As well as theatre, music, comedy and dance, Oxford is packed with visual art exhibitions – take a look at what’s on offer until Christmas…
OVADA Warehouse, 22 – 26 August
OVADA Summer School and Exhibition
A week-long summer school for artists and creative practitioners, culminating in a pop-up exhibition. OVADA do fantastic work, and even if you know nothing about the course, the resulting exhibition is sure to be a really interesting display of varied work. Find out more.
Jam Factory, until 29 August
The Jam Factory are showing a selection of Jenny Eadon’s abstract paintings. She travels a lot her paintings react to the colours, emotions, people and places she sees on her travels. This sounds like a really thoughtful and interesting exhibition, and we recommend it. Find out more.
Ashmolean, until 30 September
Alternative Views of the High Street
Two artists have created this exhibition in collaboration with homeless people in Oxford, and adults with learning difficulties from Abingdon and Witney College. Beginning with Turner’s iconic painting The High Street (1810), participants used art to consider, capture and articulate their experiences of living in Oxford today. Pop into the Old Fire Station afterwards to see partner exhibition Piercing The Sky, running until 31 August. Find out more.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, until 30 October
A series of huge photographic portraits of insects. If you don’t mind looking a spider right in the eye, this is the exhibition for you – each image shows the creature in magnificent detail, revealing things you have never seen before. Each photograph took days to take, and the results are amazing. Find out more.
The North Wall Arts Centre, 18 October – 5 November
Born in the Republic of Moldova, Ion Severin is a Romanian graphic artist who works in three main areas: pen and ink drawing, book illustration and oil painting. The images are fantastically detailed, with a sense of movement – we think you could easily get lost looking at them! Find out more.
The Old Fire Station, 9 – 26 November
Artist Isadora Reeves has autism, and drawing has allowed her to form a connection with another artist, Jaya Mansberger. The resulting exhibition, inspired by objects at the Pitt Rivers Museum, is a collection of drawings by both artists. On visits together, they took turns to draw the same object as quickly as possible, rather like a conversational exchange – we can’t wait to host this very interesting work. Find out more.
Modern Art Oxford, until 31 December
MAO turns 50 this year! KALEIDOSCOPE is a programme of exhibitions and events celebrating those five decades, and featuring work from Marina Abramović, Yoko Ono and many others. In between exhibitions, the building will be kept open – so you can peek in and see what happens when new work is set up. See existing pieces next to new commissions. Find out more.