What’s on at OVADA

Art events and exhibitions in Oxford

  • Our next Education Open Afternoon will take place from 2-5pm on Saturday 1 April. Come and meet our Class Tutors and chat about what Courses and Workshops might suit you or suggest new Classes that you would like to see at OVADA.

    You are welcome to bring along a portfolio if you would like to discuss your individual practice and professional development.

    This is an opportunity to meet Warehouse Art School Leader, Jan Crombie and find out about our Continuing Practice and Contemporary Painting Courses starting in September 2017.

    Other Tutors will be on hand to talk about their classes and offer demonstrations and mini-workshops.

    Our current Classes include:
    Experimental Life Drawing
    All Day Life Drawing
    Experimental Drawing
    Digital Painting
    Digital Professional Development in collaboration with Magdalen Road Studios
    Coming soon: Printmaking!

    This is a free event. Tea and cake will be provided!

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    31 March – 2 April 2017
    Preview: Thursday 30 March 2017, 6-9pm 

    The Experimental Life Drawing class at OVADA on Wednesday evenings is now in its fourth year and we have recently introduced a second class on Mondays. This exhibition provides an opportunity to see a selection of drawings from both classes made over the last 12 weeks.

    There have been a number of different models posing for the class, and each session has had a different ‘theme’. From the novice to the more experienced, each of the students has responded in very different ways to each thematic session and this is clearly seen in the work on show.

    For further information about our classes visit: www.ovada.org.uk/classes.

    Open: 12-6pm daily

    Venue: OVADA

    Admission Free

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    OVADA Seven Counties Open 2017

    Click here for further information about OVADA’s biennial Open exhibition and Professional Development Awards.

    Deadline for Submissions: 7.4.2017

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    29 – 30 April 2017

    10am – 4pm

    This is the second in a new 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. During this weekend workshop you will learn to build a simple artists portfolio website using WordPress.


    This will be built in a safe offline environment using a free template that you will be taught how to change to suit your style and individual needs. You will not build a live site but will develop all of the skills to go away and build a live version in your own time once you have found a suitable host for your site. We will advise on hosting during the workshop so you will be confident in publishing a live portfolio site.

    £150 for Magdalen Road Studio or OVADA Associates
    £200 for non members

    Included in the cost:
    -All of the required files and imagery that you need on a data stick which you can take home.
    -A file containing a walk through of all the stages covered during the workshop.
    -A WordPress guide as a PDF.
    -Refreshments (please bring your own lunch).

    You will need:
    -A laptop to work on during the workshop (please bring your charger and come with the laptop fully charged).
    -Good basic computer skills*
    -You will be required to download and install the free version of Desktop server in advance of the workshop: https://serverpress.com/get-desktopserver

    Booking essential by email: classes@ovada.org.uk.
    This workshop is strictly limited to 10 places.

    The workshop will be delivered by Katie Taylor – Studio Manager at Magdalen Road Studios in Oxford. She has been working freelance as a Web Designer for many years which has also included social media marketing and search engine optimisation.

    Venue: OVADA

    Please note that there is no parking available for course participants however there is a loading bay if required. This class will be held in our first floor learning space, accessed via stairs only. If this prevents you from attending, please contact us in advance so that we can discuss individual requirements.

    *For this workshop we define good basic computer skills as having an awareness of basic computer terminology (e.g. software, download/upload, browser, USB port); being able to navigate your laptop with confidence and having an ability to download software, copy/paste text and locate files within folders.