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Alternative spaces in Hong Kong

Our pick of non-profit art spaces and institutions

The artist-run Para Site: Hong Kong's first contemporary art institution. Photo by Ying Chung Seng

Hong Kong's non-profit art spaces and institutions, typically founded by artists and curators, have matured in recent years, thanks to private funding and increased government support. Active in organising community art projects and commissioning works of art, most are found in the old centres of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

Asia Art Archive

Established in 2000, the Asia Art Archive is a key institution for the study of contemporary Asian art across the region. The 34,000-strong collection is open to the public and searchable via the online ­catalogue.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center

This is the first overseas outpost of the New York-based Asia Society. In 2012, it moved to the former Explosives Magazine Compound at 9 Justice Drive. The society is dedicated to furthering Asian culture abroad.

The Fringe Club

Established in 1983, the Fringe Club is housed in a historic dairy farm building. As a non-profit art charity, it relies on income from its bar, venue hire, memberships, private donations and government support.

Hong Kong Arts Centre

The Hong Kong Arts Centre was established in 1977 as an independent organisation to promote arts and culture. In 1984, it established an education department, which included courses on ceramics and digital art.


Opening on 21 May, Oi! is Hong Kong’s newest art space. Converted from the former Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in North Point, it focuses on nurturing young artists and promoting community engagement. “Embark! Art Implosives” is the inaugural exhibition.

Para Site

Hong Kong’s first contemporary art institution, Para Site was founded in 1996 as an artist-run space. Its activities are supported by its patrons as well as by a Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Para Site launched an internationl residencey programme in 2012.

Spring Workshop

The former composer and music producer Mimi Brown is the founder and director of the Spring Workshop in Aberdeen, south of Hong Kong Island. Its activities include artist and curatorial residencies, exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and talks. It has three studios for artists and an exhibition/performance space.

Woofer Ten

Woofer Ten is a non-profit art organisation established by a group of artists, curators, critics, researchers and educators. Describing itself as a community centre, it aims to organise a lively mix of contemporary art, workshops, talks and screenings.

Compiled by Song Yi

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