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Modern Art Oxford

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30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP
  • Telephone 01865 722733
  • Opening times Tue–Sat 11am–6pm; Sun 12pm–5pm; Closed Mon
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  • Website www.modernartoxford.org.uk
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Art Theefe Album Launch

Long-awaited debut album release show from eclectic Oxford 3-piece, Art Theefe.

Fri 12 Oct

£5.50

Big Draw Workshop: Lichen Life

Big Draw Workshop: Lichen Life

Join artist Sarah Blissett for this special climate change-inspired workshop to explore the role of playfulness in creativity, invention and discovery. Learn how tiny lichen organisms reveal fascinating facts about air pollution, paint your own lichen life portraits, examine the secret microscopic world and landscapes of lichens, and create your own growing living lichen sculpture.

Sarah Blissett is a writer, artist and researcher at Roehampton University working at intersections between performance, art and ecology.

Sat 13 Oct

Free

Early Years: Make Play

Early Years: Make Play

Make Play sessions offer a sensory creative space for children age 6 months to 5 years to explore with their parent/carer. Drawing on materials and themes within our exhibitions, each week offers different experimental activities to help participants follow their curiosity and be playful.

Inspired by our environmentally themed exhibition, *Future Knowledge, *these sessions will explore life cycles of materials. The workshops will take place in our Piper Gallery.

Thu 27 Sep

Free

Thu 4 Oct

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Thu 11 Oct

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Thu 18 Oct

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Thu 25 Oct

Free

Future Knowledge

Future Knowledge

Future Knowledge is a thought-provoking exhibition exploring the role of visual culture in continuing to raise awareness of the effects of climate change. Building upon last year’s inaugural edition (20 May – 25 June 2017), this exhibition brings together artworks, prototypes and projects by artists, designers and thinkers from a range of different disciplines, in order to showcase fascinating and diverse creative responses to environmental concerns.

This dynamic show begins with an aerial performance of loop (commissioned by The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh) by ballet dancer and choreographer Eve Mutso on the evening of the preview party. The marks she makes with her pointe shoes in graphite powder will remain in situ as a floor drawing, as part of the first section of the exhibition, which reflects on the interconnectedness of all living beings over a vast timescale.

Also on display in this first section is American artist Rachel Sussman’s epic visual timeline stretching back 750 million years; Norwegian artist Eline McGeorge’s montage and weaving works symbolising an environmental cycle of damage and repair; and British artist Tania Kovats’ vast sculptures of steel and salt which reflect the theory that Earth has one interconnected, self-regulating ocean.

Moving through the exhibition visitors will be introduced to environmental innovations, revealing new site-specific methods for understanding our domestic and local relationships to systems of production, systematic waste, and inadvertent pollution. Artist and designer Lucy Kimbell displays a fascinating prototype for domestic wallpaper that changes colour over time in response to UK air pollutants, and Andy Owen will present a new conceptual installation that takes a fresh look at innovations in farming domesticated livestock.

In the adjacent room there is a projection of Continuing Bodies, a lung shaped sculpture set in Oxford’s ancient woodland Wytham Woods. The sculpture was created using mycelium, which is being pioneered by bio-fabrication platform Ecovative as a sustainable building material that is grown rather than manufactured, and was made collectively by Modern Art Oxford’s How Nature Builds group participants.

The final gallery space will be used as a public studio, demonstrating ingenuity in the face of climate change as well as hosting events and activities that invite visitors to join in. Prototypes and working models on display include pioneering architectural biomimicry by Exploration Architecture, demonstrating the design and production of materials, structures and systems that are modelled on biological entities and processes.

Future Knowledge is part of the nationwide project Season for Change, which invites artists and arts organisations from across the country to explore climate change through creative presentation.

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Irregular Folks And Modern Art Oxford Present: You Are Wolf + David Bramwell's The Cult Of Water

'English Avant-folk at its finest' The Observer

'Imagine Bjork working her magic on the English folk tradition' Uncut

You Are Wolf aka Avant-folk artist Kerry Andrew is a vocalist and award-winning composer. Kerry will be continuing our journey exploring the theme of freshwater folklore as she performs her new album Keld with multi-instrumentalist Sam Hall and percussionist Peter Ashwell. Keld is the follow up to her stunning debut Hawk To the Hunting Gone that explored British birds and folklore. An old Northern English word meaning the deep, slow, still part of a river, Keld is an album that delves into the theme of fresh water and her passion for wild swimming. Kerry's mastery of vocal looping, layered electronics and expansive use of traditional instruments has been inspired by the likes of Camille, Meredith Monk and tUnE-yArDs. It's a stunning, exciting and hugely inventive journey.

www.youarewolf.com

Bramwell clearly has an eye for the oddball and arcane The Guardian

A masterful storyteller Radio Times

David Bramwell is also known as the man behind Sing-along-a-Wickerman and The Odditorium. Tonight, his presentation combines music, animation and film to bring you a captivating psychogeographical journey into the occult secrets of our waterways. The River Don provides the focal point for this evening. Aided by a witch, Jarvis Cocker, and magician-author Alan Moore, David Bramwell battles his own thalassophobia (the fear of 'what lurks beneath') to unearth little-known stories and myths that surround our rivers. Also expect a short Q&A afterwards.

www.drbramwell.com

Please note the galleries and cafe with be open from 6pm as part of Museums at Night with the event starting at 7:30pm.

Sat 27 Oct

£11

Modern Art Oxford

This contemporary art space was founded in 1966. All exhibitions and events are free, and the space is accessible and open to all. The gallery's agenda is shaped by a belief in dialogue between contemporary art and ideas, and it has an international reputation for high-quality, innovative projects.

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