As part of the Christmas Light Festival, our Yard has been transformed by young artists into an exciting multi-media installation exploring the unconventional history of the St Ebbe’s area.
Once densely populated, St Ebbe’s underwent dramatic changes in the 1960s when the multi-storey car park and shopping centre were built, with many residents being moved to new housing at the edges of the city. Now the area is evolving once more with the development of the new Westgate Oxford.
During the last eighteen months artist Rachel Barbaresi has been researching St Ebbe’s through memories, documents and archives. Presented in an artist’s book, this material has also been presented in ‘urbansuburban’ shown at the Museum of Oxford, and in work exhibited at Modern Art Oxford as part of the exhibition ‘Future Knowledge.’
iCreative is a new platform for young artists in Oxford established by Film Oxford and Fusion Arts. In this project, fourteen iCreative students bring their own perspectives to Rachel Barbaresi’s material through drawing, sculpture, design, projection and experimental film. As well as working alongside Rachel Barbaresi, artists Nicola Josse, Chris Oakley and Peter Walker (Luxmuralis) are providing guidance and technical support during the creative process. The project is funded by the Arts Council of England and Oxford City Council and supported by Modern Art Oxford and Oxford Archaeology.