Igniting the creative spark
Oi! is an art space located in the North Point community which is popular among the public. 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.
Oi! includes a historic building complex opened in 1908. It was a yacht club clubhouse which was on what was the waterfront in North Point at the time. Following land reclamation work in the 1930s, the buildings were 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 complex with tile roof was renamed as Oi!, which was opened to the public in 2013.
In order to provide more space to inspire and increase imagination, Oi! has further expanded in 2022, in which an adjacent outdoor space has been integrated with the original premises. The new extension provides both outdoor and indoor spaces to host a wide variety of art exhibitions and community-engaged activities that encouraging the public to enjoy the environment and to ignite creative ideas.
Oi! sets out to make art relevant in the community and to build a sustainable future through collective creativity and collaboration. Projects in a variety of genres – from design to architecture and from contemporary art to new creative media – are curated based on four main approaches: Oi! Spotlight invites both local and overseas artists to showcase their work in response to innovative ideas, boosting cultural exchanges between regions at the same time; Oi! Daily hosts events and invites the public to take part in a dialogue where art becomes a part of our daily life; Oi! OnSite invites talented creators to participate in artist-in-residence programmes with the aim of reconfiguring our impressions of and feelings about our surroundings; and Oi! SoGreen sets out to inspire the public with the plants at Oi! and art programmes that help reconnect them with the natural environment by providing a taste of green living with hints of flowers and fruits. Oi! offers platforms for distinctive art displays where a diversity of people can connect and where knowledge and experience from various disciplines can be compared and consolidated.