What’s on at OVADA

Art events and exhibitions in Oxford

  • We are looking for a freelance Arts Participation Coordinator, starting in September 2017. Find out further information here and apply before 14 August 2017.


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    22 – 30 July 2017
    Preview: Friday 21 July, 6-9pm

    An exhibition of Digital Artist Residency’s Emerging Artists-in-Residence:

    Abigail Fletcher-Drye  |  Will Kendrick  |  Aaron McCarthy  |  Jules Varnedoe

    Digital Artist Residency and OVADA present a showcase of the UK’s best new, emerging artistic talent as four artists explore a variety of digital processes and examine themes encountered by post-digital culture.

    The artists were chosen to be Digital Artist Residency’s Emerging Artists-in-Residence between May and June 2017, producing work which examines the borderlines between emergent, digital technology and physical production. The exhibition responds to the interaction and the understanding of a digital ontology which sees the artist working towards a physical manifestation of their digital works. Touching, not touching is a phrase from Abigail Fletcher-Drye’s time in residence. It captures an essence of disparity inherent within digital works becoming solid.

    Digital Artist Residency provides an online space on digitalartistresidency.org for artists to develop works, ideas and practices. The EAiR were in residency at DAR between May and June 2017, working towards a physical manifestation of digital works.


    OPEN: Thursdays – Sundays, 12-6pm. 




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  • M Wessels 2015

    PHOTO: Mariken Wessels, Taking Off. Henry, My Neighbour (2015)

    Photo Oxford 2017 is pleased to announce its Open Call for photography submissions that investigate photography’s capacity to both conceal and reveal. The photographic medium is the perfect vehicle for an enquiry of this kind given its unique link to notions of perception and reality, truth and knowledge as well as photographers’ frequent use of the camera to lay bare what would otherwise remain unnoticed.

    Photographers are invited to respond to the theme as widely as possible. Works can be from any kind of photography practice or application and the curators are inviting works that are, in particular, imaginative and provocative.

    This is an exhibiting opportunity with a chance to discuss your work with Martin Parr and other optional prizes. Entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of experts, including:

    Emma Bowkett – Director of Photography at the Financial TimesFT Weekend Magazine

    Alan Capal – Head of Content at Alamy

    Tim Clark – Editor in Chief at 1000 Words and Guest Curator of Photo Oxford 2017

    Greg Hobson – Former Curator of Photographs at the National Media Museum and Guest Curator of Photo Oxford 2017

    Alona Pardo – Curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London

    Martin Parr – Internationally acclaimed photographer and President of Magnum

    Forty photographs will be selected for a group exhibition hung in a salon style, with twenty selected by the aforementioned panel of expert judges and twenty chosen by our partner, Photocrowd’s community.

    £10: Single Image
    £20: Three Images
    £30: Six Images

    For more information, Ts&Cs and to find out how to apply visit: Photocrowd.

    The exhibition Conceal/Reveal will be held at OVADA during Photo Oxford from 9 – 24 September