Modern Art Oxford

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Founded in 1965, Modern Art Oxford is a visual art gallery devoted to presenting exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. We have a national and international reputation for the quality of our exhibitions and accompanying community and education programme. Funded primarily by Arts Council England, all of our exhibitions and many of our events, activities and workshops are free for visitors.

From landmark solo presentations to pioneering group exhibitions, visiting Modern Art Oxford will keep you up to date with the most exciting developments in international art.You can also relax in our café, purchase unique gifts in the shop, and participate in our vibrant events, programme which includes talks, discussions, contemporary music and film nights.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10.00 – 17.00
Wednesday: 10.00 – 17.00
Thursday: 10.00 – 22.00, galleries close at 19.00
Friday: 10.00 – 22.00, galleries close at 19.00
Saturday: 10.00 – 22.00, galleries close at 19.00
Sunday: 12.00 – 17.00

Modern Art Oxford is closed on Mondays

Admission charges

Admission to Modern Art Oxford and all exhibitions is free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
View of the work being made by Mir and her collaborators

Aleksandra Mir - Space Tapestry: Human Spaceflight and Earth Observation

  • 24 June — 12 November 2017 *on now

New chapters of Aleksandra Mir’s ongoing work Space Tapestry span the walls of Modern Art Oxford’s Piper gallery. The huge monochrome drawings are inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and the artists who depicted Halley’s Comet in 1066. Much like a graphic novel, Space Tapestry tells an episodic visual story of Space travel. Mir has brought together a team of collaborators aged 18 to 24, to draw the work collectively in her studio. At Modern Art Oxford, Mir presents Space Tapestry: Earth Observation & Human Spaceflight.

The drawings contemplate the future possibilities of Space and the evolution of advanced technology — particularly satellites and human space flight — in relations to our daily lives. The works explore the balance of technological progress and humanistic objectives, expressed through the work’s layered and participatory execution.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/aleksandra-mir-space-tapestry-human-spaceflight-earth-observation/

Image of a matador and her cape

Rose Finn-Kelcey: Life Belief and Beyond

  • 15 July — 15 October 2017 *on now

Life, Belief and Beyond focuses on explorations of power, performance, belief, spirituality and perceptions of the self. A central figure in the performance and feminist art scenes in Britain for over four decades, Finn-Kelcey’s work is conceptually powerful, profound and is characterised by a dry wit. She had a far-reaching influence on British conceptual art in the 1970s and 80s, extending to the generation of Young British Artists in the 1990s as she began to realise large-scale and technically complex installations.

This exhibition presents works from the early 1970s to 2014, providing examples of Finn-Kelcey’s diverse and exacting practice. The works are presented alongside photographs, collage, performance documentation, sketches in progress and preparatory materials which have never before been exhibited.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/rose-finn-kelcey-life-belief-beyond/

Platform 17

Platform 17

  • 22 July — 17 September 2017 *on now

Platform is an annual award designed to nurture new artistic talent by selecting and exhibiting work from art school graduates from the south east of England, providing support through the critical period between graduation and life as a professional artist.

The emerging artists selected to participate graduated in 2017 are from Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and Reading University. The three artists will present their work in a series of consecutive solo exhibitions hosted in Modern Art Oxford’s Project Space.

Platform was devised in 2012 in collaboration with the Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East (CVAN) and is a partnership between five galleries; Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Turner Contemporary in Margate, and Modern Art Oxford. Each organisation selects graduates from their local universities to participate in the exhibitions and award programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/platform-2017/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Rose Finn-Kelcey

Exhibition Tour with Stephanie Straine, Curator

  • 30 July 2017 3-3:30pm

These special walkthrough tours are a fantastic opportunity to explore the exhibition in more detail. The tours are led by Modern Art Oxford staff and are open to all ages.

The tour will be led by Stephanie Straine, Curator, Exhibitions and Projects and will include both Aleksandra Mir – Space Tapestry: Earth Observation & Human Spaceflight and Rose Finn-Kelcey: Life, Belief and Beyond.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/exhibition-tour-stephanie-straine-2/

Modern Art Oxford

Family Workshop: The Future of Earth from Space

  • 5 August 2017 12-5pm

We are entering a new Space Age with satellite data and technology leading the way. Satellites can provide information to help solve many of the challenges faced on Earth.

Join a team from the Satellite Applications Catapult for fun, educational and engaging activities for all the family; including crafting a volcano, monitoring a spacecraft and building a real-life satellite.

Free entry, booking essential

* Catapult is a team of researchers based at Harwell in South Oxfordshire.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/family-workshop-future-earth-space/

Aleksandra Mir, Space Tapestry

The Intersection between Space Art and Space Science with Dr Stuart Eves

  • 31 August 2017 6:30-8pm

Aesthetic considerations such as symmetry, colour, and choice of materials are important in an artistic context, but these concepts are major considerations for satellite designers too – albeit for rather different reasons.

Like artists, scientists and engineers face choices about how best to represent the worlds they explore. This talk will explain some of the challenges associated with presenting space science data and consider how both space art and space science are functions of time.

Dr Stuart Eves is Mission Concepts Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), Guildford. He has an MSc in Astrophysics, a PhD in satellite constellation design, and has been a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society for more than 20 years.

Free entry, booking essential.

Before the talk, there will be a free tour led by artist and Modern Art Oxford Duty Manager, Jumana Hokan.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/intersection-space-art-space-science-dr-stuart-eves/

Aleksandra Mir

How to Make a Planet – The Crash Diet Method with Dr Helen Jane Fraser

  • 7 September 2017 6:30-8pm

In our Solar System there are 8 planets, and a myriad of moons asteroids and comets, not to mention over 3000 exoplanets that are known to be orbiting other stars in our local “galactic” neighbourhood. Yet astronomers still don’t know exactly how planets or their moons form. This talk will allow you to discover about weightlessness and why this unusual condition is so vital to understanding how planets are made.

Dr Helen Jane Fraser is Senior Lecturer in Astronomy at The Open University

Free entry, booking essential

A free exhibition tour will take place at before the talk by Modern Art Oxford Duty Manager, Kay Sentance. Further details on the website.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/make-planet-crash-diet-method/

Rose Finn-Kelcey

Doubting Belief with Lisa Le Feuvre

  • 21 September 2017 7-8pm

As part of Rose Finn-Kelcey’s Life, Belief and Beyond curator and writer Lisa Le Feuvre discusses the artist’s work as an exploration of belief.

Whether the belief-system is art, magic, superstition or government, when powerful it is always supported by a heavy dose of doubt. Come and explore the works of Finn-Kelcey as well as your own connections to systems of belief.

Lisa Le Feuvre is a curator, writer, editor and public speaker. Focusing on art as a powerful force to retune perceptions, her research takes the form of exhibitions, publications, collections and public lectures.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/doubting-belief-lisa-le-feuvre/

Rose Finn-Kelcey

The Influence of Rose Finn-Kelcey

  • 28 September 2017 6:30-8:30pm

Peter Liversidge, Mia Taylor, Jo Stockham and Hermione Wiltshire join us for a roundtable discussion exploring the impact of Rose Finn-Kelcey on British contemporary art, which also examines her multiple roles as an artist, teacher, performer, colleague and collaborator within the London art scene.

Considered the ultimate artist’s artist, this panel brings together a group of leading artists, curators and writers who were influenced by and worked with Finn-Kelcey, to examine her legacy in detail.

Free entry, booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/influence-rose-finn-kelcey/

Maggie's Cultural Crawl

Maggie’s Cultural Crawl

  • 29 September 2017 6:30-9pm

Modern Art Oxford is delighted to be a part of this year’s Culture Crawl. A tour of some of Oxford’s most iconic cultural hotspots – this exciting evening is packed full of fun, food and culture.

The evening is completely in aid of Maggie’s Centre, a charity offering free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.

Book your tickets now: maggiescentres.org/ccoxford

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Book your tickets now: maggiescentres.org/ccoxford

Website

https://www.maggiescentres.org/culturecrawl/find-event/culture-crawl-oxford/

Aleksandra Mir

The New Horizon of Space Technology

  • 6 October 2017 6:30-8pm

Satellites constantly measure and monitor the world around us, enabling new and improved services, often beamed directly into our smartphones.

During this workshop experts from the Satellite Applications Catapult will lead an evening of interactive discussions about how satellite data and technology are changing the world.

This event is presented as part of World Space Week.

Free entry, booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/new-horizon-space-technology/

Modern Art Oxford

Exhibition Tour with Sara Lowes, Curator of Creative Learning

  • 7 October 2017 3-3:30pm

These special walkthrough tours are a fantastic opportunity to explore the exhibition in more detail. The tours are led by Modern Art Oxford staff and are open to all ages.

This exhibition tour with Sara Lowes, Modern Art Oxford Curator of Creative Learning, will include both Aleksandra Mir – Space Tapestry: Earth Observation & Human Spaceflight and Rose Finn-Kelcey: Life, Belief and Beyond.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/tour-sara-lowes/

Modern Art Oxford

Big Draw Workshop: Everyday Objects with Lisa Milroy

  • 14 October 2017 2-4pm

A practical workshop with leading British artist Lisa Milroy exploring personal connections to everyday objects. Using observation, memory and mental recollection in relation to drawing, this lively workshop situates the familiar stuff of daily life as a source of creativity.

The Big Draw is an arts education charity that promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.

Free entry, booking essential

A free exhibition tour will take place at before the talk by Modern Art Oxford Creative Learning Assistant Bethany Mitchell. For further information, refer to website.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/big-draw-workshop-everyday-objects-lisa-milroy/

Modern Art Oxford

Ruskin Shorts 2017

  • 26 October 2017 6:30-8:30pm

An evening of short films made by current students from the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art.

The works showcased have been selected by a panel of judges, including artist and writer Ghislaine Leung, artist Rachel Reupke and Modern Art Oxford’s Curator of Exhibitions and Projects, Stephanie Straine.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/ruskin-shorts-2/

Ulrich Schnauss

Future Perfect Presents: Ulrich Schnauss

  • 28 October 2017 8-10:30pm

“Producer, remixer and all-round genius Ulrich Schnauss makes music as big as the oceans” – NME

At once uplifting and otherworldly, the music of Ulrich Schnauss combines multi-layered synthesizers with beats and ethereal vocals, serving as an aural escape route from the trappings of reality. As Schnauss explains, ‘I’ve always used making and listening to music as a way to escape – putting on headphones is a great way to leave reality behind for a while, reminding yourself why it still makes sense to carry on.’

Ulrich is many talents rolled into one; artist, producer, mixer, remixer, gaining him wide spread support from Radio 1, Nylon Magazine, The Guardian and XFM.

The live show is a live collaboration with Nat Urazmetova, a London-based visual artist who integrates the cross-disciplinary approach and lens media in her work and forms part of the public programme for Aleksandra Mir – Space Tapestry: Earth Observation & Human Spaceflight 24 June – 12 November.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£13.20

Website

https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/future-perfect-presents-ulrich-schnauss/

Modern Art Oxford
30 Pembroke Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 1BP
England

Website

www.modernartoxford.org.uk

E-mail

General Information

info@modernartoxford.org.uk

Telephone

General

01865 722733

24 Hour Information

01865 813830

Fax

01865 722573

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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