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. A hub for contemporary arts and arts education in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Arts Centre hosts various activities and shows throughout the year.
Tang Tang Tang Tang
The name may be lost to foreigners, but amongst the Cantonese, anyone would recognize Tang Tang Tang Tang to be referring to Beethoven’s fifth. Find chic, timeless pieces with a distinctive aesthetic at this lifestyle emporium, helmed by the original founder of Shanghai Tang and The China Club – Sir David Tang. You’ll get to strike two birds with one stone, as TTTT is located in a pre-war Chinese tenement building (1888), in the heart of Wan Chai. Pop into The Pawn upstairs for a drink on the balcony or a meal by celebrated British chef, Tom Aikens.
Odd One Out
Up a short flight of stairs, find Odd One Out by the artsy-designer Star Street area. OOO is a rare find in Hong Kong – a welcoming art gallery/boutique space that unites artist works from around the world: from limited-run art prints, zines and cards, to handcrafted homewares. The adjoining coffee bar offers a respite, especially after perhaps a fruitful stroll around the neighboring artsy-designer Star and Sun streets.
Eclectic Cool has been around the block. Before they arrived to the scene, Hong Kong was short of relaxed, yet quality homewares. Founder and interior designer Joanne Pereira’s passion for design is evident in the curated shop, full of home accessories, furnishings and gifts from around the world. Where would we be without you, Joanne?
ArtOne Hong Kong
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.
Relatively new to the scene, Lans Gallery is the brainchild of art collector-turned gallery owner Melody Lan. The Gallery showcases a diverse selection of artworks ranging from paintings, sculptures, to art prints and photography from international artists including Campbell La Pun, Hong Hao Chang, Aiko Robinson, and Gillie and Marc.
A rare find in the art scene in Hong Kong, this hidden gem of an ‘art cellar’ is where you’ll find exquisite homewares and one-of-a-kind gifts for your favorite men or women in your life. Be prepared to be dazzled – and yes, you’d probably wish you could own everything in the store. Up St. Francis Street before you hit Odd One Out, look out for the black metal doors on your left.
Chantal Miller Gallery @ Asia Society Hong Kong
Exhibitions at the Asia Society HK are whole-family affairs. You’ll be spoiled for choices with talks, performances, screenings, and even children-friendly workshops around practically all exhibitions they put up. Beyond the gallery, enjoy an expansive view of Hong Kong from the outdoor terrace, and the outdoor sculptures throughout this former explosives warehouse during the British colonial times. (Locate the tracks on-site that were used to wheel in the heavy canons). A striking contemporary building that bridges the old and the new while building around existing greenery is more than worthy for a photo-op.
ACO – Art & Culture Outreach
Here’s where you’ll get to rub shoulders with population from the local Hong Kong art and culture scene. Not a bad place to swing by for a donation-only slow food lunch (veggies grown at the rooftop farm above) or tea, and take it easy while you check out their curated culture book store, or if you’re lucky, their urban rooftop farm as well. Over half of the tenants in the building are paying nominal rent as the landlord wishes to support local art and cultural endeavors. Pick up a building directory at ACO and check out the fellow tenants.
An interior designer’s wet dream? For those who understand that the home is an expression of self would appreciate Archetypal in having sourced the showcase pieces you’d want to add that bit of pizzazz to any space. Find Tom Dixon, rising star Lee Broom, EOQ, art prints, to sleek chairs and desks galore. Clean lines, friendly customer service, and some harder to find items make it a staple on any designer’s list.