Archive Inspiration:
Creative Workshops

16 April, 13.30 – 15.30

Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont St, OX1 2PH

Get behind the scenes at the Museum’s archives. Discover what these historic photographs and artefacts tell us about the truth of the palace of Knossos and the mythical tale of the minotaur. Use playful photographic techniques with artist John Blythe to create imaginative new myths and realities.

Online Talk - cancelled
The Mobile Wunderkammer: Tracing the Ashmolean’s Founding Collections with Bettina von Zwehl


Photographer Bettina von Zwehl shares her research on the Ashmolean’s founding collections, given by Elias Ashmole to the University of Oxford in 1683. Hear how her residency at the Ashmolean has shifted her practice, and brought new perspectives to the Museum’s collections.

Event - cancelled
Origins of War Photography
Half day course

29 April, 13.30 - 17.00

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education

How can photographs help us to understand the history of warfare? This afternoon of talks covers the origins of war photography and its early practices, exploring how the invention of the photographic camera in the nineteenth century forged new ways of seeing conflict and its human costs.

Exhibition & Event
From our archives

15 April, 17.00-19.00: Opening event

Magdalen Art Space
74 Magdalen Road, OX4 1RE

Exhibition runs 16 April - 23 April 

(open daily, 12.00 - 18.00) Magdalen Road Studio artists explore the latent power of archives activated and transformed through making art. Themes embrace family, language, landscape, disability and secrets; art-transformations feature photography, lithography, painting, sculpture, moving image and 3D printing.

Exhibition & Event
Kazem Hakimi & Henry Underhill: Portraits from Oxford - Archives old and new: Opening

15 April, 16.00 - 18.00: Opening event

Pegasus Theatre
Magdalen Road, OX4 1RE

Exhibition runs: 14 April - 6 May 2023 (Excl 1 May) Mon - Thurs 15.00 - 19.00, Sat 10.00 - 16.00: Portraits of Oxford citizens, taken a century apart. Henry Underhill, a grocer on the High Street, photographed people at leisure in Oxford c1900. Kazem Hakimi, owner of the well-loved chip shop on Iffley Road, takes similarly candid photos of his customers c2000. Exhibition created in partnership with the Museum of Oxford. Exhibition at Pegasus curated by Sarah Mossop.

Road to Karabakh by Rowan J Curtis & Kirk Ellingham

20 and 23 April

Garden Room, Trinity College
Broad St, OX1 3BH
Getting there

Projection of images by Kirk Ellingham accompanied by story & words from writer Rowan J Curtis

20 April 11:00 - 17:00
Exhibition, projection & prints

20 April 18:00: Presentation & private view
RSVP: kirk.ellingham@gmail / julia.paolitto@trinity.ox.ac.uk

23 April from 11:00 - 18:00

All day viewing at the Garden Room. Enter via the college Lodge.

The Not-So Hidden Power of the Archive: Exploration of PRM photo archives, research and response

22 April 2023, 12:30 – 15:00

Free, drop-in event

Clore Balcony, Pitt Rivers Museum
Parks Rd, OX1 3PW

View some of the Museum’s rich photographic archives and hear from curators and students. See a photographic response by artist Thomas Nicolaou to a collection in the archive. Discuss his work with curators and students.* The Festival’s theme directly engages with the research efforts of the PRM to re-frame and re-contextualise its colonial archives

*Regrettably, Thomas is unable to attend this pop-up exhibition event

Aliki Braine in conversation with Rodrigo Orrantia

20 April, 18:00 - 20:00

 Meakin + Parsons x Hannah Payne ♿
16 North Parade Ave, OX2 6LX

Join us for a talk with artist Aliki Braine and Rodrigo Orrantia, curator of her solo exhibition Into The Woods. the exhibition celebrates the festival’s theme ‘‘The Hidden Power of The Archive’, considering the portrayal of woods throughout art history, from the depiction of forests in historical painting as a space for battle or confrontation, to a space for memory, and its connection to representation of landscape in contemporary photography today.

Exhibition & Event
Anne Howeson: Feet of Angels

21 April, 17:00 - 18:15: Talk (free) at Friends House, St Giles followed by drinks at CBG
Q & A with Anne Howeson & guest speaker

RSVP: jennyblythart@gmail.com

Carey Blyth Gallery
8 Woodstock Rd, OX2 6HT

Exhibition runs: 18 March – 29 April 

(Wed - Sat 12:00 - 17:00) Anne Howeson uses Fox Talbot photography as a springboard to other worlds, transcending time and dimension. Her drawings are complex, laced with moments from beyond that soften the grit of reality.  The overall effect is unsettling, suggesting an unearthly presence.

Exhibition & Event
Rory Carnegie in partnership with Fusion Arts: Autoportraits 1992-1996

20 April, 18:00 - 20:00: Private view

Fusion Arts Creative Space
95 Gloucester Green, OX1 2BU

Exhibition runs 21 April - 28 April (Excl. 23 April) Daily 11:00 - 17:00. A selection of images from the artist’s ongoing Autoportrait project. The images made between 1992 and 1994 explore authorship, power and the perception of power.

Exhibition & Events
Pictures from the Garden
Private View

21 April 18:00 - 20:00 Private View
Places are limited so please RSVP lairdn@thenorthwall.com

The North Wall
South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JN

Exhibition runs 19 April - 6 May (Mon - Fri, 10:00-16:00, Sat 12:00-16:00. Closed on 1 May). The work of 7 photographers - Siân Davey, Matthew Finn, Nik Roche, Alex Schneideman, Jem Southam, Alys Tomlinson and Vanessa Winship -in response to Paddy Summerfield’s seminal 2014 book, ‘Mother and Father’. Accompanied by a new book published by Dewi Lewis.

Purchase prints by exhibiting artists in the Photo Oxford Limited Edition Print Sale

Pictures from the Garden:
Visit and book launch

22 April 2023
Book Launch & Signing 12.30-14.30
North Wall Arts Centre ♿
South Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7JN

Celebrating the publishing of Pictures from the Garden with an informal panel discussion and Q&A with Dewi Lewis, Alex Schneideman and as many of the photographers as can be there. Signed copies of Pictures from the Garden will be available as well as signed and rare copies of Paddy Summerfield’s previous publications.

Garden Visit 2.45: Following the launch, join us for a short walk through North Oxford to the the garden that was the scene for both Paddy Summerfield’s seminal book, Mother and Father and the new book, Pictures from the Garden - also published by Dewi Lewis. Visitors will be able to freely explore the garden.

Our garden group will gather at North Wall and then set off at 14.45 prompt. The visit will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Places are limited so please RSVP to Nicola Laird lairdn@thenorthwall.com

Purchase prints by exhibiting artists in the Photo Oxford Limited Edition Print Sale

Exhibition & Event
Wendy Aldiss: My Father’s Things
Curators Talk

21 April, 2.30pm: Curator’s Talk, FREE
Medieval Barn behind the Old Bank Hotel Magpie Lane, OX1 4BJ

Laura Noble, curator of the exhibition 'My Father's Things' by Wendy Aldiss, will talk about the project and her approach to the exhibition in the Medieval Barn at the heart of Oxford compared to other displays of the project in traditional exhibition spaces.

Exhibition runs 14 April - 6 May 2023
(Thurs - Sun 12.00 - 17.00): A photographic archive of Wendy Aldiss’s father’s possessions taken after his death. Brian Aldiss was a famous author living in Oxford.  The exhibition features his desk and bookcase strewn with photographs, and other images of his belongings both everyday and unique. Curated by Laura Noble.

Online Talk
Rose Teanby: Detecting Hidden Photographic History in the Bodleian Library, Oxford

25 April, 19:00 - 20:00
Free, online talk

Photo historian Rose Teanby investigates an unattributed photograph and other documents in the Bodleian archives linked to photography pioneers Anna Atkins, Constance Talbot and early photo chemist Mary Somerville. Detecting clues, Rose shines a new light on hidden archival treasures. 

Exhibition & Event
Ye Bing: Archiving the Archive: a Photographic Record, Private View

25 April: 17.30 - 19.00, book in advance for the Private View with cheese & wine

Maison Française d’Oxford
2-10 Norham Rd, OX2 6UD

6 April – 17 June (Excl. 1 May) Mon - Fri, 9:00 - 17:00. Inspired by the Encyclopédie and Que sais-je?, two radically different and important editorial collections in France, this photographic project uses photographs, books, documents, and objects of daily use in the Maison Française d’Oxford archives to reveal the circulation of knowledge.

Aliki Braine in conversation with Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photography at the V&A

27 April, 18:00 - 20:00
Meakin + Parsons x Hannah Payne
16 North Parade Ave, OX2 6LX

Join us for a talk with Aliki Braine, artist, in conversation with Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V+A), during her solo show Into The Woods, at Meakin + Parsons x Hannah Payne gallery.

Exhibition & Events
Mirja Maria Thiel: Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man
Artists Tour and Dementia Oxfordshire drop-in

15 April, 14.00: artist’s tour (drop-in);
13.00 - 15.45: Dementia Oxfordshire advisors available with information and advice

26 April, 10.30 - 12.00: Dementia Cafe with Dementia Oxfordshire (drop-in)

Oxfordshire County Library
Main library area, behind the service desk
Westgate, Queen's Street, OX1 1DJ (Also at JR Hospital exhibition space from 13 May 2023)

Exhibition runs 14 April - 6 May 2023 (Excl. 1 May) Mon - Thurs 9.00 - 20.00, Fri & Sat 9.00 - 17.30. Mirja Maria Thiel tells the life of Fritz Dressler (1937-2020), a photographer and professor, who lived with Alzheimer’s in the final years of his life. Photographed over more than two years, the black and white series is committed to the emotional reality of the charismatic protagonist, including images taken by Fritz himself. Supported by The Arts Society Oxford.

Exhibition & Event
Bernice Mulenga: The Makings Of You, MAO Late

27 April: 18.30 - 22.00, MAO Late

Modern Art Oxford cafe space
30 Pembroke St, OX1 1BP

Exhibition runs 4 April - 14 May 2023 (Tues - Sat 10.00 - 17.00, Sun 12.00 - 17.00) A peak inside Bernice Mulenga’s life - a vitrine display of retrospective works varying from hand made prints from #friendsonfilm to club posters, records, letters and more. This presentation takes a very intimate and personal look into the bonds, thoughts and feelings the artists shares with themselves and others.

Portfolio Reviews

29 April 2023, 9.30 - 13.50

Blackwell’s Oxford, 48-51 Broad St, OX1 3BQ

Charges apply. Book review slots by 3 April

One-on-one portfolio reviews with national photography experts.

Panel discussion
Where is Photographic Publishing Heading in the UK?

29 April 2023, 15:30 - 17:00

Blackwells Bookshop, 48-51 Broad St, OX1 3BQ

£5, book at Blackwell’s Bookshop or online

Join four leading figures from the world of photographic publishing in the UK for a broad conversation about physical and virtual photographic publication in the UK today.

Exhibition & Events
Ania Ready: I Also Fight Windmills
Exhibition Opening & Meet the Artist

Meet the Artist in the gallery: 29 April

Rona Painting Gallery
34 Walton St, OX2 6AA

Exhibition runs 13 April - 29 April

(Tues - Sat 11:00 - 18:00): A visual response to the literary archive of the feminist writer Sophie Gaudier-Brzeska (1872-1925). Through enactment and staging Ready brings to life a story about displacement in the West, loss, creativity, loneliness, a disempowering sense of guilt and social exclusion. She explores human fragility through the performative aspect of photography.

Exhibition & Events
A series of artist-led Exhibition Tours, and In Conversation events

27 April, 15:00 tour
27 April, 18:00 - 20:00 tour
4 May, 15:00 tour
4 May, 18:00 talk
Meakin + Parsons x Hannah Payne
16 North Parade Ave, OX2 6LX

A series of artist-led Exhibition Tours, and In-Conversation events, will take place on Thursdays at the gallery during Photo Oxford Festival.

Join artist Aliki Braine for an exhibition tour at the gallery of her solo exhibition Into The Woods, including a tour of the Ashmolean to see the historical paintings which have inspired the artists' practice.

Into the Woods is a solo exhibition of photography by contemporary artist Aliki Braine, curated by Rodrigo Orrantia.

Aliki Braine in conversation with Professor Jane Garnett

4 May 2023, 18:00 - 19:30

 Meakin + Parsons x Hannah Payne
16 North Parade Ave, OX2 6LX

We are delighted to present an evening talk with contemporary artist Aliki Braine, in conversation with Professor Jane Garnett, Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, Wadham College, University of Oxford, discussing Aliki's series of work in her solo exhibition 'Into The Woods' at Meakin + Parsons x Hannah Payne.

Please join us for this very special evening talk and drinks at the gallery in North Oxford.

Free. Seating is limited.

Exhibition & Events

Live from the Moon, curated by Geoffrey Batchen and Carys Owen

14 April, 16:00 - 18:00:  Public opening
26 April, 17:00-18:00, Public talk: Geoffrey Batchen with Daniel Molland
3 May, 17:00-18:00, Public talk: Carys Owen with Sarah Hill

The Barn, St John’s College
St Giles, OX1 3JP (opposite St Giles war memorial)

Exhibition runs 14 April - 6 May 2023
(Thurs - Sun 12.00 - 17.00) A selection from a personal archive of gelatin silver photographs sent out as press prints by NASA in the 1960s and ‘70s to publicise the American agency’s efforts to land men on the moon.

Exhibition & Event
Jermaine Francis: A Pleasant Land
Private View and Artists talk

5 May 2023: Talk (RSVP Required)
17:30 start with gallery open for 30-45 mins after Pembroke College, Pichette Gallery

Pembroke College JCR Art Gallery 5 Brewer St, OX1 1QN. Wheelchair accessible; not accessible for mobility scooters

Exhibition runs: 14 - 30 April 2023 (Fri, Sat, Sun 14.00 - 16.00): In this newly commissioned body of work, photographer and artist, Jermaine Francis has worked with the Pembroke College JCR Art Collection and the Pembroke College archives to address the absence of the Black  voice in the traditional representations of the English Pastoral.

Women & the Photobook: Pop-up library & rare book reading room visit

15 April: Pop-up library and rare book tour of photobooks by women, Weston Library, sold out

25 - 6 May: Pop-up library
Old Fire Station 10:00 – 16:00

This pop-up library, inspired by the recent publication, What They saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843-1999, explores the diversity of photographic books created by women.