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!
9049
miles travelled
892
cups of tea
469
paintbrushes washed
98
languages overheard
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FEATURED ARTIST INTERVIEW – CORVID EYES

I love a bit of collage, who doesn’t?! The cutting edge (pun most definitely intended!) collages by Corvid Eyes are always intriguing, and with imagery taken from the past, they have a real sense of a by-gone age brought into the 21st century, which I just love! This months featured artist interview is with Aberdeen based Jenny Hood: the (wo)man, the myth, the legend behind Corvid Eyes…

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Featured Artist Interview – Shannon Quick

Featured Artist Interview – Shannon Quick

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Featured Artist Interview – Corvid Eyes

Featured Artist Interview – Corvid Eyes

Featured Artist Interview – Corvid Eyes I love a bit of collage, who doesn’t?! The cutting edge (pun most definitely intended!) collages by Corvid Eyes are always intriguing, and with imagery taken from the past, they have a real sense of a by-gone age brought into the 21st century, which I just love! This months…

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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-