What We Do
OVADA strives to develop high quality visual arts in the South East region by providing a diverse and interdisciplinary programme of inclusive exhibitions, events and related education programmes that will develop new audiences. OVADA delivers this work by creating new opportunities for artists through exhibitions, commissions, residencies, classes and off-site projects. By providing a stimulating environment, both emerging and established artists are encouraged to take risks in their work and are supported in their continuing professional development through our programme of advice sessions, networking and information sharing.
OVADA aims to present artists based in Oxfordshire within the context of contemporary practice, alongside national and international artists, helping to form productive collaborations. We also support emerging visual arts professionals by providing a training ground for Work Experience in areas such a Curation and Project Management, and successful Volunteer Programme. OVADA also offers a vibrant community for Associates, a website with useful resources, and a mailing campaign that provides members with up-to-date and relevant opportunities.
OVADA is an umbrella organisation delivering services directly and in partnership with others. In 2005, the organisation undertook the renovation and expansion of the X-Change Gallery in Gloucester Green and re-launched the dedicated visual arts space as OVADA Gallery. After five years of successful exhibitions and events, OVADA vacated the Gallery in summer 2010 to allow for the re-development of the Old Fire Station complex. Having moved into a unique semi-industrial warehouse in the centre of Oxford in 2012, OVADA continues to work with its stakeholders to present an exciting programme of projects across Oxfordshire and beyond.
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