They say you’ve got to feed your mind and soul and what better way than with art! If you’re an art lover or simply someone who’d like a different kind of day out, then these five amazing art galleries are exactly what you need now. Believe it or not, there is a thriving community of local and regional art right here. Macau is teeming with art galleries that host local and international exhibitions about culture, history, society, and people.
10 Fantasia is quite a hidden gem located in St. Lazarus Parish and established in 2008. With two exhibition halls and 10 showrooms, it’s replete with displays and proudly promotes the products of Macau’s cultural, artistic and creative industries. Stroll around to see the works of local artists. There are also art classes and seminars that attract art enthusiasts and students. You can join the creative courses which include scriptwriting, photography, video and movie production, sculpting, painting, and more. In true essence as an art hub in the city, it constantly organizes animation parties, role-play events, artist gatherings and concerts.
10 Fantasia No. 10, Calçada da lgreja de S. Lázaro, +853 2835 4582, www.10fantasia.com
Macau Art Garden
Macau Art Garden is the city’s first ever building dedicated to local art creation and exhibition. The five-story structure is complete with an exhibition hall showcasing artworks created by local and international artists, a cozy cafe with an art-book corner and a small space that sells artworks and other cultural and creative products. You’ll also find oil paintings, Chinese paintings, prints, ceramics, sculptures, and photographs, among other materials developed by talented local artists. It doubles up as a gallery for local artists to sell their work and introduce visitors of all ages to the world of art. If you’re looking for a nice hideaway to enjoy a beverage and some solitude, this quaint venue, with all its fine little details and artsy ambience, is just the perfect setting.
Macau Art Garden is open daily from 11:00am–7:00pm except on Monday and public holidays.
Macau Art Garden Av. Do Dr. Rodrigo Rodrigues N. 265, Macau, +853 2852 0034, www.macauartgarden.com
Tap Seac Gallery
A testament to the creativity of the local residents, the Tap Seac Gallery has grown from strength to strength in showcasing arts and culture in the public arena. Organized by the Macau Special Administrative Regional Government’s Cultural Institute, the Tap Seac Gallery hosts visual art exhibitions and promotes a series of varied cultural events.
The gallery contains an exhibition space divided into two parts, front, and back. Nestled in the venue is an enclosed patio that lets in natural light with a short flight of steps joining the front and back sections. The front half is the main exhibition space, while the back half is used variously for exhibitions, discussions, lectures or other activities. The gallery is equipped with computers connected to the Internet enabling visitors to access additional information on culture and the arts.
The gallery is open seven days a week throughout the year, including public holidays.
Taipa Village Art Space
A slick addition to the Taipa Village charm, this quaint gallery is all about promoting local talent in the art industry. Tucked away in a traditional shophouse in the charming scene of Taipa Village, the gallery serves as a cultural pilgrimage for visitors’ seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse in the historic and cultural charm of this landmark destination.
Local artists are able to showcase their work under the beautiful backdrop of the area’s colorful history and unique heritage. Taipa Village’s contribution to the development of the cultural and creative industries in Macau is admirable and much appreciated.
Ox Warehouse was formerly known as the “Old Ladies’ House Art Space”. Notably founded in 2002, it has flourished as a private non-profit art association. They regularly organize exhibitions in various mediums including painting, sculpture, poster design, installation, sketching, and others to provide an experimental and exchange platform for local contemporary arts. Moreover, it offers workshops for adults and children in drawing, music, and other artistic activities. The Ox Warehouse highlights the attractive historic architecture and is equipped with a small library, art information corner, CD corner and a cafe to spend quality time before continuing browsing.
iAOHiN Gallery is one of the pioneers of private art galleries in Macau. It is home to outstanding exhibitions of paintings, photography, sculptures, and jewelry. iAOHiN Gallery runs two spaces with one within an industrial building near Red Market, while the other near the St. Paul Ruins. The gallery also opened the iAOHiN Amber Gallery situated right opposite the Mandarin’s House at enchanting Largo do Lilau. The brand in entirety supports a variety of workshops, talks, concerts, and special events. It continues to aim to showcase the diverse artworks of both established and emerging, local, and international artists. It endeavors to inspire personal connections with ideas, cultures, and art.
iAOHiN Gallery Largo do Lilau No.37, Macau, China, +853 6617 0981, www.facebook.com/pg/iaohingallery
A creative haven nestled in Macau, Blanc Art was launched in 2013. The gallery’s unique location highlights its distinguished purpose to offer a unique glimpse of the world of art in our city. Feel the inspiring vibe as you set foot inside the exhibition hall. Explore exhibitions of the contemporary work of established and emerging artists from Asia, Europe, and the USA. The art gallery also supports the careers of young artists from the region and encourages them to pursue their passion. Blanc Art aims to promote innovative artists and nurture artistic talent from around the world. Step inside this beautiful space for a lovely art appreciation moment and who knows you might just fall in love with a piece or two.
This article was originally written by Apple Salangsang in January 2018 and updated by Macau Lifestyle in April 2019.