Still waiting for the next Art Basel to come? If you are craving for a whole new dimension of art sites in Hong Kong, head to South Island Cultural District (SICD) where you can encounter a spectrum of artworks. With venues dispersed across Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen and Tin Wan, SICD is composed of 19 local and international contemporary art galleries, artist studios and non-commercial art spaces. Here are some of the art spaces that you might want to visit.
1. Blindspot Gallery
Are you particularly enticed to visual and media art? Established in 2010, Blindspot Gallery shed a new light on contemporary photography and image-based art, which has now extended to involve diverse media in contemporary art. Immerse yourself in a rich audiovisual art experience provided by local and international artists.
Artworks featured in the Blindspot Gallery centred around the ‘Black and White’ theme.
Luke Ching Chin Wai: Liquefied Sunshine
South Ho Siu Nam: Force Majeure
Sept 10—Nov 2, 2019
Address: 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building 25 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Contact: +852 2517 6238 // www.blindspotgallery.com
Opening Hours: Tue – Sat: 10am – 6pm; Sun & Mon: by appointment only ( Closed on public holidays )
2. Art Statements
Founded by Dominique Perregaux in October 2003 in Hong Kong, Art Statements has been an essential gallery for the Asian contemporary art scene. Aiming to reach a pan-Asian audience, the gallery not only holds regular exhibitions but actively engages in both Western and Chinese Modern and Contemporary art and international art fairs.
Artworks featured in the Art Statements gallery inclines towards abstractionism.
AES+F, Erwin Olaf, JonOne, Pekko Rayne: Misanthropists are never disappointed
Until Sept 29, 2019
Address: Unit D, 8/F, Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Contact: +852 2696 2300 // www.artstatements.com
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 7pm; Or by appointment
3. Michael Nock Studio
Looking for something more down to earth? Visit Michael Nock at his studio where you will be confronted with a vivid sense of artistic progress, with blank canvases and paints all across the room. Nock’s artistic rendition finds its roots in the rich vernacular of Australian landscape painting, a style which he projects through his vision of different regions.
Different from the above galleries, the internal structure of Michael Nock Studio is messier but at the same time, more realistic in portraying an artist’s life.
Address: Unit D, 21/F, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Contact: +852 2525 9691 // www.michaelnock.com
Opening Hours: By appointment
4. Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Here is a gallery striving to bridge the gap between space and time and consolidate the artistic dialogue between the East and the West. With its first venue based in Antwerp, the gallery expanded to Hong Kong, where they set up their first overseas venue. Find yourself allured by the dynamic artistic discourse and the magnificent view of greenery through the frame-like windows.
Positioning of related artworks in neighbouring areas gives a sense of unity and connection to the gallery.
Raimund Girke: The Silent Balance
June 13—Sept 28, 2019
Address: 21/F, Coda Design Centre, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Contact: +852 2503 2220 // www.axel-vervoordt.com/gallery
Opening Hours: Thu – Sat: 11am – 7pm; Or by appointment
5. Rossi & Rossi
Founders of Rossi & Rossi, Anna Maria Rossi and her son Fabio, are one of the pioneers in promoting and enrichening Asian contemporary art. Fabio Rossi has achieved such development with Giovanni Martino in 2017, launching a series of exhibitions in Asia to expand visibility to modern and contemporary European artists, primarily focusing on Italian Post-War and contemporary art.
The use of bolder and brighter primary colours highlights the idea of modernism.
Address: 3/F, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street
Contact: +852 3575 9417 // http://rossirossi.com/
Opening Hours: Tue – Sat: 11am – 6pm; Or by appointment
6. Pékin Fine Arts
Originally based in Beijing, Pekin Fine Arts is a private art consultancy and art gallery established in November 2005 by Meg Maggio. The gallery holds regular exhibitions ranging from contemporary paintings, photography and sculpture.
Paintings in Pekin Fine Arts are mostly oil paintings and featured similar choice of colours.
Lin Jing: FEI – Part II
July 6—Oct 11, 2019
Address: 6/F, Union Industrial Building, 48 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Contact: +852 2177 6190 // https://pekinfinearts.com/en/
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 11am – 6pm; Sat: 11am – 6pm; Sun & Mon: by appointment
7. ADC Artspace (Genesis)
If you are aspiring to take part in art and cultural scenes in Hong Kong, you must pay a visit to ADC Artspace. As the name Genesis suggests, ADC Artspace is where emerging local artists develop their originality in arts. As the first Arts Space Scheme implemented by Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the venue provides artist studios at concessionary rent to local visual and media artists.
Similar to Michael Nock Studio, this gallery is more realistic in portraying the workspace of modern artists.