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Modern Art Oxford offers professional development opportunities for young people aged 16-21. Working with schools and partner organisations, we support a culture of learning and participation, and give creative space for young people to map out pathways for their own artistic development in Oxford.

City as Studio 2018/2019: Moving Image

Modern Art Oxford’s second annual project with schools explores digital moving image.

Students from Oxford Spires Academy, Cheney School, Oxford sixth form college and City College work in groups to produce original short art films in response to a curatorial brief that asks students to look beyond surface impressions and portray specific subjective experiences of life in the city streets of Oxford.

‘Collaboratively we were interested in investigating diversity, multiculturalism and drug addiction in our city. 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.’

– Phoebe, student filmmaker. ⠀

Watch the student’s finished film shorts in the below showreel designed by the project’s Lead Artist, Kate Mahony.

Follow the project below on our digital gallery Padlet.

City as Studio 2017/2018: Photographs of Oxford by Young Artists

From November 2017 – June 2018 Modern Art Oxford worked with over 50 young people (16 – 18 years old) from two local state schools and a college to create photographic journeys through the city from the perspective of the students.


This co-production has enabled an in-depth experience of making art, and the professional presentation of creative works. The resulting publication, City as Studio: Photographs of Oxford by Young Artists, invites readers to learn from their insights and is a creative response to vital questions for visual art.