According to the data gathered, visual arts exhibitions held in Hong Kong has been on a steady decline since 2012/13, with 1,265 exhibitions during the year of 2016/17, a decrease of 4% compared to the previous year. Apart from permanent exhibitions, the cumulative exhibition days were 30,331 days in this year, reduced by 9% from the previous year.
Excluding the permanent exhibitions, painting which has been the top medium across years dropped 11% in 2016/17 at 369 exhibitions. On the contrary, Chinese Painting, Calligraphy & Seal Carving exhibitions have increased by 8% to 229.
The analysis was conducted with reference to the Hong Kong Visual Arts Yearbook published by the Department of Fine Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In the Yearbook 2016, Comics was a newly added medium, whereas Electronic Art has been merged with New Media Art.
On the right is an interactive dashboard of the Visual Arts statistics. Readers can click on the interested category / year in one of the charts and the dashboard will be refreshed to highlight the respective category / year. All figures can be downloaded as well.
Note: “Others” and “Unknown medium” are not included in the third chart: “Number of Exhibitions by Medium (Excluding Permanent Exhibitions)”, so the numbers of exhibitions in this table does not add up to the number of exhibitions excluding permanent exhibitions from the first chart: “Number of Exhibitions”.
*The number of exhibitions in 2016/17 refers to the exhibitions held during the financial year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.