Crazy for Art
Crazy for Art

By Weekend Weekly

Take a stroll down the old streets of Central and you will see a dazzling fusion of quirky artistic landmarks. Rows of galleries invite you into different realms where the works of Western and Asian maestros are featured alongside those of up-and-comers, whilst culture hubs combine traditional craftsmanship with modern aesthetics. From art and music to food, in Central, you will always find something to inspire you.

Explore Old Town Central’s Art Scene

Shingo Katori

Created by Japanese celebrity Shingo Katori, the mural Large Mouth Dragon Boy features a lively, colourful dragon, catching the eyes of passers-by at a bustling corner of Old Town Central. Check out the making-off video, and share your photos of it with #hkshingoart.

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Ray Chan

A famous hairdresser who has worked with celebrities and on hairstyle designs for movies, Ray Chan now owns a studio called ‘Zhan’ on Po Hing Fong, where he continues with his hairstyling work while providing a platform for young artists to showcase their artwork.

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Zhan
Address: Shop 1, G/F, Po Hing Court, 10–18 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2559 3001

Fringe Club
Fringe Club

Situated amid the hustle and bustle of Central, Fringe Club distinguishes itself from the surrounding highrises with a neoclassical exterior made of milky white and brown bricks.

Since it inhabited part of the Old Dairy Farm Depot in 1984, the Fringe Club has been a celebrated exhibition and performance venue, and has helped transform the city’s arts scene with experimental works.

Take a break at The Vault, a café that used to be a storage depot for ice, dairy and meat. Aside from light meals and drinks, you can also catch poetry reading sessions, exhibitions or performances here — check out the latest happenings before you visit.

Address: 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
Tel: +852 2521 7251
Website: www.hkfringeclub.com
PMQ
PMQ

Formerly the Police Married Quarters, PMQ now houses works by promising young artists and designers in Hong Kong. Here, not only will you find a fascinating line-up of creative studios and designer products, but there are also exhibitions and workshops all year round, giving you insights into the local creative scene.

Address: 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Tel: +852 2870 2335
Website: www.pmq.org.hk
Yan Gallery
Yan Gallery

From PMQ, move on to Hollywood Road, one of the oldest streets in Hong Kong and now home to a great variety of art galleries and antiques shops.

Yan Gallery was founded by Fong Yuk Yan, a seasoned Chinese art dealer with over three decades’ experience. The gallery houses Chinese modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures, and represents legendary artists such as the late Wu Guangzhong.

Address: Shop 5, G/F, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1 Hollywood Road, Central
Tel: +852 2139 2345
Website: www.yangallery.com
Parkview Art Hong Kong
Parkview Art Hong Kong

The collection of Parkview Art Hong Kong comprises important works by modern and contemporary artists, from world-class masters such as Fernando Botero and Zao Wou-ki to up-and-comers.

Address: Upper G/F, Sunrise House, 27 Old Bailey Street, Central
Tel: +852 2413 0028
Website: www.parkviewarthk.com
La Galerie Paris 1839
La Galerie Paris 1839

La Galerie is one of the very few photography galleries in Hong Kong nurturing talent in both Asian and Western photography. ‘1839’ in the gallery’s name refers to the year the French Government acquired the invention rights from Louis Daguerre to offer photography to the world.

Address: 74 Hollywood Road, Central
Tel: +852 2540 4777
Website: www.lagalerie.hk
Karin Weber Gallery
Karin Weber Gallery

Opposite to PMQ is Karin Weber Gallery, which was established in 1999 and elected one of the ‘500 Best Galleries Worldwide’ by Blouin Artinfo in 2015 and 2016. Besides an exceptional showcase of international art pieces, the gallery also hosts Hong Kong-themed exhibitions to support local artists.

Address: 20 Aberdeen Street, Central
Tel: +852 2544 5004
Website: www.karinwebergallery.com
Street Art

The historic neighbourhood of Hollywood Road, with its old buildings and interesting boutiques, is an ideal area for a relaxing stroll. Keep an eye out for tucked away street art and graffiti in some of the streets and alleys that intersect the road.

Street Art - Large Mouth Dragon BoyEntitled Large Mouth Dragon Boy, the first overseas artwork by Japanese celebrity and promising artist Shingo Katori is created in celebration of Hong Kong Arts Month.
Address: Intersection of Hollywood Road and Shelley Street

Street Art - Intersection of Graham Street and Hollywood RoadThis mural of old townhouses is a popular photo spot for visitors.
Address: Intersection of 46 Graham Street and 48 Hollywood Road. Central

Street Art - 8 Tai On TerraceMural at 8 Tai On Terrace
Address: 8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan

Street Art - 2 Elgin StreetYuk Yip Desserts on Elgin Street is a traditional dai pai dong, which forms an interesting contrast with the murals of urban pubs behind it.
Address: 2 Elgin Street, Central

Street Art - Staircase between Hollywood Road and Square Street This mural of Bruce Lee is done by Korean graffiti artist Xeva using his signature mosaic technique.
Address: Staircase between Hollywood Road and Square Street, Sheung Wan

Street Art - Staircase between Hollywood Road and Square Street The majority of murals around Central and Sheung Wan are curated by local graffiti group HKwalls. This portrait is one of them.
Address: Staircase between Hollywood Road and Square Street, Sheung Wan

Street Art - 29 Staunton StreetA vibrant mural of Brooklyn. At the bottom right corner, a door is drawn to invite passers-by to step into the adjacent American bar Brooklyn Bar & Grill.
Address: 29 Staunton Street, Central

Peel Fresco Music Lounge
Peel Fresco Music Lounge

Peel Fresco Music Lounge on Peel Street has live shows almost every night, with performances ranging from jazz to rock to Cantopop. Feel free to get on the stage and jam with the band on Tuesday and Sunday nights.

Address: 49 Peel Street, Central
Tel: +852 2540 2046
Website: peel-fresco.com
The Popsy Room
The Popsy Room

At The Popsy Room, art is something to relish gastronomically and visually. The gallery by day becomes a private kitchen at night, demonstrating a perfect fusion between art and gastronomy.

Address: 30 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 2234 6711

This is one of five self-guided walks in Old Town Central, Hong Kong’s most quintessential neighbourhood. Be sure to check out the others here.

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