Meet art experts from around the world at the talks and tours taking place during Hong Kong Art Week

1. Art Basel Conversations

Artists, curators, collectors, critics and museum directors will all take to the stage for Art Basel’s talks programme. Don’t miss the conversation between London-based Pakistani sculptor Rasheed Araeen and Hoor Al-Qasimi, founder of the Sharjah Art Foundation, or the discussion between Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco and M+ chief curator Doryun Chong. A handful of art world luminaries participate in a session on “Curating in Context: Making Exhibitions Work”, while leading international collectors will gather for a panel titled “The Art of the Commission: Funding Cultural Production”.

March 29–31. Auditorium, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,1 Harbour Road, Wanchai.

2. Guided Tours of Art Basel

If you don’t know where to start at Art Basel, don’t fret. Once again, Quintessentially is the official concierge partner of the fair and is offering guided tours from March 29 to 31 to Quintessentially members and Art Basel VIP cardholders. The tours are hosted by experts and available in English, Cantonese or Mandarin. Book in advance at Alternatively, independent art space Para Site provides free guided tours in English, Cantonese or Mandarin. To book, email

March 29–31. Auditorium, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,1 Harbour Road, Wanchai.

3. Art Central Talks

Critics and art-world insiders will host a series of conversations, debates and roundtable discussions at Art Central. Winners of Asia Society’s Asia Arts Game Changer Awards traditionally speak at the fair, and this year’s honourees include Subodh Gupta, Shirazeh Houshiary, Ju Ming, and Park Seo-Bo. Elsewhere at the fair, UOB Art Academy, an organisation that aims to help underprivileged children access art, hosts a series of educational initiatives including hands-on art workshops.

March 26–April 1. Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central.

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4. Asia Art Archive Programme

Art Basel’s cultural partner, Asia Art Archive (AAA), will host an exhibition of works by Indian artist Nilima Sheikh, who will also give the annual AAA artist talk at 11am on March 29, revealing how the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang—a site for Buddhist art on the Silk Road—have inspired her. At its booth at the fair, AAA will present an exhibition titled Women Make Art History, featuring new work from feminist artist collective Guerrilla Girls that examines the inclusion and representation of women in the Hong Kong art world.

Nilima Sheikh Exhibition: March 22–June. Artist Talk: 11am, March 29. Asia Art Archive, 11/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2844 1112.

Women Make Art History: March 27–31, Booth P7, Concourse Level One, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai. 

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