Oi! is an arts centre developed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to promote visual arts to the public and provide opportunities for up-and-coming artists to showcase their creations through exhibitions. It opened to the public on May 2013 and have since organized various art-related projects and activities that encourage citizens to participate in arts in Hong Kong.
The centre is housed in the former headquarters of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club located in a historic complex at 12 Oil Street, Fortress Hill, North Point, at the corner with Electric Road in Hong Kong. The address sounds like "Oi!," which in Cantonese conveys a call for people's attention. Oi! aims to spark passion and provide a platform where artists can realize their dreams.
The main building and two ancillary buildings were built in 1908 and features Arts and Crafts architectural style with red-brick and stucco exteriors. The main building is a declared Grade II historic building.
There are 3 main types of activities organized by Oi!, namely, Y! Projects, E! Projects and A! Projects. Y! Projects cater to young artists to develop creative talents through exhibitions and sharing. They can exchange their ideas with professionals, showcase their works and raise their profiles under this project. This project provides opportunities for new artists to learn and gain recognition, like "Sparkle! Art for the future", that encourages discussion and exploration of the relationship between art, contemporary life and social issues.
E! Projects allows artists and community groups to exchange and create new insights through activities like "XCHANGE", "Connectivity! Urban Arc-tion". The activities provide a platform to promote arts, architecture, local issues and stories through social interactions.
A! Projects provides a platform for artists and local residents to create environmental displays that merge art with the urban environment in the city. It allows participants to integrate art into daily life and make it to become a life defining attitude. "Living Art Projects" allows artists and citizens to beautify buildings under the theme "Green Art". It injects public's creativity into daily life and let participants experience art in their daily life.
Oi! Artist Centre is open at the following hours:
Mondays: 2:00 – 8:00pm
Tuesdays to Sundays: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Closed on Mondays from 10:00am to 2:00pm (except public holidays)
Closed at 5:00pm on Christmas Eve (24 December) and Lunar New Year's Eve (30 January 2014)
Closed on the first two days of the Lunar New Year (31 January & 1 February 2014)
To get there, take MTR to Fortress Hill Station (Exit A), then ride bus nos. 2, 2A, 8x, A11, 10, 18, 18P, 19, 23, 25A, 63, 65, 81, 89R, 102, 106, 110, 112, 116,307P, 601, 619, 619X, 680, 680A, 690, 692, 802 or mini-bus nos. 56, 69.