This page provides answer to the most common questions we get asked about Modern Art Oxford. If you’re question isn’t answered below, please visit our Contact page to get in touch.
What are your opening hours?
Modern Art Oxford is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. We are closed on Mondays. The gallery has a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions which are planned 12 to 18 months in advance. We do not have a permanent collection. For this reason, when an exhibition ends there is often a 3-week period where the Shop and Café are open but our galleries are closed while they are prepared for our next exhibition. Please check our What’s On page for up to date information on exhibitions, and head to our Visit page to plan your trip to the gallery: www.modernartoxford.org.uk/visit
What is your current exhibition?
Please visit our What’s On page for up to date information on our current exhibitions, related events and our online programme. Please note, we are a gallery with no permanent collection. For this reason, when an exhibition ends there is often a 3-week period where the Shop and Café are open but our galleries are closed as they are prepared for our next exhibition.
Is the Café open?
Our Café is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm, serving homemade soups, sandwiches and salads, as well as teas and our special house blend of Lavazza coffee. Find out more on our Café page.
Is the gallery wheelchair accessible?
Modern Art Oxford’s public spaces are set over three floors, and we have stair-free access to all our floors. The entrance on St Ebbe’s Street is at street level, and there is a platform lift at the Pembroke Street entrance. Our passenger lift is located in the Café and goes to the galleries and the basement. The lift dimensions are 130cm wide by 140cm deep (and 230cm high). The clear door opening is 85cm wide, and the max weight in the lift is 800kg (8 persons). Find out more on our Access page.
Do you have a hearing loop?
There are induction loop units in the Shop and Welcome Desk areas to aid communication with visitors. Find out more on our Access page.
Do you have disabled toilets?
We have an accessible toilet in the basement – please use the lift to access it. All other toilets are on the ground floor down 3 steps adjacent to the shop. Find out more on our Access page.
If you have any other questions about access to the gallery ahead of your visit, please get in touch on 01865 722733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Am I allowed to visit the gallery with a large group?
We offer bespoke tours for groups of more than 10, but we ask that you contact us in advance of your visit so we can ensure we can accommodate you. Visit our Group Bookings page for more information.
Where can I park?
Where possible, we encourage a car-free visit to Modern Art Oxford, however you can find details of Oxford car parks at www.oxford.gov.uk/carparks. There are also three parking spaces for blue badge holders in close proximity to the gallery entrance on St Ebbe’s Street. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.
How much is entry?
Most of our exhibitions and events are free. For our autumn exhibition, Anish Kapoor: Painting we are charging an entrance fee, as well as for some of our public programming events.
Although Modern Art Oxford has previously charged for exhibitions, our policy in recent years has been to offer free admission across all exhibitions. The ticketed Anish Kapoor exhibition will ensure we can continue to create world-class experiences of contemporary art for all audiences. From 2021 onwards the gallery will present a high-profile exhibition by a major international figure every 12 to 15 months, for which there will be a charge for entry.
Tickets will be £7.50 for adults, with a concession rate of £5. Children under 12 and carers can visit for free when with a paying adult or concession, but you will still need to book a free ‘Child (under 12)/Carer’ ticket ahead of your visit to guarantee space on your chosen day and time.
Who can get a concession ticket?
Concessions apply to:
- Young people aged 12-26 years old
- Students with a NUS card or equivalent
- People aged over 65
- Individuals in receipt of DWP benefits
- Art Fund members
- Disabled and neuro-minority groups
Anyone under 12 can visit the exhibition for free with a paying adult or concession. We also have complimentary tickets for carers and anyone in possession of a registered carers card when visiting with a paying adult or concession. For both, you still need to book a free ‘Child (under 12)/Carer’ ticket in advance of your visit.
Proof of status must be shown for relevant concessions and all free tickets on arrival at Modern Art Oxford.
I am a Friend of Modern Art Oxford, can I get in free?
Yes, Friends are eligible for a free ticket to our charging exhibitions, but you must still book in advance of your visit. When booking, please book a ‘MAO Supporter – Friend’ ticket for your chosen date and time. On arrival, please ensure you bring your membership card as proof that you are a Friend. If you do not have a membership card, please email email@example.com and they will send one out to you. You can join as a Friend for as little as £30 a year. Find out more.
I am a Patron, Director’s Circle member or Commissioning Circle member of Modern Art Oxford, do I get in free?
Yes, if you are a member of any one of our supporter levels, you are eligible for two free tickets to our charging exhibitions, but you must still book in advance of your visit. When booking, please book a ‘MAO Supporter – Patron, Director’s Circle or Commissioning Circle’ ticket for your chosen date and time. On arrival you will be asked to show ID and your Exhibition Pass, which will be both emailed and posted to you by our Development team. If you did not receive an Exhibition Pass either by post or email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send one out to you. Find out more about supporting the gallery.
How can I purchase tickets?
Tickets for Anish Kapoor: Painting are available on the Modern Art Oxford website.
Tickets for other workshops and events can be booked via the What’s on page.
Do I need to book in advance?
Anish Kapoor: Painting is extremely popular, particularly on weekends, so to guarantee entry on your chosen date and time, booking in advance is highly recommended. Book tickets now.
We also recommend that you book in advance for all our workshops and events.
Can I purchase a ticket to Anish Kapoor: Painting in person on the day?
Yes, there will be the ability to book on the day in person at the gallery. However, the exhibition is very popular, particularly on weekends, so to guarantee entry on your chosen date and time, booking in advance is highly recommended. Book tickets now.
Are the exhibition tickets timed? And if so, how long for?
Yes, we have set up timed ticketing to manage numbers in the space at any one time. When you book, you will be offered a selection of time slots. Your ticket will only gain you access to the exhibition within the time slot on your ticket. However, once you are in the exhibition, you are able to stay as long as you like or until the gallery closes at 5pm.
I have booked an exhibition ticket but can no longer attend, can I get a refund?
We do not provide refunds or exchanges on tickets if you have changed your mind. If there are disruptions beyond your control, such as train strikes or extreme weather conditions, which prevent you from travelling to the gallery, refunds or exchanges will be made at the discretion of Modern Art Oxford. We may be able to change the date and/or time of your paid-for tickets, but this is subject to a booking fee and availability. Please email or call Modern Art Oxford if you would like to change your booking, email@example.com or 01865 722733.
Can I come in to Modern Art Oxford just to use the Café or Shop?
Yes, tickets are just for entry to the Anish Kapoor exhibition upstairs and to selected workshops and events. You may come to Modern Art Oxford for free to visit our Shop, Café and downstairs gallery Creative Space, which will be showing an exhibition by our Making Space Safe group from 5 -21 November. From December onwards our Creative Space will be turned into a family friendly activities room which will be free to enter.
Can I book a group visit?
Yes, Modern Art Oxford offers a number of options for groups visiting the gallery. However, we ask that you contact us in advance of your visit so we can ensure we can accommodate you. On Wednesday and Thursdays we offer free group bookings for groups in full time education (anyone coming with a school or university class or course). Maximum group size is 60 including staff. These bookings are subject to availability and must be booked two weeks in advance. To book, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I receive a physical ticket in the post or an online confirmation?
You will receive a confirmation via email, which will include your ticket, either in the body of the email or attached as a PDF. Upon entry to the gallery, please make sure you have the ticket on your phone or printed out so our staff can scan it and check you in.
I have booked a ticket but not received an email, what do I do?
If you have booked a ticket but have not received a confirmation, we recommend that you first check your junk mail in case it has been directed there. If you still have no confirmation from us of your booked tickets, please contact us on email@example.com or call 01865 722733 and we will confirm your booking for you and resend your tickets.
If you have any other questions about tickets for Anish Kapoor: Painting, please call us on 01865 722733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I make a complaint or send you feedback about my visit?
If you have any feedback on your visit to the gallery or on any of our online programming, we recommend you get in touch with us via our Contact page.
Do you offer work experience or placements?
We have various opportunities throughout the year. Please visit our Careers page for information on our most recent vacancies, or our Volunteer page if you would like to start volunteering today.
How are you funded?
Modern Art Oxford is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation, and receives funding from Oxford City Council, but it also relies on the generosity of individuals, trusts and foundations and corporate funders. This support enables a bold and inclusive artistic programme that ensures access to world-class exhibitions, innovative digital content and inspiring creative learning projects for audiences of all backgrounds, ages and abilities.
To find out more about supporting the gallery, volunteering, or joining as a Friend, please visit our Support page.
Can I make a submission for an exhibition or project at the gallery?
Modern Art Oxford’s exhibition programme is devised by the gallery’s curatorial team and is planned up to two years in advance, with exhibitions and projects arising from direct invitations to artists and institutions. We are rarely able to accommodate unsolicited proposals for projects and exhibitions.
If you would still like to make a submission, please visit our Contact page and click the option ‘Project/exhibition submission’. We receive a high number of submissions and therefore can only provide feedback on individual submissions that might be taken forward.
How do I get in touch with the Director?
To get in touch with any member of our team, please visit our Contact page and click the option most relevant to your enquiry.
How long has the gallery been here?
Modern Art Oxford was founded in 1965, and has a rich history of bold and progressive programming that promotes diversity and internationalism, encourages public engagement with creativity and the arts, and promotes the importance of contemporary visual culture in today’s society. To find out more about our history as a gallery, please visit our History page.