who am I?

I’m Anna, a creative explorer from Scotland and the person behind OiOi Arts. I LOVE travel and experiencing new places and seeing ALL the art!

I am combining my love of all things arty with my need to travel, resulting in the creation of OiOi Arts! The name stems partly from my time in Vietnam where ơi is used endearingly in greetings with the appropriate pronoun, as well as my own way of getting the attention of students in a class by shouting oi!

OiOi Arts is a kind of East meets West fusion!

I have discovered that Art is something that transcends language. I have worked with children with little or no English but through creativity, the barrier that language poses just melts away. Its a great way to interact, push boundaries and meet people that you might not ordinarily have the opportunity to do so otherwise. I have travelled through SE Asia and parts of Europe, engaging artistically with local communities, transferring skills and giving something back as I take incredible experiences and learn new skills in the process.

So, whats NEXT?! This year I will be setting up a FAIR TRADE ARTS PLATFORM which i’m SUPER excited about! As I travelled in SE Asia I was blown away by the skills and artistry of local artists. It saddened me that here they were, selling their masterpieces for peanuts while here in the West they would sell for a lot more- reflecting the skill, passion and time spent to create. THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE CHANGE…
I’m still piecing it together but watch this space for an update soon!
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miles travelled
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cups of tea
469
paintbrushes washed
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languages overheard
FEATURED ARTIST

Featured Artist – Kim Youdan

Kim is the artist and founder of VagaBeyond, which is, in her own words:

“a concoction of art, photography and travel”

As the ethos behind OiOi Arts is: ART, TRAVEL and CULTURE, interviewing Kim, who is currently in Mexico, seemed like a match made in heaven!

Photography is at the heart of her work. Capturing the soul of the places she visits is a starting point from which bold strokes of colour are applied, to highlight and draw you into the work. It is a really simplistic yet highly effective way of working, where the images really speak for themselves. The addition of painterly layers plays a supporting role, giving them an added punch!

We Need You!

Along with building a FAIR TRADE ARTS PLATFORM this year, to help support and promote local SE Asian artists, I also want to continue promoting and giving exposure to ALL ARTISTS! Artists

JUST. LIKE. YOU! 

Follow OiOi Arts on facebook, instagram and twitter and join the FAMILY! Get in touch if you want to be featured – We’d LOVE to hear from you.


I will also be introducing new info blog bites! on Art as a Business and how to get ahead. I understand the difficulties facing you in the ARTS niche, especially as you start out!

Where do I start? what social media should I use? do I need a shop? how do I market myself? HELP!?

I want to answer these questions and share tips, templates and more! to help YOU succeed. So, get involved and follow, like, SHARE and tweet us!

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Featured Artist – Kia Marie Hunt  -Aspire to Amble-

Featured Artist – Kia Marie Hunt  -Aspire to Amble-

I LOVE to travel. This is not a secret! In fact if you keep up with me on social media (and my other blog posts) you’ll see that I pop up here there and everywhere! I love nothing more than seeking out the art that makes a place unique… …wherever that may be (and usually…

TOKYO – Japan Series

TOKYO – Japan Series

Japan is like no place I’ve ever experienced before. It’s amazing! Filled with a buzz and energy, it lived up to and surpassed all expectations I had. It is a full assault of the senses: bright lights complete with mechanical sea creatures, old and new architecture, the smell and taste of tantalising food, the feel…

FEATURED ARTIST – KIM YOUDAN

FEATURED ARTIST – KIM YOUDAN

Kim is the artist and founder of VagaBeyond, which is, in her own words: “a concoction of ART, PHOTOGRAPHY and TRAVEL”   As the ethos behind OiOi Arts is ART, TRAVEL and CULTURE, interviewing Kim who is currently in Mexico, seemed like a match made in heaven! Photography is at the heart of her work. Capturing the…

Hey! Want to collaborate or give me some inspiration on places to visit?!

Hit the contact button and get in touch, I'd love to hear from you!

Even though i’m now back in the UK doesn’t mean the Art blogging or need to search out the range of diverse arts out there will end! Far from it!! I’m always keen to meet up with other creatives; collaborate via online projects or visit new places and see what creative traditions or influences are to be found! So, let me know if you know of anywhere interesting I should check out so I can get planning for the next adventure 😊

Wanderlust

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.

-Hans Christian Andersen-