In recent years, Hong Kong has shown a real appetite for creativity and heritage conservation. Having established itself as an east-meets-west hub for cultural crossovers, the city is packed with art galleries, museums, heritage sites, and more, especially in the central district of Hong Kong. The Pottinger Hong Kong is located in the heart of Central, making it one of the most convenient spots from which hotel guests can explore Hong Kong culture.
Hong Kong’s latest art and culture initiative is right at the end of Pottinger Street, where the Old Central Police Station Compound is being transformed into a centre for Hong Kong heritage, contemporary arts, and leisure. A short way west lies the old Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, built in 1950. It has been transformed into “PMQ”, a creative hub of boutiques, dining spaces, and artist studios.
Striking art galleries can be found dotted around Central: on Hollywood Road, in SoHo and NoHo, and in Pedder Building and 50 Connaught Road Central. Renowned international outlets include Simon Lee Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Opera Gallery, White Cube and Galerie Perrotin. But Central also holds many local galleries with an eclectic mix of art: international names, emerging local artists, and traditional Chinese art pieces can all be uncovered here. The Pottinger Hong Kong recommends the following websites where hotel guests can check details of the ever-changing gallery scene:
Hong Kong Art Gallery Association : www.hk-aga.org
Hong Kong Art Alliance: hongkongartalliance.com
TimeOut Hong Kong : www.timeout.com.hk/art
The Fringe Club is housed in a distinctive stripy-brick building on Lower Albert Road, built originally as the Old Dairy Farm Depot in 1892. Today it is an important hub for Hong Kong exhibitions, arts and heritage events, music shows, and stage performances. The Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, meanwhile, at the top edge of Hong Kong Park on Kennedy Road, hosts regular activities such as international art and cultural exhibitions, workshops, lectures and artist-in-residence programmes.