Old Building, New Platform for Artists – Oi!
Guided walking tour by Ivy Lin, Curator, Art Promotion Office
Meet up at Exit A, Fortress Hill MTR Station at 10:15AM
Tour at 10:30AM
End approximately at 12:00PM
The red-brick complex at 12 Oil Street is a Grade II historic building. First erected on the North Point foreshore in 1908, the building once served as the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. It was then turned into staff quarters for the Government Supplies Department, whose warehouse on reclaimed land it silently supported until, in 1999, its work was subcontracted out. The complex was subsequently made open to the public on a short-term lease arrangement, the low rental rate immediately attracted a lot of designers, artists, and newly founded art groups, who gathered to organize activities and established the first artist village in Hong Kong.
The site has been refurbished into an art space and is now open in its new configuration with its first exhibition “Embark! Beyond the Horizon” featuring four artists inspired by the space. Ivy Lin, Curator of Art Promotion Office (APO) will lead Asia Society members and friends on a site tour, detailing the history of the space, the current exhibition, and share APO’s aspiration of using Oi! as a place for art, a laboratory and platform for artists and the general public to share experiences and fulfill artistic potential.