More exhibitions to be announced soon!
Zoom Portraits of COVID19 Vaccine Trial Participants
In partnership with the History of Science Museum, Broad Street
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Outdoor exhibition: Christ Church Meadows, Oxford OX1 4JF
07.00 – 18.00 from 15th September - 30th October
08.00 – 16.30 from 31st October to 15th November
Chloe Dewe Mathews spent five years photographing along the River Thames, from its puddling source to great estuary mouth. The resulting series of work, Thames Log, examines the ever-changing nature of our relationship to water, from ancient pagan festivities to the rituals of modern life.
This outdoor display, on the banks of the Thames at Christ Church Meadows, was made possible through the support of Christ Church College and Oxford Festival of the Arts.
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As a child, Chloe Dewe Mathews crossed the River Thames every day on her way to school. She recalls watching the muddy water as it rushed beneath her, pulling great lumps of detritus as it went. In adulthood, after years photographing overseas, she returned to her native river, spending five years exploring its meandering path, from puddling source to great estuary mouth. The resulting series, Thames Log, looks beyond the river’s well-documented landscape to examine the human relationship with this famous watercourse and the ritualistic behaviour it inspires today.
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Women on Women
Relationships, Identity and Power - Explored Through Photography
Outdoor exhibition: 15th October – 15th November 2021 (locations listed under 'read more' below)
A bold collection of work by contemporary visual artists. Images by Anna Fox, Hannah Reyes Morales, Lola Flash, Margaret Courtney-Clarke, María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Zanele Muholi will be located on digital bus stops around Oxford. Themes explored include women’s empowerment, mental health and LGBTQI identity.
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Images of Liberation: Sally Fraser’s photography of women’s protest
15 October – 15 November 2021, Opening times TBC
Cohen Quad, Exeter College, Oxford OX1 2HG
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Photographs by: Jim Grover
Curation by: Vanessa Winship
15 October - 15 November 2021
Dearly Beloved portrays the ministry of 10 women priests in the Church of England through a combination of images and text. The original project was commissioned by the Bishop of Southwark to mark the 25th anniversary of the ordination of women and was first exhibited as Here Am I in the Oxo Gallery on London’s south bank in the summer of 2019, where it attracted 8,000 visitors and national media coverage.
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The ten women priests featured in Dearly Beloved were chosen to represent the wide variety of ministry in the Diocese of Southwark, which embraces south London suburban parishes, prisons, hospitals, and leafy Surrey villages. They were also chosen to reflect a broad range of backgrounds, circumstances and experiences. Jim made the work over the course of 9 months in 2018 and 2019, exploring and documenting each of these women’s distinctive ministries through a combination of photographs and interviews.
Moments of Transition: The photographs of Grace Robertson
From 15th October 2021
This online exhibition will be accompanied by two public events, hosted by the Royal Photographic Society in partnership with Photo Oxford
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Grace Robertson (1930-2021) was a pioneering photographer and observer of British life. Her father, Fyfe Robertson, encouraged Robertson’s interest in photography, gifting her a Leica camera when she was 18. Her first submission to Picture Post magazine in 1948 was under the pseudonym Dick Muir, as she did not want to draw attention to her father, a respected journalist for the magazine. Robertson was also acutely aware of her gender, noting at the time that photography was ‘a man’s world.’ Her first submission was rejected, with an accompanying note advising her to ‘persevere young man’. Robertson did persevere, and her first story was published on 12th August 1950.
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Not many people here yet
Open daily 10am - 7pm from 11th October - Friday 10th December 2021
Wolfson College, Linton Road OX2 6UD
Visitors are advised to telephone the college lodge on (01865) 274100 before visiting
No need to call in advance on Sundays 10am - 7pm and Monday 12 - 7pm during the festival period, 15 October -15 November
This exhibition is a playfully nostalgic unveiling of friendship and shared experiences across time. Set along the coastlines of Dorset and Jersey and based around the two central characters of Milly and Lily from a found photo album, the series places people together who are connected by place, disconnected by time.
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15 October - 15 November 2021
Opening times to be confirmed
Stanford House, 65 High St, Oxford OX1 4EL
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The following extract is from a short text that the artist, Caroline Seymour, has written to accompany the exhibition:
Water Lily: Dance of Darkness
Water Lily is a photographic series by Oxford-based photographer Keiko Ikeuchi featuring Kazuo Ohno (1906-2010). Ohno was a celebrated pioneer of Butoh, an avant-garde form of dance theatre which is often described as the ‘Dance of Darkness’. Keiko captures the dancer’s physical expressions and gentle movements as they contrast in unexpected ways with his striking appearance.
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Carla Van de Puttelaar
Carla Van de Puttelaar
Dates and location to be confirmed
Read more about Light Touch
The photography of Carla van de Puttelaar allows the eye to touch the skin on many levels. Through her lens, she makes the viewer aware of its sensitivity and sensuality, examining it in detail, at the same time fully aware of the importance of the shapes that the skin envelopes. Those shapes are outlined and accentuated by a black background, a key feature of Carla’s work. The female body has long been her main subject, and since late 2015 she has regularly worked with two or three models at the same time, exploring new types of compositions. In the last decade, she has successfully begun to examine the skin and texture of flowers, particularly those on the brink of fading, as well as the barks of trees. In those subjects, she has discovered a similar fascinating sensitivity and sensuality as in her female models. Natural light is one of Carla van de Puttelaar’s most important tools and assets. She allows it to play on and around her subjects and then catches it at its most seductive appearance and from that moment on, it is captured for posterity.
Photography & The Book
Every Saturday 10-4 and Sundays by appointment - details to follow
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Dwelling: In This Space We Breathe by Khadija Saye
Monday 30 August 2021 – Wednesday 31 August 2022
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford OX1 3PP
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Tue 09 – Sat 13 Nov 2021
The Gallery at The North Wall, The North Wall Arts Centre, OX2 7JN and online
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Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man
Details to follow
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The series, Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man by Mirja Maria Thiel, tells the life of Fritz Dressler (1937-2020), a landscape and architectural photographer who suffered from Alzheimer’s the last years of his life. He also was formerly Professor of Photography and »Moving Images« at the University of the Arts in Bremen. We met on the occasion of a photofestival that took place in the artist village of Worpswede in Northern Germany, where Fritz resided for more than 40 years. He was known for his influential and creative personality that - despite his dementia - had left him a charming and deeply expressive character when I got to know him. Fritz became my headstrong longterm-documentary’s subject. He found immense pleasure and pride in himself by falling back on taking pictures himself. It had a meaning-giving quality for him then. When he was no longer able to call his illness by its name, he sometimes resignedly acknowledged, »Actually, I don’t know anything anymore.« But his self-awareness – as someone who saw himself as an artist and thus preserved his presence – stayed alive: »I am not dead, I’m still walking!
In my free work, which began in September 2016, I am completely committed to the emotional reality of the charismatic protagonist: his intensity, vulnerability and resilience define the portraits of his soul. Alzheimer’s is one of the great health challenges of our time. This story gives the affected protagonist a voice and intends to inspire a compassionate dialogue in society about issues concerning respect towards and participation and empowerment of people affected with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
About the Artist:
Born in Hamburg in 1971, Mirja Maria Thiel is a German photographer with a background in literature whose approach to photography is rooted in the fascination for storytelling as a means of rising to challenge, living with change and showing compassion with humanity’s and her own vulnerability.
"During my four-year-stay in Switzerland, I rediscovered my delight in photography while documenting my three young children. Aged 42, I decided to study Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in Hanover, Germany. As a visual author I feel indebted to the documentary tradition, but at the same time I pursue a subjective and modern approach through in-depth-engagement with my subjects. So far, my long-term work focuses on the elderly: the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the emotional landscape of caregivers in Farewell Sonata and the affected individual in Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man. The series All This Love explores eroticism in old age couples."
Fabric of Photography: A Material Matter
15 October 2021-13 November 2021
The exhibition focuses on the work of contemporary photographic artists who are increasingly inspired by the pioneering historical processes and physicality of photography. These artists strip back photography to its absolute fundamental elements: material, light, and process. They explore the ‘thingness’ of photography.
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Fabric of Photography:
A Material Matter
A Material Matter
15 October -13 November 2021, Tuesdays to Saturdays
10am - 4pm
Arts at the Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford
Please note the gallery will be to closed to the public on Saturday 17 October from 1.00pm
The exhibition, curated by Megan Ringrose, focuses on the work of contemporary photographic artists who are increasingly inspired by the pioneering historical processes and physicality of photography. These artists strip back photography to its absolute fundamental elements: material, light, and process. They explore the ‘thingness’ of photography.
Women and Early Colour Photography: An Autochrome Trail
15 October - 15 November 2021: Multiple venues, see below for details.
This trail celebrates women’s contribution to early colour photography through the work of three innovative photographers: Sarah Angelina Acland, Helen Messinger Murdoch and Etheldreda Janet Laing. It will feature autochromes from the collections of the V&A, History of Science Museum, and National Science and Media Museum, and draws on the Bodleian Libraries’ collection.
The trail map will be accessible online, and will also be available in print at multiple locations in Oxford.
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Sarah Angelina Acland, Helen Messinger Murdoch and Etheldreda Janet Laing are united in their production of autochromes, the first commercially available and accessible colour photography process, released in Britain in 1907. Acland, Murdoch and Laing overcame the difficulties of the process, which included long exposures, to produce photographs that capture their surroundings in colour, including travels abroad, and provide an insight into their understandings of the world. Selected autochromes by Acland, Murdoch and Laing will be reproduced in windows throughout Oxford, guiding visitors to sites associated with the Photo Oxford Festival, including the Weston Library, as they learn more about the photographers’ lives. The trail features autochromes from the collections of the V&A, Museum of Science History and National Science and Media Museum and draws on the Bodleian Libraries’ collection. The trail map will be accessible online, and will also be available in print at multiple locations throughout Oxford. Please refer to the Photo Oxford website for more information:
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Tokyo: Art & Photography
29 July 2021–3 January 2022
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
This exhibition is a celebration of one of the world’s most creative, dynamic and thrilling cities. Explore Japan’s capital city through the vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years. It features a wide variety of artworks created in a metropolis that has constantly reinvented itself. Highlights include contemporary photographs by Moriyama Daido and Ninagawa Mika, historic folding screens and iconic woodblock prints, video works, and pop art.
With new commissions by contemporary artists, loans from Japan and treasures from the Ashmolean’s own collections, the show provides a fascinating insight into the development of Tokyo into one of the world’s most important cultural hotspots.
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Dr Xa Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean, says: ‘ With its tumultuous history and extraordinarily rich artistic output, Tokyo is one the most exciting cultural hotspots on the globe. In showcasing this exceptional range of artworks from the 17th century right up to pieces made in 2021, and precious works on loan from Japan, the exhibition promises to be a thrilling and unusual insight into Tokyo, one of the most interesting cities in the world.’
The exhibition is curated by:
Dr Lena Fritsch, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Ashmolean Museum
Dr Clare Pollard, Curator of Japanese Art, Ashmolean Museum
The exhibition is made possible thanks to:
Lead support from The Shikanai Foundation
Principal support from The Ishibashi Foundation and additional support from The Tokyo Exhibition Circle
Publication: The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, £25 available at the Ashmolean or online
Women Creating Landscapes
Women Creating Landscapes
Thursday 4 November 12- 8 pm, Friday 5 November 12-6pm, Saturday 6 November 12-5pm
The HATCHED2021 exhibition at OVADA brings together the practices of local and international lens-based artists. Collectively these artists voice the multiple aspects of gender inequalities: reproductive rights, gender-based violence, and trafficking. This work is shown alongside artists whose attention is closer to home. The tender look at motherhood, an exploration of complex family experiences. Personal and global they share an intimate female gaze.
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HATCHED is a creative platform promoting and sharing work addressing women’s issues and experiences that range from ‘The personal is political' to Human Rights. HATCHED was set up in 2016 by Maga Esberg and has been part of the Oxford International Women's Festival since then.
2020-2021 has brought challenges to all; the COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit, and the pressure of climate change on the environment. However, a girl born in late 2021 will automatically join the ranks of the 4 billion females worldwide whose daily reality is shaped by gender inequality in one form or another.
The Women Creating Landscapes exhibition at OVADA brings together the practices of local and international lens-based artists. Collectively these artists voice the multiple aspects of gender inequalities: reproductive rights, gender-based violence, and trafficking. This work is shown alongside artists whose attention is closer to home: a tender look at motherhood, an exploration of complex family experiences. Personal and global they share an intimate female gaze.
The artists in HATCHED2021 aim to be part of the ongoing dialogue on equality, to communicate their concerns, and to make a positive difference. These works don't stand alone; they are part of a bigger movement of women globally intent on being heard and seen.
Agnese Mūrniece’s video 'Bivouac' is inspired by childhood memories and social movements in Latvia. Alice Brookes’s video ‘Three weeks in Lockdown’, 2020 was inspired by Suzanne Lacy's project, Three Weeks in May 1977. Alison Kahn and Avi Zhimo explore ‘The Secret Museum of Anthropology’ published in 1935. Beatrix Haxby’s video ‘The Mutinous-Feminine’ is part gymnastics performance, part examination of beauty. Fiona Yaron-Field’s series ‘Belongings’ explores the surviving mementos from trafficked women. Gaby Venus’s triptych ‘Cathy, can you hear me?’ looks at absence, homelessness, and family dynamics. Jenny Wylie looks at the ubiquitous work of Margaret Calvert. Karen Toro’s ‘It is law’ looks at women's rights and freedom in Ecuador. Maga Esberg’s series ‘Barbe bleu’ looks at the impact of patriarchy from an oblique angle. Marcia Michael’s ‘Before Memory Returns’ is a series of self-portraits reflecting varying emotions heightened at night, in solace. Maryam Majd is a photojournalist and women’s rights activist based in Tehran specialising in women's sports photography. Miranda Gavin uses photography, text, and film to create work that embraces experimentation, often focusing on themes of love, abuse, and betrayal. Mita Vaghela’s practice centers on questioning her social heritage and the value of the female in Hindu culture. Nia Walling’s exploration is seated in the politics of ecofeminism and menstrual reclamation. Rosie Barnes’s ‘No You’re Not’ is a portrait project about autistic women. Sarah Lawton’s film portrays a journey into motherhood from an extremely high-risk pregnancy, throughout NICU and beyond. Susan Andrews considers her relationship with her mother and the strange collection of objects that have travelled through time to connect them. Yara Richter’s no-budget poetry short film 'Tired of Trees?' depicts a young, black mother’s experience of the first COVID-19 lockdown in a German suburb.
About the Curator:
Maga Esberg is a visual artist, tutor and curator based in the UK. She set up HATCHED as a creative platform to share work addressing women’s issues and experiences that range from ‘The personal is political' to Human Rights. HATCHED has been exhibiting as part of the Oxford International Women festival since 2016 at the North Wall gallery, the Jam Factory, Common Ground working space and Freud in Oxford.
© Nancy Sheung | Staircase, 1960s
Line and Texture: The photography of Nancy Sheung (1914-1979)
15th October - 15th November 2021
Hamlin Gallery, St Hugh’s College
Nancy Sheung (1914-1979) was born in China before moving to Hong Kong. She took up photography in 1958 and evolved her own style away from traditional pictorial photography to one that was in keeping with the mood of the 1960s and 1970s. Her work emphasises strong lines and patterns, and she frequently centres her camera on female subjects. The exhibition has been curated by Dr Michael Pritchard with the support of the Estate of Nancy Sheung.
Presented in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University and St Hugh's College.
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Born in Suzhou, China, in 1914 to a well-to-do family Sheung Wai-chun, known as Nancy, moved to Hong Kong in the 1940s. A strong, determined, women, she successfully established her own business in construction and architecture. When Hong Kong’s economy fell into recession she had time on her hands and, after seeing an exhibition of European photography in 1958 she turned to it as an amateur.
As with her professional career, she took it seriously, studying with local photographers, building her own darkroom and entering competitions and exhibitions. She evolved her own style away from the traditional pictorial aesthetic that was common at the time, to one that was contemporary and more in keeping with the mood of the 1960s and 1970s. Her work emphasises strong lines and patterns, and she frequently centres her camera on female subjects.
Nancy was practicing photography when it was dominated by men. Undeterred, she joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1965 and gained her Fellowship in 1971. She regularly exhibited in the RPS’s exhibitions. She joined the Photographic Society of Hong Kong in 1966 where she quickly made her mark becoming its Vice President in the 1970s. She died while printing in her darkroom in 1979.
This new exhibition, especially curated for Photo Oxford, looks at Nancy’s progression from pictorialism to her later work, documenting through her modern approach Hong Kong’s architecture, buildings and landscape.
It has been curated by photographic historian Dr Michael Pritchard, Director of Programmes at the Royal Photographic Society, and with the support of the Estate of Nancy Sheung.
About the Curator
Dr Michael Pritchard is a photographic historian and the Royal Photographic Society’s Director of Programmes. He edits the British photographic history blog and has broadcast and written extensively on photography and its history.
Catherine, Kiambé, Surya
15 October – 15 November
‘Catherine, Kiambé, Surya’ is a body of work by French emerging artist Elisa Moris Vai. Curated by Pelumi Odubanjo, this solo show introduces the artist’s photographic response to three female characters in La Quarantaine (1995) and Révolutions (2003), novels set in Mauritius, by Nobel Prize-winning writer J.M.G. Le Clézio. The exhibition is supported by Fluxus Art Projects.
Women, Memory & Transmission: Postcolonial Perspectives from the Arts and Literature, the associated international, interdisciplinary conference at Maison Française d’Oxford on 18 October, is convened by the artist Elisa Moris Vai and researacher Justine Feyereisen. It is supported by TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme. See here for conference details and bookings.
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Anna Atkins: Botanical Illustration & Photographic Innovation (2020)
STILL AVAILABLE TO VIEW OUTDOORS: Trinity College gate, Parks Road, Oxford
Anna Atkins, an English botanist, is renowned for her remarkable compendium, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, which she privately published in approximately twelve instalments between 1843 and 1853.
The photography of Anna Atkins is celebrated for its beauty and innovation, and is found in many of the world’s major museums, including the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.
Read more about Anna Atkins here.
Online 'In Conversation' between Geoff Batchen, Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford, and Dr Lena Fritsch, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum listen again here.