With prestigious international art galleries such as Pace Gallery and Gagosian hogging the limelight, it’s easy to overlook some of the smaller, independent art spaces in Hong Kong
. If you’re looking for an alternative art scene that dares to push boundaries, here are nine up-and-coming galleries to keep an eye on.
Odd One Out
Odd One Out
Like its name suggests, Odd One Out is a little unconventional. It’s an art gallery, artist agency, and coffee bar rolled into one. In addition to exhibiting the work of contemporary artists from Hong Kong and abroad, their shop offers limited edition screen prints and homewares made by the artists they represent.
Odd One Out, G/F, 14 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2529 3955
Located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Sai Wing Pin, Above Second opened in 2010. Directed by May Wong, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, this art space gives exposure to both established and emerging artists. The gallery has worked with artists such as Pure Evil, CYRCLE, Victor Ash, Sonya Fu, and more.
Above Second, 9 First Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 3483 7950
Ka Kee Gallery
Owned by Ka Lee Pyne, a former art consultant, Ka Kee Gallery – a 900-square-foot space – focuses on exhibiting contemporary artists and designers from Hong Kong and abroad, as well as student art projects. The gallery’s in-house artists also provide weekly art workshops for a fee.
Ka Kee Gallery, 3/F, 36A Kennedy Road, Hong Kong,＋852 2858 1939
Mur Nomade is an exciting non-profit art space that opened in 2012 and represents artists such as Sanae Takahata, Ana González, and Vivian Poon. In addition to gallery exhibitions, the venue also hosts performances, video art screenings, workshops, and art fairs.
Mur Nomade, Unit 1606, 16/F, Hing Wai Centre, 7 Tin Wan Praya Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, +852 2580 5923
‘Things that can happen’
Founded in 2015, this non-profit art venue, owned by Lee Kit and Chantal Wong, is hidden in a residential walk-up building in the historic district of Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. The exhibitions here are explicitly aimed at encouraging political dialogue in light of the city’s rapidly shifting political landscape, due to the 2014 Umbrella Movement.
‘Things that can happen,’ 1/F, 98 Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2406 9800
This gem of an art gallery on Queen’s Road West exclusively exhibits emerging Chinese artists. Founded in 2010, 3812 Gallery’s name comes from Vallée Blanche, the famous off-piste ski route in Chamonix, France, which begins 3,812 meters above sea level. The gorgeous space includes its own garden, terrace, and private salon.
3812 Gallery, G/F, 118 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2153 3812
Established in 2008, Gallery EXIT is a multimedia gallery specializing in emerging contemporary art from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and Singapore. It represents over two dozen artists and occupies a large industrial space in Aberdeen.
Gallery EXIT, 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, +852 2541 1299