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Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-5pm
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The gallery and cafe are closed on Mondays.

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Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10am - 5pm
Wednesday
10am - 5pm
Thursday
10am - 5pm
Friday
10am - 5pm
Saturday
10am - 5pm
Sunday
12pm - 5pm

Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 12pm - 5pm.
The gallery and cafe are closed on Mondays.

City as Studio: Moving Image Showreel

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City as Studio: Moving Image is Modern Art Oxford’s second annual project with schools, focusing on exploring the city through digital moving image.

Led by artist Kate Mahony, students from Oxford Spires Academy, Cheney School, Oxford Sixth Form College and City College worked in groups to create short art films which look beyond surface impressions of Oxford to portray experiences of real life in the city streets.

A-level student Phoebe, who took part in the project, reflected; “It was such a good opportunity for us to work alongside Modern Art Oxford and take time to really explore the alternative aesthetic of the city through the eyes of young contemporaries like us .. We had lessons with Modern Art Oxford teaching us the ways of filming and editing, along with musical input, to help prepare for our final film … The process was challenging but lots of fun!” 

We are thrilled to share the student’s finished film shorts in the below video showreel.

Read more about City as Studio: Moving Image here.

Activating our Archives: ‘catching’ memories with the local community

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Modern Art Oxford’s Activating Our Archives project involved local people creating an online archive of imagery to represent Oxford’s different community groups. Inspired by the concurrent exhibition by Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari and led by local artist Sunil Shah, 18 project participants met weekly to share memories and imagery from their heritage and everyday lives. These were then collected and shared online via social media and in a remarkable digital archive. Learn more:

Fragments from a Shared Archive

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Inspired by Akram Zaatari’s exhibition The Script, Activating our Archives is a group project led by artist Sunil Shah which uses photography and curation to bring together a community of people from across Oxford to build an online archive of images that reflect on and explore their own lives.

This video displays a selection of the finished archive which can also be viewed through the Instagram hashtag #activatingourarchives.

The archive reflects and expresses aspects of our lives that we consider as private, public, individual and collective. It explores how images are used online and how we represent ourselves online through social media.

Penny Woolcock: In Conversation

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On November 22nd November Penny Woolcock was joined by Modern Art Oxford’s Head of Programme and Chief Curator Emma Ridgway for an in-depth discussion about the themes and inspirations behind Woolcock’s four-decade long practice and her Modern Art Oxford exhibition Fantastic Cities (17 November 2018 – 3 March 2019).

As one of the UK’s most groundbreaking visual artists, Woolcock’s career spans film, opera and television and she is widely celebrated for her intimate and uncompromising portrayals of social inequality in cities.

Penny Woolcock: Parallel Worlds

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We are thrilled to launch the new HENI Talks film, Penny Woolcock: Parallel Worlds. Responding to Modern Art Oxford’s exhibition Penny Woolcock: Fantastic Cities (17 November 2018 – 3 March 2019), this short film explores the life and influences of the groundbreaking artist and filmmaker.

Penny Woolcock: Parallel Worlds from HENI Talks on Vimeo.

Penny Woolcock is an artist, filmmaker and director, amongst other things. But hers is an art that is not the preserve of the gallery. Rather, Woolcock seeks to create art that contributes towards real impact in the world, exploring issues of social inequality that we encounter every day on the streets, though we may not always realise it.

Indeed, Woolcock turns her lens to the streets to expose the ‘parallel worlds’ that coexist, often imperceptibly, in daily life. Whether it be the difference in experience of taking a walk in North London on a summers evening between a middle-class resident and one of the “Cally Boyz”, of Caledonian Road, as in The Same Road is a Different Road (2018), or acting as a line of communication between rival gangs in Birmingham as in One Mile Away (2012), Woolcock seeks to tell the stories of often overlooked social groups, helping us to ‘imagine a different way of living’ together.

Read more about Modern Art Oxford exhibition Penny Woolcock: Fantastic Cities.

Art at Westgate Panel Discussion

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On Friday 2 November Modern Art Oxford and Modus Operandi celebrated Art at Westgate, a programme of public art featuring work by some of the most respected artists in Britain and mainland Europe today: David Batchelor, Rana Begum, William Cobbing, Nicky Hirst and Daniela Schönbächler.

The event focussed on Art & Public Space within the context of Westgate Oxford and brought together all five commissioned artists in a discussion chaired by Director of Modern Art Oxford, Paul Hobson. The video below is a recording of the roundtable discussion: