What’s on at OVADA

Art events and exhibitions in Oxford

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    23 June – 9 July 2017
    Preview: Thursday 22 June 2017, 6-9pm

    Juliet Banks  |  Sue Chamberlin  |  Clare Crombie
    Clare Forsythe  |  Katie Hellon  |  Stephen Lunn
    Mae McDonald  |  Roger Pugh  |  Hugh Shelton

    This is the fourth year that OVADA has hosted the end of year show for the Warehouse Art School Continuing Practice Course.

    It has been another busy year! A trip to Manchester with a behind-the-scenes tour of The Whitworth Art Gallery got the year off to a flying start. A varied programme of Artists Talks put the working methods of practicing artists into focus, as well as giving insight and inspiration. A recent trip to Madrid was another highlight; the weather and food as wonderful as the Museums and galleries.

    Vaguity a recent show at OVADA led by student Roger Pugh was a collaboration between all the members in the group. All the group had a hand in all the projects, which ranged from performance and video to painting and sculpture.

    In ‘A New Kind of Fun’ this year-group will bring together the experiences, insights and skills that they have gained from the set projects on the Course. Their work for this show is self-directed with critique and support given by peers and tutors. They have followed their own interests while also responding to the size and nature of OVADA’s Warehouse.

    The work on show is diverse both in process and outcome, and includes a range of subject matter and materials.

    Free Programme of Events:

    Thursday 22 June, 6pm – 9pm
    Opening event with live music and performance

    Saturday 24 June 
    Artist guided tours at 12 noon and 3pm

    Saturday 1 July 
    Artist guided tours at 12 noon and 3pm

    Thursday 6 July 
    7pm PechaKucha (artists’ talks) with refreshments

    Saturday 8 July
    Artist guided tours at 12 noon and 3pm

    Sunday 9 July 
    3pm Meet the artists – with tea and cakes

    Download the Exhibition Guide HERE.


    OPEN: Thursdays – Sundays, 12-6pm. 


    For more info on the Continuing Practice Course and other classes running at OVADA visit: www.ovada.org.uk/classes

  • An exciting series of professional development workshops in collaboration with Magdalen Road Studios. The ‘Learn To’ workshops will equip you with essential digital skills to enable you to increase and develop your online presence as an artist.

    Workshops include Social Media for Artists, Resizing Images for Web, Navigating WordPress, Search Engine Optimisation, Domain Names/Hosting and Backing-Up Websites.


    Summer Workshops: 


    Past Workshops:
    Build an Art Artist Portfolio Website (29 – 30 April 2017)
    Introduction to Digital Media for Artists (1 April 2016)


  • Summer Res

    Following the success of OVADA’s 2016 Summer Residency, we are offering free studio space and a small materials fee for Oxfordshire artists to take part in this year’s programme in August 2017.

    OVADA will select up to 4 artists at any stage of their career, including recent graduates. The programme is only open to visual artists living and/or practicing in Oxfordshire.

    The aim of this programme is to provide uninterrupted time and space for the development of new work in a stimulating creative environment. Residencies can be developed around a particular project, used as a way to experiment with new ways of working or to explore working on a larger scale in OVADA’s unique warehouse space.

    The opportunity is open to contemporary visual artists in Oxfordshire demonstrating a serious commitment to their practice. This is a chance for artists to work independently in an alternative space. Priority will be given to creative practitioners who do not currently have a studio/production space and to those who can maximise usage of the space during the residency period.

    The residency will provide time and space for research, experimentation, reflection, dialogue and creative risk-taking. It is important to note that there is no prescribed outcome for this residency. Artists can choose to present their work during an open studio day supported by OVADA if it will benefit them however public presentation is not a necessity. The opportunity is solely focused on the development of the artist’s practice rather than a completed artwork. We will use OVADA’s website and social media platforms to promote the work of the residency artists if beneficial to them.

    Artists who have previously exhibited or worked with OVADA are welcome to apply however the residency should be used as an opportunity to further their development since last working with us.

    Residencies will take place at OVADA warehouse in central Oxford (14A Osney Lane, Oxford OX1 1NJ). The warehouse space will be loosely divided into areas based on individual artist’s needs. Please note that these are open workspaces in view of other residency artists and building-users. We anticipate that artists will informally exchange their knowledge and experiences with each other and meet OVADA’s studio artists/team in order to make new contacts. It is hoped that this process may lead to future collaborations.

    Artists will receive £150 towards the cost of their materials at the start of the project, paid upon invoice. If the artist does not complete the residency, they will be required to repay the materials budget in full. Artists will also receive free Associate Membership for one year.

    Artists will also have access to a communal kitchen and wi-fi. They must provide their own materials, equipment and cover their travel costs. Although artists are able to use the car park for loading and unloading there is no parking available at OVADA for the residency artists. OVADA has a bike rack and is within walking distance to many local bus routes and Oxford Train Station.

    Artists will be given a full briefing at the start of the residency and will be expected to adhere to OVADA’s Health and Safety, and Environmental Policies throughout the duration of the project.

    Due to limitations of the building we are not able to accommodate artists using heavy machinery, welding tools or loud equipment. We do not have specialist ventilation equipment and are also unable to accommodate practices involving prolonged use of solvents or aerosols. If you have any specific requirements, please make this clear in your application or contact us to discuss before applying. For information about the warehouse space visit: www.ovada.org.uk/warehouse.

    We realise the time pressure of other work and personal commitments and do not expect artists to use the space daily. However we ask for a minimum of around 25 hours ‘studio’ time per week in order for the artists to fully benefit from this opportunity.

    Please submit the following by email marked ‘Summer Residency’ to: info@ovada.org.uk:

    -A brief description about your practice and current/future projects.
    (250 words max)

    -A statement which answers:
    >why you are applying to take part in this residency.
    >how the residency would benefit your practice.
    >what you would hope to achieve as a personal aim(s).
    >what your current studio situation is.
    >how would you propose to use your time at OVADA and an estimate of the time that you could commit to the project.
    (500 words max)

    -Documentation of recent artwork: Attach up to 8 image files (maximum of 1MB each) or preferably, a link to a website or online gallery of work.

    -Artist’s CV as an attachment.

    -Please also list any specific requirements you may have.

    Deadline for applications: Friday 30 June 2017 at 12 noon.

    Artists will be selected based on their suitability, with priority given to those with clear ideas of how they will use the space, how the opportunity will benefit them and a serious commitment to the project. We will aim to inform applicants within 7 days of the deadline.

    Artists will be expected to start the residency in the first week of August and the project will conclude on 31 August 2017. All work and materials/equipment must be removed from OVADA by this date.

    Upon completion of the project, artists will be required to complete a short evaluation form to summarise their residency experience. This can submitted as a video/audio file or described through journal/sketchbook format if preferred.

    Artists are invited to discuss any individual requirements with OVADA before applying. They are also welcome to contact OVADA if they require help completing their application or if they would prefer to submit their application in an alternative format to the one described above. A representative is welcome to apply on behalf of an artist, with their permission.  

    (Terms and Conditions for the Summer Residency Programme may change at OVADA’s discretion)