What’s on at OVADA

Art events and exhibitions in Oxford

  • OVADA and Christmas Light Festival are commissioning an artist to design and produce Wayfinding structures, working with BTEC/A-level art students to create the final pieces. The pieces will be positioned around Oxford to help audiences navigate the city and festival activity. A full brief is available HERE.

  • Summer Res

    We are delighted to announce our Summer Residency Artists for 2017:

    Hannah Buckley  |  Kieran Cox  |  Abigail Fletcher-Drye  |  Lissa Rodd

    The four artists will be working at OVADA throughout August on a range of different projects. The residency will provide time and space for research, experimentation, reflection, dialogue and creative risk-taking. There is no prescribed outcome; the opportunity is solely focused on the development of the artist’s practice rather than a completed artwork.

    Follow their progress on our Twitter and Instagram pages between 1 – 31 August 2017.

  • 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 will be 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 can be found at: www.photocrowd.com/photo-competitions/photography-awards/photo-oxford-2017

    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.

    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]