Archive Inspiration:
Creative Workshops

16 April, 13.30 – 15.30

Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont St, OX1 2PH

£45, book here

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.

Origins of War Photography - half day course

29 April, 13.30 - 17.00

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, 1 Wellington Sq, OX1 2JA

£55, book here

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.

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.

Road to Karabakh by Rowan J Curtis & Kirk Ellingham

20 - 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

Pitt Rivers Museum
Parks Rd, OX1 3PW

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

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 an informal panel discussion with 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.

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

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

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. 

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.

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

15 April: Pop-up library at The Bodleian Weston Library 12:00 – 16:00

15 April: Rare book session at The Bodleian Library, booking recommended

25 - 29 April: 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. 

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

20 & 27 April, 4 May, 15:00 - 16:30

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

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.

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

13 April: Exhibition opening
15 April: Artist talk, 10:00 (early opening)
Meet the Artist in the gallery: 18 April afternoon, 20 April morning, 26 April lunchtime; all day 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 & Event
Anne Howeson: Feet of Angels

25 March, 15:00 - 16:15: Talk (free) at Friends House, St Giles followed by drinks at Carey Blyth Gallery. Sacha Craddock, art critic and journalist of 30 years in conversation with Anne Howeson

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
Jermaine Francis: A Pleasant Land
Private View and Artists talk

Private view & artists talk: Dates and more details to be announced soon

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.

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.

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 & 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 & 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
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 suffered from 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
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 20 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 & Event
Ye Bing: Archiving the Archive: a Photographic Record
Private View

25 April: 17.30 - 19.00, Private view

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.

Getting there

Walking: The Maison Française d’Oxford is half an hour’s walk from the train station.

Bus: From Oxford train station (bus stop R4): line 14 and get off at Park Town and walk for 3 minutes.

(bus stop R5): line S3 gold to Chipping Norton. Get off at Plantation Road and walk for 5 minutes.

(bus stop R1): line 500. Get off at St Margarets Road East Oxford (101 Banbury Road) and walk for 6 minutes.

From the town centre (Magdalen Street)

Stop C1: take line 2, 2A or 2B, and get off at Park Town.

Stop C3: take line 7 gold (and get off at Old Woodstock), line 7, S4 gold or S5 gold and get off at Park Town.

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.

A special edition signed print from the 7 exhibiting photographers can be purchased here to support the work of Photography Oxford (charity no. 1154142).

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

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.

Wendy Aldiss: My Father’s Things
Curators Talk

21 April, 2.30pm, curator’s talk

Medieval Barn behind the Old Bank Hotel Magpie Lane, OX1 4BJ

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.