By Jianne Soriano
August 03, 2021
Looking for the hidden art spaces in Hong Kong? Read on to find out where they are
Hong Kong is a very art-friendly city – we see that in the numerous galleries, street art and photogenic places alongside the many artists who have their work exhibited here. However, if you’re looking for more unique places to see the artsy side of Hong Kong, there are plenty of art spaces that are a little lesser known.
Venture into these hidden art spaces that you may never have known existed and get ready to enjoy a new side of Hong Kong and fall even more in love with the art.
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Art lovers and locals may have heard of Cattle Depot Artist Village by now, but this former slaughterhouse turned art space is truly a hidden gem in the sleepy area. Located near To Kwa Wan and Ma Tau Kok, the Cattle Depot Artist Village is now much more accessible thanks to the opening of the Tuen Ma line. This artistic focal point – a contrast to the surrounding high-rise buildings – can be seen from afar thanks to its red brick facade.
The art space was converted into a local art community in 2001, well ahead of other notable locations like Tai Kwun or PMQ. It is the only surviving pre-war cattle slaughterhouse in Hong Kong, which makes it a place to truly visit for both art and history.
Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2364 2959
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The picturesque island of Peng Chau is worth a visit on its own, but even better is its hidden art space, My Secret Garden. It’s not easy to miss this hidden art oasis considering the island itself is pretty small, but it’s also tucked away down a dark alley, so keep your eyes peeled for the Leather Factory My Secret Garden sign. The colorful variety of ornaments at the entrance is enough to get everyone to look at this place.
My Secret Garden is located on a former leather factory and a Grade III cultural monument that has been revitalized into a hipster artist’s dream. The junkyard is filled with creative sculptures and installations made from unwanted waste such as chairs, chandeliers, scrap metal and much more. There are colorful murals and designs everywhere that make it an Instagrammable wonderland.
My Secret Garden, Leather Factory, Wing On Street, Peng Chau, Hong Kong
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Tucked away among all the bustling shops and bustling high-end brands is the Gallery by the Harbor in Harbor City. This floor-to-ceiling art space is truly an art lover’s haven, overlooking Victoria Harbor. The works on display here are much more contemporary and appeal to the artistic youth, thinking colorful illustrations, and beating pop culture artists, especially Asian ones, who resonate with the young crowd.
When you need a break from shopping, Gallery by the Harbor is the place for you.
Gallery at the Harbor, Harbor City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Harborcity.com.hk
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The newly opened Oil Street Art Space is the city’s newest art space. Not only is it a place for art lovers, but also a place where young artists can hone their craft. The art space is located in a historic Class II building that was built in 1908 as the clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.
Now they are promoting young artists, promoting community art and serving as a place to encourage collaboration and creation in art through exhibitions and workshops. Located in the vibrant North Point neighborhood, this local art space should be on your radar if you haven’t already.
Oil Street Art Space, 12 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 2512 3000, facebook.com/oilstreetartspace
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The Mills, a former cotton mill, has been revitalized into a new center for art and design. Among its many independent stores, The Mills also has its own space for its creative community, a heritage conservation project called Chat, which stands for Center for Heritage Arts and Textiles.
The gallery space on the ground floor hosts exhibitions and events for the art scene. Beyond The Mills, there are murals outside by local artists too, making it an Instagram-ready place for many.
The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3979 2300
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This barrier island, once home to the early Hakka for over 300 years, has turned into a weekend getaway. While the island and village itself are largely abandoned, after receiving UNESCO recognition, the island has been listed as a Historic Monument to allow for the revitalization of its heritage, customs and folklore.
In the meantime, the island has also become a public art space, not least thanks to the annual Tim Tin Tsai Arts Festival, which turns the island into an “open museum” and shows works of art and installations on various topics. The festival will only run for a limited time, but the artwork will remain on the island for the appreciation of visitors until the festival resumes.
Yim Tin Tsai, Sai Kung District, Hong Kong
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Tuen Mun River Park may seem like a random choice for an art project, but it makes the area happen thanks to the Viva! River project that placed six works of art along the Tuen Mun River. The artwork, made up of sculptures, is based on local residents’ stories, emoticons turned into street furniture, and pieces from a community web project run by La Belle Époque, a knitting studio.
The artworks here are mostly created by local artist groups aiming to revitalize the neighborhood and connect its residents and the community through art.
Tuen Mun River Park, Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
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Ha Pak Nai is a famous sunset spot, but also a hidden paradise for nature and art lovers. Nineteen paintings by the local Chemiyan trio are on display along Nim Wan Road. Each of these paintings are made from recycled insulation and are based on the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of Ha Pak Nai. The paintings not only serve as a feast for the eyes for art lovers, but also as a contribution to nature conservation.
In addition to the paintings, you will also find colorful wooden huts in the Cafe & Barbecue app store and admire the beautiful butterfly mural on the terrace. The next time you go to Ha Pak Nai to see the sunset, be sure to stop by these beautiful pieces of art as well.
Ha Pak Nai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
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