PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 March, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 March, 2003, 12:00am

Need some respite from the endless grog-a-go-round? Get some culture under your belt instead at some of the city's finest art offerings.

Coinciding with the forthcoming Rolling Stones concert in Hong Kong (March 28 and 29), J Gallery hosts a show featuring paintings by bassist Ron Wood of his bandmates and the stellar cast of musicians he has worked and jammed with. J Gallery, 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central. Inquiries: 2369 9062. March 21-31

Opening its doors for the first time tomorrow with an invitation-only ceremony, the Asia Art Archive will be open to the public from next week. Hong Kong's first research centre dedicated to contemporary art from Asia, it offers state-of-the-art computer facilities, and study and reading areas. Visitors can access the archive's exhibition catalogues, artist's monographs, art books and a comprehensive online catalogue. 2/F, 8 Wah Koon Building, 181-191 Hollywood Road, Central. Inquiries: info@aaa.org.hk or call 2815 0032

Prominent Hanoi landscape artist Pham Luan's latest muse is the city of Venice. In the aptly named Venice - Through The Eyes Of Pham Luan, he brings out the romance of the city (right) with his eye for luminous, bright colours on canvasses that seem to burst with vitality. The exhibition showcases paintings created during two visits to the city. From Thursday, 5.30pm-8.30pm, until the end of April. Galerie La Vong, 13F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Tel: 2869 6863

The latest collection of works by Shanghai-based multimedia artist Xue Song includes a portrait of Lenin, a Chinese poem written in ink calligraphy and a picture of a horse with writings in ancient Chinese hieroglyphics. What brings them together is how they are made - from ripped-up and burnt books. Galerie du Monde, 328 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. Inquiries: 2525 0529. Until March 31

Irene Chou is a late starter - she undertook her first painting lesson at 30. Now 79, the Brisbane-based painter has clocked up an awesome collection of works and a few awards along the way, including the Hong Kong Artist of the Year title in 1988. A turbulent personal life only increased the power of her ink paintings. The Universe Is My Heart showcases her work from 1992 - when she suffered a stroke - and it was evident that illness failed to dull any of the explosive energy. Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Free admission. Inquiries: 2582 0200. Ends Wednesday