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ArtsThe Tatler Guide To Art Galleries In Wong Chuk Hang

The Tatler Guide To Art Galleries In Wong Chuk Hang

The Tatler Guide To Art Galleries In Wong Chuk Hang
By Oliver Giles
By Oliver Giles
April 18, 2019
Previously a nondescript industrial district, Wong Chuk Hang is now a buzzing neighbourhood thanks to the trendy cafes, event spaces and galleries that have moved into the former factory buildings. Here’s our favourite route for gallery-hopping, including all-important stops for coffee and snacks

de Sarthe Gallery

Bernar Venet's exhibition In Relation: Performance / Sculpture / Painting at de Sarthe Gallery in Wong Chuk Hang. (Courtesy of de Sarthe Gallery)
Bernar Venet's exhibition In Relation: Performance / Sculpture / Painting at de Sarthe Gallery in Wong Chuk Hang. (Courtesy of de Sarthe Gallery)

Start your day at de Sarthe Gallery in Global Trade Square, which represents an impressive mix of local and international artists and has previously hosted shows of works by some of the biggest names in art history, including Zao Wou-ki and Auguste Rodin.

Global Trade Square may be one of Wong Chuk Hang’s newer buildings, but it has many of the same design features as the surrounding warehouses, including higher ceilings and larger rooms than you’d find at most galleries in Central, which gives de Sarthe Gallery space to show larger sculptures and installations.

See also: Art Insider: Pascal de Sarthe

Africa Coffee & Tea

Africa Coffee & Tea (Photo: Courtesy of Africa Coffee & Tea)
Africa Coffee & Tea (Photo: Courtesy of Africa Coffee & Tea)

Fancy a coffee or a bite to eat before heading on to the next gallery? Walk out of Global Trade Square and across the flyover by Yan’s Tower to 41 Heung Yip Road, where you’ll find Africa Coffee & Tea tucked away on the 15th floor.

This hidden gem serves teas and single-origin coffee from around the continent as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our favourite item on the menu is The Rolex, which is not a high-end timepiece but a Uganda wrap made with chapati stuffed with scrambled egg and vegetables.  

Blindspot Gallery

Blindspot Gallery founder Mimi Chun inside the Wong Chuk Hang space. (Photo: Michaela Giles/Hong Kong Tatler)
Blindspot Gallery founder Mimi Chun inside the Wong Chuk Hang space. (Photo: Michaela Giles/Hong Kong Tatler)

A short walk from Africa Coffee & Tea you’ll find Blindspot Gallery, which was the first gallery in the city to focus on exhibiting photography and moving image art, though it has now expanded to represent artists working in a range of media.

Among the stars on Blindspot Gallery’s roster are the late Mainland Chinese photographer Ren Hang, who’s most famous for his risqué nude portraits of his friends, and renowned British photographer Martin Parr.

Blindspot Gallery also represents some of the rising stars of Hong Kong’s art scene, including Trevor Yeung, Angela Su and South Ho Siu Nam.

See also: 6 Hong Kong Artists On The Rise

Rossi & Rossi

Between Spirit and Magic at Rossi & Rossi. (Photo: Courtesy of Rossi & Rossi)
Between Spirit and Magic at Rossi & Rossi. (Photo: Courtesy of Rossi & Rossi)

Just down the road from Blindspot Gallery is the Hong Kong outpost of Rossi & Rossi, which also has a gallery in London. Rossi & Rossi specializes in classical and contemporary Asian art, representing artists including Rasheed Araeen, Heman Chong and Tshersin Sherpa.

The gallery also works with some international names, including celebrated New Zealand artist Billy Apple and the late Italian sculptor Aldo Mondino.

The Loft

The Loft (Photo: Courtesy of Pirata Group)
The Loft (Photo: Courtesy of Pirata Group)

If you need to refuel, drop by The Loft, Pirata Group's test kitchen and event space. The salad bar is particularly popular with office workers (the kale Caesar is one of our favourites) but The Loft also offers sandwiches, pizzas and a selection of snacks. 

Pékin Fine Arts

Paintings by Huang Zhiyang on show at Pékin Fine Arts in the group exhibition Twists & Turns. (Photo: Courtesy of Pékin Fine Arts)
Paintings by Huang Zhiyang on show at Pékin Fine Arts in the group exhibition Twists & Turns. (Photo: Courtesy of Pékin Fine Arts)

Finish your art-y tour of Wong Chuk Hang at Pékin Fine Arts, a gallery opened by Meg Maggio in 2012.

Pékin Fine Arts works with multiple big names, including Arik Levy and Pieter Hugo, but is best known for promoting talents from Mainland China such as Liu Di, Chen Shaoxiong and Wang Qingsong.  

See also: Africa To China: Pieter Hugo’s First Exhibition In Hong Kong

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