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
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paintbrushes washed
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languages overheard
FEATURED ARTIST

Featured Artist – Rouwen & Reeve

Last month you might remember I wrote a blog bite all about Dorset Art Weeks and the fab artists I stumbled on: ROUWEN & REEVE.

I invited them to take part in my July Featured Artist Interview, where I could delve a little deeper into their work and practice.

Click the link below to read the full INTERVIEW…

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We Need You!
CALLING ALL ARTISTS

Along with building a FAIR TRADE ARTS PLATFORM this year, to help support and promote 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.


 

COMING SOON…

I will be introducing new info blog bites! on Art as a Business and how to get ahead shortly.

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A Mexican Adventure to MUSA!

A Mexican Adventure to MUSA!

A couple of years ago I had the chance to visit Isla Mujeres in Mexico. It was AMAZING. All the COLOUR, creativity (and of course food!) was so energising! While there I visited the underwater world of Jason De Caires Taylor, at the purpose built underwater museum, MUSA, just off the coast of Isla Mujeres,…

Featured Artist Interview  Rouwen & Reeve

Featured Artist Interview Rouwen & Reeve

Last month you might remember I wrote a blog bite all about Dorset Art Weeks and the fab artists I stumbled on: ROUWEN & REEVE. Well… I loved their work and passion for creating so much… that I invited them to take part in my July Featured Artist Interview, where I could delve a little deeper…

Blog Win – Sunshine Blogger Award

Blog Win – Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy. A lot of the time we find ourselves following our passion but feeling quite isolated. It’s not your “conventional job” so not everyone GETS it. For me, receiving this award meant that all of my hard work was actually being noticed!…

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-