A decreasing trend in the number of visual arts exhibitions remained. Data showed a 6% decrease compared to the previous year, with 1,186 exhibitions held during the year of 2017/18*. The cumulative exhibition days excluding permanent exhibitions were 30,289 days in this year, which was similar to the previous year.
Despite number of Painting exhibitions (excluding permanent exhibitions) dropped 17% to 307 exhibitions, it remained to be the top medium across the years. On the other hand, Chinese Painting, Calligraphy & Seal Carving exhibitions have increased by 7% to 244.
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. Comics has been added since Yearbook 2016, 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 2017/18 refers to the exhibitions held during the financial year from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.