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Penny Woolcock: Parallel Worlds


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


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:

Video – A Slice through the World: artists’ panel discussion


On Friday 15 June 2018, a selection of artists featured in A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings were brought together for the first time to discuss their individual works in the exhibition, as well as their wider practice.

This revealing panel discussion featured exhibiting artists Kate Davis, Ian Kiaer, David Musgrave and Massinissa Selmani and was chaired by curators Stephanie Straine and Kate Macfarlane. A Slice through the World is on at Modern Art Oxford until 9 September and Drawing Room, London until 5 August 2018.

Read more about A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings here.


Video – The Making of A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings


In this latest video, we have captured the fascinating process of transforming one Modern Art Oxford exhibition into another. Watch our Production Team dismantle Cinthia Marcelle’s immersive installation, The Family in Disorder: Truth or Dare and set up the galleries for our current exhibition, A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings. 

A Slice through the World is presented in partnership with Drawing Room, London and features stunning drawings by 14 international artists. See the exhibition at Modern Art Oxford until 9 September.

Read more about A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings here. 



Video: Insights into A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings


Created to accompany the exhibition, A Slice through the World, this video offers special insights into the works and includes interviews with exhibiting artists including Kate Davis, Karl Haendel, David Haines, David Musgrave, Kathy Prendergast and Barbara Walker.


A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings is an exhibition presented in joint partnership with Drawing Room, London. See the exhibition at Modern Art Oxford from 16 June – 9 September 2018.

Video: The Making of Cinthia Marcelle’s The Family in Disorder (2018)


Modern Art Oxford is thrilled to present The Family in Disorder: Truth or Dare, the first major UK solo exhibition by Cinthia Marcelle (b. 1974, Belo Horizonte, lives and works in São Paulo). In her new exhibition, Marcelle has transformed the vast Upper Gallery with a newly commissioned two-part installation, The Family in Disorder (2018), which reacts to the architecture of the gallery through two site-responsive structures made from materials that include brick, chalk, boxes of matches and feathers. 

Throughout the course of a week, Marcelle has worked collectively with local artists and art technicians to disrupt, disassemble and reconfigure one of the structures, creating a mirror image of order and chaos across the two galleries, the result of which remains unknown until the exhibition’s public opening. 

Witness the creative process behind the work in our new time-lapse video, which captures the team as they dramatically transform the Upper Gallery. Look out for the smoke grenades at the end! 

The Family in Disorder: Truth or Dare, Cinthia Marcelle opens 10 March and runs until 27 May 2018. 

Read more about the exhibition here