In space-starved Hong Kong, for­mer man­u­fac­tur­ing ar­eas are in­creas­ingly play­ing host to con­tem­po­rary art gal­leries. Here are three to see.

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Chai Wan

While much of this end-of-the-line Hong Kong Is­land lo­cale re­mains in­dus­trial, with a bustling fish­ing port sur­rounded by fac­to­ries, Chai Wan has also be­come pop­u­lar with de­sign stu­dios, art gal­leries, and work­shops. Rec­om­mended stops in­clude 10 Chancery Lane Gallery Art Projects ( 10chancery­lane­gallery.com), cred­ited with spear­head­ing the mi­gra­tion of gal­leries east­ward from the city cen­ter; Ar­tify Gal­ley ( ar­ti­fy­gallery

.com) for its con­tem­po­rary art and pa­per works; and Blue Lo­tus Gallery ( bluelo­tus-gallery.com), which fo­cuses on Hong Kong’s iden­tity through pho­tog­ra­phy and pa­per-based medi­ums.

Wong Chuk Hang

An emerg­ing des­ti­na­tion for both food­ies and art lovers, the in­dus­trial spa­ces of Wong Chuk Hang on the south side of Hong Kong Is­land are now eas­ily ac­cessed on the city’s new­est MTR line. Art

Projects Gallery ( art­pro­ject­sa­sia.com) spot­lights both es­tab­lished and emerg­ing con­tem­po­rary artists from around the re­gion, while 650-squareme­ter Blindspot Gallery ( blindspot­gallery.com) has branched out from its ini­tial fo­cus on pho­tog­ra­phy and im­age-based works. Cross­dis­ci­plinary pro­gram­ming is on the menu at

Spring Work­shop ( spring­work­shop.org), with a year-round cal­en­dar of ex­hi­bi­tions, mu­si­cal per­for­mances and work­shops, and artists’ talks. After you’ve ex­plored these three venues, head to one of the area’s many pri­vate kitchens.

Fo Tan

This util­i­tar­ian precinct in the “new town” of Sha Tin rose to promi­nence in the early 2000s as a haven for young artists, thanks to low rents, a strong sense of com­mu­nity, and its po­si­tion close to the Chi­nese Uni­ver­sity of Hong Kong. To­day’s Fo Tan re­mains home to over 50 stu­dios and more than 180 artists, a num­ber that’s still on the rise. Housed in for­mer meat­pack­ing ware­houses, the gal­leries cover the artis­tic spec­trum, from paint­ing, sculp­ture, and ce­ram­ics to pho­tog­ra­phy, videog­ra­phy, and in­stal­la­tion pieces. Must-sees are Joy Art Club ( jo­yart­club.com)— the workspace of artist Win­nie Davies—and wa­ter­color spe­cial­ists Rainze

Gallery ( rainze­gallery.com). The best time to visit is in Jan­uary, when a wel­ter of smaller stu­dios wel­come the pub­lic as part of the Fotan Open Stu­dios pro­gram.

atFoTan’s themedtalk As­culp­ture- Blue Above:In­side Jo­yArt­Club. in­ChaiWan. Lo­tusGallery

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