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Annual Arts Survey Result Dashboard – 2019/20 Visual Arts

Number of visual arts exhibitions has been decreasing for seven consecutive years, and the volume in the year 2019/20 was affected by social events in second half of 2019, followed by the coronavirus outbreak in early 2020. Data showed a 12% year-on-year decrease, with 990 exhibitions held during the year of 2019/20*, dipping below a thousand for the first time.

Despite a fall in number of exhibitions, cumulative exhibition days returned to growth and resumed to the 2017/18 level. After excluding the permanent exhibitions, the cumulative exhibition days in 2018/19 were 30,046 days, equivalent to 30.5 days per exhibition and was longer than the past.

Ups and downs have been recorded in different media when analyzing the data by medium: most heavily weighted exhibitions like Painting, Chinese Painting, Calligraphy & Seal Carving, Mixed Media & Installation and Photography all recorded decline in number of exhibitions. In contrary, Mixed Art-forms exhibitions and Ceramics exhibitions continued to rise, with Ceramics exhibitions reached a record high of 46, an increase of 30%.

The analysis was conducted with reference to the Hong Kong Visual Arts Yearbook (up to 2019) 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.

Below 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 chart in bottom right side: “Number of Exhibitions by Medium (Excluding Permanent Exhibitions)”. Hence, the numbers of exhibitions in this table do not add up to the number of exhibitions excluding permanent exhibitions from the chart in top right side: “Number of Exhibitions”.

*The number of exhibitions in 2019/20 refers to the exhibitions held during the financial year from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.