The Eaton List: 16 Alternative Art Galleries to Visit in Hong Kong

March is Arts Month in Hong Kong, which means Art Basel and Art Central are just around the corner, alongside a kaleidoscope of art programming that will showcase the diverse tapestry of the local and international art scene. 

As the global art community arrives in our city, and interest spikes for art and culture with the general public, we’d like to spotlight some of our favorite alternative, community-focused and artist-run galleries. Join us in championing Hong Kong and Asian art with an art tour that’s slightly off the beaten track.

For more information on opening hours, please visit the websites listed below.

1. Para Site

Installation view of Aki Sasamoto: ‘Sounding Lines’, 2024, Para Site, Hong Kong. Photo: Studio Lights On.

Para Site is one of the city’s most pioneering contemporary art centers and one of the longest-standing and most active independent art institutions in Asia. Through its exhibitions, publications, and educational initiatives, Para Site seeks to foster a critical understanding of local and global art and societal phenomena.

Address: 22/F Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Rd, Quarry Bay

2. Asia Art Archive

Since its establishment in 2000 by Claire Hsu and Johnson Chang, this independent non-profit organization has been dedicated to documenting and providing access to the diverse recent histories of art in the region, contributing to the preservation and understanding of Asian art.

Address: 11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan

3. Current Plans

Image courtesy of Current Plans

Current Plans is an alternative art space that embraces the development of contemporary art projects. With a focus on interdisciplinary creativity, this space encourages experimentation, knowledge exchange, and innovative exhibition approaches that challenge conventional boundaries.

Address: 3/F Spring Workshop, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang

4. Parallel Space

Exhibition by 'Maoshan Connie', photo courtesy of Parallel Space

Founded in 2018, this independent art space has hosted numerous emerging and established artists across various mediums, including painting, photography, illustration, installation, ceramics, and toys. The roster includes notable local artists such as Yueng Hok Tak, Karena Lam, Little Thunder, Maoshan Connie, Deacon Lui, Cowrice, Lousy, Humchuk, Donmak, and many more.

Address: 202 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po

5. PHD Group

Installation view of “Tendering” at PHD Group, Hong Kong, 2023. Photos by Felix SC Wong. Courtesy the artists and PHD Group.

Property Holdings Development Group (PHD Group) is a private, appointment-only contemporary art gallery that focuses on critical engagement, research, and collaborative practices. Established in 2021, the gallery is located in a reimagined 1970s rooftop clubhouse designed by BEAU Architects. It showcases emerging and mid-career artists from the region, fostering dialogue and exploration within the art community.

Address: Near Goose Neck Bridge in Causeway Bay. Open by appointment only from Wednesday to Saturday. Bookings can be made via WhatsApp at (+852) 59437541.

6. Empty Gallery

Credit: Installation views of Tishan Hsu’s exhibition at MAMCO Geneva; Photo © Annik Wetter, MAMCO Genève, 2024

Empty Gallery is a 4,500 sq. ft. black-cube space that serves as a platform for both established and emerging artists, featuring groundbreaking multimedia commissions, performances, and music. With a special focus on ephemeral, time-based, and non-object-oriented practices, Empty Gallery is a regional hub for the flourishing East Asian art scene, promoting cross-cultural and interdisciplinary conversations.

Address: 19/F, Grand Marine Center, 3 Yue Fung St, Aberdeen

7. Blindspot Gallery

“Pixy Liao: Comfort Zone” Exhibition (Image courtesy of Blindspot Gallery)

Blindspot Gallery is a contemporary art gallery established in 2010 that showcases diverse contemporary art practices by emerging and established artists primarily from Asia and beyond. Explore their exhibitions to immerse yourself in the dynamic and evolving art scene of the region.

Address: 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang

8. Cattle Depot Artist Village

Cattle Depot Artist Village was once a historic slaughterhouse that transformed into a cluster of art studios. Today,, the artist village hosts around 20 art groups, including Hong Kong’s leading avant-grade video art institution, Videotage and well-regarded contemporary gallery, 1a Sspace.

Address: 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, Ma Tau Kok, Kowloon

9. Foo Tak Building / ACO

Photo credit: ACO

Since 2003, 18 units in this typical-looking commercial building have been leased to art and cultural entities at a sponsored rate through ACO (Art and Cultural Outreach), offering affordable rental prices. This art hub building provides a space for ideas, creations, experiments, plans, actions, and organizations to seed, grow, practice, and perform.

Address: 365-367 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai

10. Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre

Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) is a unique factory building turned vertical arts centre/artist village in Shek Kip Mei. Representing a wide array of art forms, JCCAC is home to the studios of 140 artists and cultural organizations.

Address: 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei


Photo courtesy of Wurearea

WURE AREA is an artist-run space that opened in May 2021. It serves as a collective art space for non-verbal practice. 

Address: Unit 707, Block B, 7/F Po Lung Centre, 11 Wang Chiu Rd, Kowloon Bay


12. The Xevarion Institute

Photo credit: The Catalyst, PETER.

The Xevarion Institute is an unstructured organization dedicated to supporting avant-garde art in China and Hong Kong.

Address: G/F, 2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan


13. 480dim0

'Gender Revealed' Exhibition at 480dim0

480.0 Gender & Art Space is a gallery focused on queer and feminist themes. Established in March 2017, it aims to promote gender equity perspectives through art and daily life. The space explores and challenges myths and stereotypes related to gender and sexual violence, fostering community awareness and interest in these topics through culture and the arts.

Address: 1A Tougha Mansion, 502-504 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei



Architectural design of PODIUM. Photo: Lok Hang Wu, courtesy of PODIUM, Hong Kong

PODIUM, a new gallery opened by Cusson Cheng and Charlotte Lin, is located in Wong Chuk Hang. Operating as a robust platform, PODIUM champions emerging and mid-career artists, allowing them to express themselves through compelling visual languages and scholarly complexities.

Address: Unit 9D, E Tat Factory Building, 4 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang


15. Square Street Gallery

Square Street Gallery serves as an incubator for early-career makers and arts workers, collaborating with artists and curators whose practices challenge social, political, and cultural norms. It provides a physical exhibition space for experimentation and offers programming that includes exhibition-making, artwork development, and publishing.

Address: 21 Square St, Sheung Wan
Website: squarestreetgallery


16. Tomorrow Maybe

Eaton HK’s very own Tomorrow Maybe opened in late 2018 with a programme of exhibitions that takes Hong Kong as its starting point. The gallery offers a lens into the city for first time visitors and at the same time proposes nuanced readings into the familiar for those who have an intimate relationship to Hong Kong.

Address: 4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan


Cheryl Chow


08 Mar 2024

Cheryl Chow


08 Mar 2024