with this exclusive creative mission.
Cattle Depot Artists’ Village
A former red-bricked slaughterhouse located in Ma Tau Kok, the Cattle Depot Artists’ Village has been renovated and reimagined as a creative space just for local artist. Over a dozen art groups use the space regularly and it also hosts the occasional art exhibition, primarily at gallery 1A Space. This independent, not-for-profit gallery is dedicated to contemporary visual arts and is surely Kowloon’s creative gem.
Sai Ying Pun is fast emerging as a creative competitor to Sheung Wan, with restaurants, bars and art galleries to boot. Sai Ying Pun’s Above Second art gallery specialises in exhibiting a trendy art crowd with works including illustrations, graffiti, comic books, pop culture and street art. After checking out their latest art exhibition, be sure to have a stroll in the neighbourhood along to Sheung Wan where you may see street art come to life along city walls and alleyways.
Fashion and lifestyle journalist Babette Radclyffe-Thomas is based in the concrete jungle of creativity, Hong Kong. Having spent her formative teenage years in Hong Kong, after a MA in Fashion Journalism from the London College of Fashion, the city’s charms lured her back and she has made it her mission to discover the latest creative hotspots and trend setters.