Gone are the days when Wong Chuk Hang was merely a place next to good old Ocean Park. Shedding its former identity as an industrial neighbourhood, Wong Chuk Hang has transitioned into a robust art hub.
Having moved into the neighbourhood at the beginning of 2017, de Sarthe Gallery is one of the biggest international contemporary art galleries within Wong Chuk Hang’s art scene. The director of the gallery Willem Molesworth, who is also the vice president of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, has witnessed the neighbourhood’s transformation over the years.
“There was always an art scene here, but just smaller,” Molesworth says. As the years went by, the art community in Wong Chuk Hang only grew larger in size, welcoming creative spaces and international art galleries, such as Ben Brown Fine Arts, relocating to venues that, despite being much larger, are still relatively cheap and conveniently located compared to other parts of town.
This growth quickly led to an increase in foot traffic to the area, which Molesworth thinks has in large part been due to the cavernous spaces available, which draw art enthusiasts from all over town. “Having a large space allows you a kind of privilege to appreciate art in a significant and impactful way that makes it very experiential,” he shares. “And that’s what a lot of people are looking for today, whether they’re considering buying art or even just wanting to look.”
But it’s not just galleries and studios that make the area unique, venues such as Africa Coffee & Tea, where you can enjoy exquisite coffee in a vibrant, African-themed setting, and lifestyle store Mirth, which offers an abundance of creative and artsy products from around the world, also add to the neighbourhood’s artsy vibe.
For Molesworth, one must-do is checking out all the colourful murals dotted around the area — thanks to HKwalls’s 2017 project which covered industrial building facades with artworks of all shapes and sizes. Molesworth also thinks that the friendly community-based art scene in Wong Chuk Hang is what sets it apart from other art communities in Hong Kong. All the galleries in the neighbourhood work hand in hand to keep building the area as an art centre by coordinating events, scheduling openings together, and promoting other galleries to visitors. This type of collective effort, which enables growth in the district’s art community, is something that Molesworth hopes will last in the long run as more galleries join the neighbourhood.Read More +
Written by Time Out Hong Kong
Information in this article is subject to change without advance notice. The article is compiled with care in order to provide accurate information at the time of publication. The Hong Kong Tourism Board and Time Out Hong Kong Company Limited: ( i ) disclaim any and all liability as to the quality or fitness for purpose of third party products and services; and (ii) make no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, adequacy or reliability of any information, places or products contained herein. Please contact the relevant product or service providers for enquiries.