Introducing the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association: Unified voice for local dealers

With greater institutional support, Hong Kong artists and institutions are well-poised to make headway in the international art community.

The non-profit Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA) will officially launch on 24 October 2012. The group was founded to represent the interests of the nearly 100 galleries now operating in Hong Kong on the local and international stages.

Hong Kong's historic Pedder Building, home to many of the city's high-profile galleries.

Hong Kong's historic Pedder Building, home to many of the city's high-profile galleries.

The HKAGA hopes to advance the interests of Hong Kong galleries by providing them with a unified voice. As Co-President Henrietta Tsui stated in the 12 October 2012 press release,

All the galleries I visited agreed that we need some form of association as a platform for communication among us, between the art industry and other art institutions and also for reaching out to the world. We need to have a voice and a channel to communicate with the government locally and with art bodies in other parts of the world. This Hong Kong Art Gallery Association aims to do exactly this. We also want to share best practices and discuss issues we face in this fast growing industry.

The HKAGA board of directors was selected after consultation with various Hong Kong galleries, and the board will be re-elected annually from HKAGA members. The inaugural board is made up of

Galleries that have been operating in Hong Kong with an active exhibition programme for at least two years are eligible to apply for membership in the HKAGA. There will also be an associate membership for younger galleries. According to the press release, the HKAGA will work to strengthen its members market knowledge and business practices. Participating organisations will benefit from the “code of best professional conduct” upheld by the HKAGA, instilling trust in potential clients and collectors.

There are currently 55 founding members of the HKAGA including

  • 10 Chancery Lane Gallery
  • A Gallery
  • Above Second Gallery
  • Alisan Fine Arts (Alice King Gallery)
  • Amelia Johnson Contemporary
  • Anna Ning Fine Art
  • AO Vertical
  • Art Beatus
  • Art Experience Gallery
  • Ben Brown Fine Arts
  • Blindspot Gallery
  • Cat St. Gallery
  • Contemporary by Angela Li
  • Damina Gallery
  • Dé Jìan Táng
  • De Sarthe Gallery
  • EDGE Gallery
  • Edouard Malingue Gallery
  • Fabrik Contemporary Art
  • Feast Projects
  • Gagosian Gallery
  • Galerie Huit
  • Galerie Perrotin
  • Galerie Ora-Ora
  • Gallery EXIT
  • GROTTO Fine Art
  • Hanart TZ Gallery
  • Ian Tan Gallery
  • Identity Art Gallery
  • Karin Weber Gallery
  • Kings Gallery
  • Koru Contemporary Art
  • Kumquat Gallery
  • Kwai Fung Hing Art Gallery
  • LDX Gallery
  • New Gallery on Old Bailey
  • Nexto Contemporary Art
  • Opera Gallery
  • Osage Gallery
  • Pearl Lam Galleries
  • Platform China (HK)
  • Plum Blossoms Gallery
  • Puerta Roja
  • Red Elation Gallery
  • Red Square
  • Schoeni Art Gallery
  • Shin Hwa Gallery
  • Simon Lee Gallery
  • Sin Sin Fine Art
  • Sundaram Tagore Gallery
  • The Tolman Collection
  • Vox Fire Gallery
  • White Cube
  • Yan Gallery
  • YY9 Gallery

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