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This autumn sees a characterist-ically exciting programme of exhibitions at the Brian Sinfield Gallery in Burford. “We were looking for a strong line-up of quality painters, making sure we had a good mix of work,” Brian Sinfield said. “It’s a very diverse mix, each artist very different to the others.”
4:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013
Some things have to be seen to be believed. Photos give some idea, and videos even more, such as the clips on Waddesdon Manor’s website, but nothing can match going there and seeing for yourself this extraordinary exhibition of elaborately folded linen napkins and table centrepieces by Catalan artist Joan Sallas. Location is all. The Rothschilds’ grand reception rooms provide the perfect setting for an exhibition celebrating the historical art of linen folding. A collaboration with the Holburne Museum in Bath where some larger pieces were displayed earlier this year, this is the first time Sallas has exhibited his work in the UK.
4:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013
Now in its 13th year, the Oxford Ceramics Fair was started by the Craft Potters’ Association, the professional body that represents studio potters. Studio pottery is pottery made by craftspeople working alone or in small groups to make unique items or short runs. It includes both functional wares and sculptural pieces. The Ashmolean is collaborating with the fair to hold an Overture Event on Saturday, October 20. This will be at the Ashmolean and introduced by Timothy Wilson, Keeper of Western Art, who has responsibility for the museum’s contemporary ceramic collection. Tanya Harrod will give a talk based on her award-winning book The Last Sane Man. The book is an elegant exploration of the life, work and philosophy of Michael Cardew, a main architect of modern studio pottery.
5:30pm Thursday 19th September 2013
The Oxford Art Society (OAS) was founded in 1891 and its past alumni include Edward Burne-Jones, Stanley Spencer and John Piper. This is its 122nd year and this year’s show continues the society’s long and august tradition.
5:36pm Thursday 19th September 2013
Victoria Rees is showing her powerful collection of drawings, paintings and large-scale studio pieces to coincide with the Britten in Oxford festival and tomorrow’s performance by the South Bank Sinfonia of The Young Britten.
12:00am Thursday 12th September 2013
Bicester-based Janine Kilroe cites as her source of inspiration the British Isles. Over 30 years she has been exploring Britain’s landscapes, our magnificent coastline and the impact that each changing season and the movement of wind and water have on both.
12:00am Thursday 12th September 2013
This summer the newly created Bath Spa Porthleven Prize awarded five students a residency at the Porthleven Art Studio, South Cornwall. The students worked collaboratively to produce a body of work in a range of media, which culminated in this touring exhibition. The work draws inspiration from the environment – both built and natural – local people and Celtic folklore.
12:00am Thursday 5th September 2013
It may seem odd to pair these two,” said Richard Calvocoressi, Director of The Henry Moore Foundation, referring to the forthcoming autumn exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum that brings together works by Francis Bacon and Henry Moore. “Moore is all about structure, endurance, stability, and Bacon quite the contrary: dissolution, flux, the dissolving of flesh.”
12:00am Thursday 29th August 2013
12:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013
In the late 19th century, the Pitt Rivers acquired a group of Native American ceremonial shirts from a senior official of the Hudson Bay Company, who had collected them from the Blackfoot tribes when visiting the company’s fur trading stations in the 1840s.
12:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013
A man, perhaps a mystic, his face concealed behind a golden starburst, stands before us, gold necklaces about his chalk-whitened neck; people in white robes stand holding staves as though guarding something sacrosanct; the same duo reappears, now a trio with a man sitting cross-legged on the floor waving a palm frond slowly to and fro; behind them the pure white wall and alcove suggest some temple-like space.
12:00am Thursday 8th August 2013
Magic, legends, magical beings and magical beasts have over the centuries inspired a wonderfully rich vein of imaginative writing. This exhibition, drawn from the fabulous Ashmolean and Bodleian collections, has been skilfully and eruditely curated to create an enchanted and enchanting experience. The fact that it is low-lit (to preserve the manuscripts) adds to this. Each part of the exhibition explores and explains a particular aspect of magic and its interpretation through words and pictures.
9:50am Thursday 1st August 2013
Oxford resident Dr Steven Parissien is director of the glorious Compton Verney. Opening its latest exhibition Turner and Constable: Sketching from Nature, he said: “The landscape oil sketch first appeared in British art in the 1770s, flourished during the first two decades of the 19th century pioneered by JMW Turner and John Constable and then effectively disappeared…”
12:00am Thursday 25th July 2013
When I first visited the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition years ago, I didn’t really know what to expect, except that it was a historical art event (now in its 245th year) that was part of the London summer calendar. Over time I became used to the format, knew to expect hundreds of artworks of all styles and media, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and architectural models, by artists I had heard of, and many more I had not.
12:00am Thursday 18th July 2013
Africa looks to be having its day. In the art world, that is, and not before time you might say. What with Angola winning the prize for the best national pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, and Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui’s gigantic shimmering installation hanging in all its glory outside the Royal Academy, perhaps it’s not by coincidence that the first work you see at Tate Modern in the concourse outside a major retrospective of Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi has the title The Inevitable.
12:00am Thursday 11th July 2013
Next week, this wonderful festival of fine art and crafts returns to Waterperry. Now in its 36th year, the festival runs for four days, and last year attracted a 25,000-strong crowd. Visitors are given the opportunity to observe the creative process first-hand as 150 artists and craftspeople demonstrate their skills. A vast array of techniques and mediums are demonstrated, including: calligraphy, ceramics, glass, illustration, metalwork, jewellery, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and woodwork. Sarah Morpeth will be demonstrating the intricate art of cut paperwork. Her starting point for each piece is a phrase or text that has inspired her which she then combines with images and motifs inspired by the wildlife and countryside that surround her Northumberland studio. For example in a work entitled A Violet, the phrase ‘A violet by a mossy stone half-hidden from the eye’ is cut our and beautifully integrated into the delicate tracery of leaves, butterflies, bees and flowers, pictured.
12:00am Thursday 4th July 2013
The State of the Art Gallery (SOTA) and Oxfordshire photographer David Willoughby have teamed up to provide Witney people, both adults and children, with a unique opportunity this Saturday to take part in creating a portrait of Witney and so become part of a unique collage of photographs of local people.
12:00am Thursday 27th June 2013
A Stradivarius knows no boundaries, said Tasmin Little OBE at the opening of the Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition celebrating the life and work of Antonio Stradivari (1644 to 1737) — or Stradivarius as he is more commonly known. The classical violinist had been asked what makes a Stradivarius violin so special. “A seamless flow, strength of tone, a subtlety and purity of sound. It’s just a joy,” she replied, demonstrating the violin’s qualities. Canadian violinist James Ehnes, who played at the Ashmolean’s gala concert in its opening week might say the same. Writing in the exhibition catalogue Mr Ehnes said like most violinists he was enthralled from his earliest years: “The name Stradivarius had an air of magic to me. A Stradivarius was more than just a musical instrument; it was a symbol of achievement, of success, of greatness,” he said.
10:53am Friday 14th June 2013
Sacred Stitches: Ecclesiastical Textiles in the Rothschild Collection & Cantus Arcticus: Waddesdon Manor
12:00am Thursday 13th June 2013
Inspiration comes in many ways. For Wiltshire-based artist Bruce Munro it came when driving home from Waddesdon Manor late last year idly listening to the radio. Switching to Radio 3 he heard “a wonderful piece of music” he had never heard before. “I day-dreamed all the way home,” he said. “As soon as I got in I phoned them saying, I know exactly what I am going to do.” The music was Cantus Arcticus by Finnish composer Einohujani Rautavaara (b.1928). Munro’s visit to the Renaissance- style chateau near Aylesbury was for the commission of a new light installation for the Coach House as part of the Manor’s 2013 contemporary art programme.
12:00am Thursday 30th May 2013
It’s “the greatest Old Master drawing in the world” — and we have it here in Oxford. The curators of the sublime Master Drawings exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum where this peerless Raphael is one the stars agreed, “It’s as simple as that. They don’t come better.”
10:59am Thursday 23rd May 2013
Contemporary artist Stephen Willats’ connection with Modern Art Oxford (MAO) began in 1967 and this, his fourth MAO exhibition externalises the idea of networks of people. Stephen says his fundamental aims involve exploring relationships between people and his idea that connections are fundamental to civilisation.