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Century-Old Historical HK Building Renovated into Art Center

Century-Old Historical HK Building Renovated into Art Center

The brick building now used as "Oi!" has a history of over 100 years.

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"Oi!" is a brick building at 12 Oil Street, North Point that is over a century old. Renovations there wrapped up in late May, and Oi! is now hosting a roughly two-month-long art exhibit called "Embark! Beyond the Horizon."

Built in 1908, the brick structure served as the clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club until 1938. After the club moved due to reclamation work that pushed the seawater far from the site, the government designated the building a warehouse and used it as such for the next 50 years. Artists began to meet there during year-long restoration work in 1999 and 2000, which then led to the most recent renovations.

The name Oi! comes from its similarity to the pronunciation of the building's physical address in Cantonese, and incorporates the idea of "spreading art and culture from here to enrich society." The entire structure is made up of a main building and annex and has a total floor space of around 2,100 square meters. Oi! also hopes people will use the roughly 300-square-meter lawn for exhibits and relaxation.

The theme of "Embark! Beyond the Horizon," an event to commemorate the completed renovations, is "the sea." Local artists are exhibiting assorted works representing the intangible traces of the sea that once reached here.

Oi! is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, closed on Sundays and holidays). The exhibit runs until August 18. Admission is free of charge.

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