What’s on at OVADA

Art events and exhibitions in Oxford

  • Tuesday 23 May 2017, 7pm

    Playground is an open platform for artists across disciplines to try-out, develop and present new work. Somewhere between an ‘open-mic’ for artists and a testbed for new ideas, we invite you to experience some of the freshest locally grown art! From performance to illustration and from music to socially engaged work, May’s Playground event held at OVADA will host Robert Ridley-Shackleton, Jezella Pigott and Claire Frampton.

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    Election Special

    The regular Art Meet on the Last Thursday of the month hosts an Election Special for May. Work in small groups to come up with a party name and logo, write a short manefesto and make a rosette. The event is free and materials will be provided.

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    12 May – 4 June 2017
    Preview: Thursday 11 May 2017, 6-9pm

    The OVADA Seven Counties Open provides exhibition opportunities, support and development for contemporary artists based in Oxfordshire and the surrounding Counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Wiltshire and Warwickshire. Artists at any stage of their career were invited to submit work in any medium. Artwork was chosen by independent selectors Paul Hobson and Isabel de Vasconcellos for inclusion in the Open exhibition at OVADA’s Warehouse during Oxfordshire Artweeks.

    The selected artists are:

    John Blythe  |  Lydia Brockless  |  Eric Butcher  |  Kieran Cox  |  Aileen Creegan
    Giorgio Garippa & Oliver Palmer  |  Tom Milnes  |  Jezella Pigott
    Duncan McAfee  |  Catalina Renjifo  |  Cally Shadbolt
    Brigitte Stepputtis  |  Kim Thornton  |  Tess Tallula

    OVADA would like to thank all of the artists who submitted work to the 2017 Open.


    OPEN: Thursdays – Sundays, 12-6pm. 


    The following Professional Development Prizes will be awarded during the exhibition:

    OVADA Professional Development Award:
    Two of the selected Open artists will be chosen to exhibit in a new show hosted by Gallery at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, in Spring 2018. The prize-winners will be selected by both OVADA and OFS representatives and will provide artists with an opportunity to make new work either collaboratively or independently. The artists will receive tailored critical and professional mentoring, a materials fee and a voucher from Broad Canvas to prepare for this funded show.

    The Rishi Mullett-Sadones Memorial Prize:
    A voucher from Broad Canvas and a professional practice mentoring session will be presented to one of the exhibiting artists aged 18 – 25. The prize for outstanding work will support the practice of an emerging young artist in memory of talented photographer, Rishi Mullett-Sadones. Rishi represented OVADA as a Youth Panelist from 2010 – 2011 and was founder of art group Creative Collective, which was set up as a platform for other young artists to get their work shown in galleries across Oxford and in London.

    With special thanks to:

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    [Image: Alexandra Charlotte Pullen – Rishi Mullett-Sadones Memorial Prize Winner, 2015]

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    Friday 9 June 2017 at 7.45pm

    Modulus Quartet champions a diverse range of music by living composers. Drawing on its collective experience, the quartet seeks out music of an individual style, developing creative relationships with composers and artists. The quartet explores new ways of presenting music, performing in unusual venues and incorporating visual arts and multi-media technology.

    The quartet will be performing works from their debut album 12 Seconds of Light by composers Terry Davies, Veera Lummi, Ash Madni, Richard Norris, Eliot Lloyd Short and Matthew Slater. Visuals will be provided by Diego Barazza and Tom Brown.

    The passion marks their shows out as a treat for both the eyes and the ears…not to be missed. The Musician Magazine

    Tickets: £14  /  £12 Concessions + booking fee (Children under 16, Senior Citizens, Students, Unemployed and OVADA Associates)

    Book online: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/modulus-quartet-ovada-warehouse-tickets-32406314158

    Venue: OVADA Warehouse (Please note there is no parking available at OVADA)

    Further details: www.modulusquartet.com

    Modulus Quartet:
    Jonathan Truscott – violin 1
    Craig Stratton – violin 2
    Mircea Belei – viola
    Nick Allen – cello

    [Image: Martin Abela Photography]