If it’s time to get something new up on your walls, then March is the time to do it. Hong Kong Arts Month is when the city embraces its artistic side, with lots of big name events, gallery exhibitions, and opportunities to explore both the local and international art scene.
Regardless of whether you’re just a regular ol’ cheapo who doesn’t have a clue about art, or someone who is in-the-know, rest assured you’ll find lots of interesting art events during Arts Month.
To help you navigate all the events, we’ve split them into two categories: ‘The Biggies’, meaning those that pull international artists, curators, and buyers, and ‘The Freebies’, which aim to make art accessible to all, and don’t even require a ticket. (You’ll be glad to know, most of them actually are free entry, and even the tickets for the signature events are quite reasonable.)
A huge three-day event with exhibitions from the world’s leading modern and contemporary art galleries, about half of which are from the Asia Pacific region.
With close to 40,000 collectors, curators and art fans attending in 2018, this popular event features more than 100 international galleries, a number of which debut works created specially for this event.
Asia Contemporary Art Show Spring 2019 Edition
Featuring more than 2,000 pieces of contemporary art from both well known and emerging artists, with paintings, sculpture, photography, and limited editions.
When: March 29 to April 1
Where: 40-43rd floor, Conrad Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, Admiralty
How much: Three-day pass is HK$270.00 at the door, discounts if bought online
Art Gallery Night
Hosted by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (AGA), this event promises a fun evening of art immersion and exploration at a long list of participating galleries.
When: March 25, 6–8pm
Where: Various galleries
A more personal event also held by the AGA, art enthusiasts can visit a local gallery for coffee, refreshments, and a chance to view special exhibitions.
When: March 30, 9am–12pm
Where: Various galleries
HK Arts Center 5th Collectors’ Contemporary Collaboration
A unique showcase held at the Hong Kong Arts Center, featuring special private collections of contemporary art in China.
When: March 27 to April 22, 10am–8pm
Where: Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre (4/F and 5/F)
This local non-profit is taking art to the gritty streets of Wan Chai during Hong Kong Arts Month, giving local and international artists the opportunity to display high quality public art and large-scale murals on buildings.
When: March 23–31
Where: Various venues in Wan Chai
Looking at other people’s art is fun, but how about creating your own? Draw HK is holding a number of fun drawing workshops using techniques like Zentangles, sketching, and chalk drawing, as well as demonstrations by local artists. Kids ten and older can participate in the workshops.
When: March 10, 10am–5pm
Where: PMQ Courtyard & Marketplace, Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences and along Ladder Street and Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
How much: Free
Hong Kong Arts Festival
And don’t forget, March is also the month-long Hong Kong Arts Festival, now in its 47th year. With an impressive lineup of theatre, dance, opera, music, you’ll find a wide variety of shows ranging from the traditional to the modern, with orchestras, jazz, ballet, world music, and lots more. Be sure to read our write-up about what to catch at this year’s Arts Festival.