What’s on at OVADA

Art events and exhibitions in Oxford

  • 9 – 24 September 2017

    Photo Oxford 2017 is a celebration of photography through exhibitions and related activities taking place at various collaborative venues in Oxford during the month of September. For this edition, the curators Tim Clark and Greg Hobson will engage in a series of explorations into the complex and often contradictory relationship between photography’s capacity to both conceal and reveal. OVADA is pleased to announce the following exhibitions as part of Photo Oxford:

    Open Call:

    M Wessels 2015

    Forty photographs have been selected for a group exhibition hung in a salon style, with twenty chosen by Photocrowd’s community and twenty selected by the panel of expert judges:

    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

    Further information about the project and a list of selected photographers can be found at: www.photooxford.org/open-call-concealreveal

    Mariken Wessels: 
    Taking Off. Henry, My Neighbor
    Curated by Tim Clark and Greg Hobson


    Dutch artist Mariken Wessels has made it her business to tell the semi-plausible story of a real-life husband and wife, their failed marriage, sexual frustration and voyeurism via an extraordinary archive of found photographs, collage and sculpture. Taking Off. Henry My Neighbor allows us to enter into the lives of Henry and Martha, who embarked on a collaborative photographer-muse project together at their home in New Jersey, from 1981 to 1983.

    Join Curators Tim Clark and Greg Hobson for a free exhibition talk at 12pm on Friday 8th September 2017. 

    Admission free

    Open: Thursday – Sunday, 12-6pm

    Venue: OVADA warehouse

    For the full Photo Oxford programme visit: www.photooxford.org/exhibitions

    [Images: Mariken Wessels, Taking Off. Henry, My Neighbor, 2015]

  • *New Term*
    12 September – 31 October 2017

    Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00pm

    Cost for 8 sessions:
    Booking in advance essential:
    £80 (non-members) / £70 (OVADA Associates)

    Tutors: Alan Franklin, Roger Perkins and Cally Shadbolt

    This experimental drawing course aims to investigate ideas and thought processes through discovering and exploring varied approaches to drawing. As the building block of all art and design, drawing can be used to access ideas that can then be developed into other media. Each of the tutors will bring a different approach but the experience will be cumulative and ideas and experimental approaches will build up over the 8 weeks of the Course. 3D and lens based approaches will be included alongside more conventional ideas of draughtsmanship and drawing from the subconscious.

    “I got shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. All thanks to OVADA for having brilliant tutors on the experimental drawing programme.” 

    For further information and bookings please contact: classes@ovada.org.uk

    Please note: the classes are normally held in our first floor learning space, accessed via stairs only. If this would prevent you from attending, please contact us in advance so that we can discuss individual requirements.