New extension of Oil Street Art Space becomes an Instagram-worthy hotspot!
In order to provide more space to inspire greater imagination, Oi! rolled out an expansion project in 2019, in which an adjacent outdoor space of over 3,000 square metres was integrated with the original premises. The new space features a new two-storey building incorporating an exhibition and multipurpose venue. The brand new space is open to the public now, while Oi! is now launching 10 art projects, hoping to provide the district with more community art and leisure space, and to become a cultural landmark in Hong Kong.
What is "Oi!"?
Oi! is housed in the former clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, which was opened in 1908 on what was the waterfront in North Point. Following land reclamation work there in the 1930s, the building was initially converted into staff quarters for the Government Supplies Department and later into a storage facility for the Antiquities and Monuments Office. After it was allocated to the Art Promotion Office for revitalisation and restoration, the red-bricked Grade II historic building with a tile roof was renamed the Oil Street Art Space (Oi!), which opened to the public in 2013.
Its name links the ideas behind it with its location: Oi! sounds similar to the address in Cantonese and conveys a call for people's attention while providing a platform where they can realise their dreams in art.
The 10 art exhibitions and public engagement activities
The 10 art exhibitions and public engagement activities launched by Oi! include two highlight exhibitions in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: "Joyful Trees (Arbores Laetae)" and "d'strict Remix". Other art projects include "Digital Muse", "Our Living Library", "Neverending Garden", "XCHANGE", "People-Plant-Place", "Three Gardens", "Oi! Sunday", and the outdoor artworks "Branching Benches" and "Mapping Oi!". Through this series of projects, Oi! sets out to connect art and the community, and to build a sustainable future through collective creativity and collaboration.