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Join us to celebrate 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.

Focusing on Art & Public Space within the context of Westgate, this special event brings together all five commissioned artists in a discussion chaired by Director of Modern Art Oxford, Paul Hobson.

The talk will be preceded by a curator-led tour of the artworks which have been commissioned especially for locations throughout the centre. If you buy a ticket to the tour, you will get free entry into the panel discussion and drinks reception.

3 – 4pm: Curator-led tour of commissioned artworks at Westgate
Meeting point – Bonn Square, Oxford
£6 (£4 concession) – ticket price includes free entry into the panel discussion and drinks reception

4.30-5.45pm: Artists’ Panel Discussion followed by a drinks reception
Modern Art Oxford
£6 (£4 concession)

David Batchelor, Homage to Dr Mirabilis, 2018. Image credit: Ben Westoby

Rana Begum, No. 274 Reflectors, 2017. Image credit: Ben Westoby

William Cobbing, Paradise Garden, 2017

Nicky Hirst, Myriad, 2017. Image credit: Ben Westoby

Daniela Schönbächler, The Lantern and Oculus, 2017. Image credit: Lorenz Ehrismann

Art at Westgate is a programme of artworks commissioned by Westgate Alliance for Westgate, curated by Modus Operandi. Read more about Art at Westgate here.

With thanks to the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom for providing Swiss sparkling wine for the Art at Westgate reception.

David Batchelor

For over twenty-five years David Batchelor has been concerned with our experience of colour within the modern urban environment. His work comprises three-dimensional works, installations, drawing, painting, photographs and animations. He has also written a number of books and essays on colour, including Chromophobia (2000) and The Luminous and the Grey (2014).

David Batchelor studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham (1978) and Cultural Studies, Centre of Contemporary Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham (1980). He was born in Dundee and lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Psychogeometry, Matt’s Gallery, London (2017); Chromatology, Ab-Anbar Gallery, Tehran (2017); Reef, Handel Street Projects, London (2016); Glowsticks, Galeria Leme, São Paulo (2016). Recent Public Art Commissions include: Chromorama, Broadgate, London (2015); Chromolocomotion, St Pancras International, London (2014).

David’s artwork Homage to Doctor Mirabilis, commissioned for the Art at Westgate programme, is located in Leiden Square, adjacent to John Lewis.

Rana Begum

Rana Begum’s practice draws inspiration from the abstract collision of colours, forms and movement in contemporary urban environments. Begum finds fleeting moments of transcendence amongst the visual clamour and discord of journeying through a city, translating these ephemeral occurrences into works of art.

Her sculptural compositions, with their repeating geometric patterns and vibrant hues, explore the reflection of light. They engage with the viewer by presenting changing symmetries and forms that, with each movement, create a new moment of alignment.

Rana Begum studied painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design (1999) and Slade School of Art (2002). She was born in Bangladesh and lives and works in London. Recent Solo Exhibitions include: Space Light Colour, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2017) and Parasol Unit, London (2016). Recent Public Art Commission: No. 700 Reflectors, Lewis Cubitt Square, temporary work for the Kings Cross Project (2017).

Rana’s artwork No.274 Reflectors commissioned for the Art at Westgate programme is located at the escalators, Middle Square.

William Cobbing

William Cobbing’s artworks encompass a diverse range of media, including sculpture, installation, performance and video. Slapstick scenarios are created in which people are depicted immured in surrounding architecture, or buried under layers of earth or clay. The works allude to the idea of entropy, blurring the boundaries between body and landscape. Recent works involve the imprint of text and image into ceramic surfaces; from words scored into wet clay then effaced, to impressions of found images transformed through lustre glazes.

William Cobbing studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins (1997) and De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2000); Awarded PhD Fine Art by Practice at Middlesex University (2010). He lives and works in London. Recent Exhibitions include: LER! Museum Jorn, Denmark; Material Gestures, E-WERK, Freiburg, Germany; Further Thoughts on Earthy Materials, Kunsthaus, Hamburg and GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen (2018); Terrapolis, French School, Athens, organised by Whitechapel Gallery and NEON (2015); What’s Love Got To Do With It, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London; To Continue / Notes Towards a Sculpture Cycle, NOMAS Foundation, Rome; Transactions of the Duddo Field Club, mima - Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2014).

William’s artwork, Paradise Garden, commissioned for the Art at Westgate programme, is located in Greyfriars Place.

Nicky Hirst

Nicky Hirst is known for her subtle and elegant works, often incorporating commonplace materials that are designed to draw attention to the idiosyncrasies and psychological dimension of a given site or context and where slight shifts of manipulation or juxtaposition alter meaning. She employs a wide range of media which includes drawing, sculpture, print, etched glass, collage, text and photography. Nicky Hirst studied Fine Art, Maidstone College of Art (1985) and Art and Architecture at KIAD, Canterbury (1994). She lives and works in London. Recent Solo Exhibitions include: Elemental Works, DOMOBAAL, London, solo (2018); Invisible Mending, AMP Peckham, London (2017); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Cogliandrino, Basilicata, Italy (2016). Recent Public Art Commissions include: New Union Wharf, London; Y Bwthyn Macmillan Specialist Care Unit, Wales; Westbourne Park Baptist Church + Dolphin Living, London. Nicky’s artwork Myriad, commissioned for the Art at Westgate programme is located at the foyer entrance to Oxford Central Library and at the Library’s Castle Street windows.

Daniela Schönbächler

Daniela Schönbächler works across various artistic disciplines including installation, sculpture, photography and painting. Besides numerous solo and group exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad, a large part of her creative work takes the form of permanent public art installations and art and architectural projects.

After training as an architect, in Switzerland and Paris, followed by a period with Mario Botta’s architectural studio in Lugano, her interests increasingly turned to the visual arts. Architecture and related themes, however continue to be of significant interest to her and influence and characterize her work from a conceptual point of view.

Daniela Schönbächler studied at Paris-Belleville École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture (1990); Architecture, Zug, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Diploma of Vocational Education and Training in Architecture (1989). She was born in Zug, Switzerland and currently lives and works in Venice, London and Switzerland.

Recent Exhibitions include: Island and Lighthouse, Eigerøy, Norway, site specific installation solo show, organised by Museum Hå Gamle, Prestegard (2018); Max Frisch Bad, Letzigraben, Zurich, Switzerland, site specific installation group show (2018); Bex & Arts, Triennial of Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture, Switzerland (2017); Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland, Collection Exhibition (Dec 2016 – Feb 2017). Recent Public Art Commissions: Infinitum, Hirslanden Andreasklinik, Zug, Switzerland (2018); Lumen, Kunst am Bau, Magistrate’s Court Building, Payerne, Switzerland (2017).

Daniela’s artwork the Lantern, commissioned for the Art at Westgate programme, is located atop the right-hand skyline of the main entrance to Westgate. The Oculus, a circular aperture within the entrance façade, forms a complementary element to the Lantern.