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Oxford Art Society Open Art Exhibition 2018

Any artist within a 30 mile radius of Oxford may enter the juried Open Oxford Art Society Exhibition 2018. The selection date is 22 September. There are links to submission forms and notes. You need to download a submission form. The yellow label is available at the exhibition venue

OAS YAC OPEN Submission Form 2018
YAC OAS OPEN Submission Notes 2018

OAS OPEN Submission Form 2018
OAS Open Exhibition 2018 notes-updated

 

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Third Annual Young Artist Competition

OAS YAC OPEN Submission Form 2018

YAC OAS OPEN Submission Notes 2018

 

 

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Submission Forms for Oxford Art Society Exhibition

OAS OPEN Submission Form 2018

OAS Open Exhibition 2018 notes-updated

OAS YAC OPEN Submission Form 2018

YAC OAS OPEN Submission Notes 2018

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Harriet Eagle: Artwork Acceptance at Mall Galleries

Congratulations Harriet, on the acceptance of your seascape at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition from 11- 20 October.
Scroll down for your invitation to the Private View.

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Harriet Eagle – Exhibition at Woodstock

Do visit Kingfisher Art sometime in September.to see this exciting exhibition to enjoy Harriet Eagle’s work

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Congratulations Lucy on your Mall Gallery acceptance.

 

Lucy Stopford: Sibling, charcoal on paper

Lucy Stopford, Chair, will be showing one of her charcoal portraits with the forthcoming Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries opening on 26th August.

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Jackie Conway Exhibition September – November 2018

Jackie Conway Nuffield Hospital Exhibition 9th September-first week of November.

In 1980 I completed my Foundation Art course at Oxford Polytechnic. The following year I attended Bristol where I gained a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art. I am a member of the Oxford Printmakers Co Operative and the Oxford Art Society.

I regularly attend life drawing classes and I have shown my Art work around the Oxfordshire area at different venues. Still Life drawing and the study of shapes and the relationship between them. Also bringing together colour creating a powerful sense of harmony. From drawings and paintings I produce images in Etching and Aquatint prints. The ideas produced from studying still-lifes influences and develops other areas of Art.

Email: jackiemconway@yahoo.co.uk

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Benjamin Hope NEAC

Benjamin Hope has had the honour of being elected to membership of the NEAC – New English Art Club. This is a very prestigious group and we are proud of his achievement. Below is one of the paintings from his election portfolio which also featured in this year’s NEAC show.

Congratulations Benjamin.

Benjamin Hope – Cadmium Rood Donker 8″ x 10″

 

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Congratulations Kate Hipkiss

We are very proud of one of our new members, Kate Hipkiss, who has had an artwork selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. It is a papercut titled Inflow and you can see it on her Instagram post.

Well done Kate!

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Jim Robinson – Photographer in Residence

We, at Oxford Art Society are delighted to announce that one of our members, Jim Robinson, has been elected to be Photographer in Residence at Oxford Festival of the Arts from 23 June to 7 July 2018. Jim is a photographer as well as a painter.

Jim’s brief is to reflect the diversity of events and visitors at the festival and he will be there every day, photographing different events.  The photograph above is of the preliminary show for the Festival in Frideswide Square featuring the work of secondary school students supported by wildlife photographer Andrew Walmsley.

Congratulations Jim!

 

 

 

 

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Grant Waters – Workplace Portraits at The Cornerstone Didcot

A note for your diaries at the end of the year, Grant Waters, OAS, will be showing an exhibition of his wonderful portraits in oil at The Cornerstone in Didcot –

“An exhibition of oil paintings that consider the relationship between people and their place of work. This is a celebration of the skill of the sitter where a single concentrated look can sum up a lifetime’s knowledge and experience. I have found that the lighting that illuminates their work also gives focus to the composition. Whether the spaces are cluttered, tidy, pretty or purely practical, the moods and atmospheres that they create are integral to the piece. These works are as much a portrait of the space as they are of the sitter.”  Grant Waters

Workplace Portraits Exhibition
The Cornerstone Didcot
28th November to 10th December 2018

The Horologist’s Workshop by Grant Waters

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Art Today – What touches your Soul? A lecture by Johannes von Stumm

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A new book by Beatrice Hoffman

Beatrice Hoffman has just published a beautiful coffee table book titled ‘Sculptures by Beatrice Hoffman 2018’. It has 98 full colour spreads with many images of the sculptures by Beatrice Hoffman and poems by Tom Corbet. The text is by the art critics Kay Wolf and Patricia Preece and by the sculptor herself. The works features both figurative and abstract sculptures, with photos taken indoors and in garden settings.

Nurturing – 66 x 55 x 33cm – Bronze Resin

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Oxford Art Society Members Exhibition 2018

A packed gallery of artists and art enthusiasts enjoyed a fabulous evening at the Members Exhibition Private View on Friday.  Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, Trinity College, Oxford, opened the show with an informative talk on art and the role of the Society.

Lucy Stopford, OAS Chair, introducing Professor Martin Kemp

A panel of Honorary Members were given the unenviable task of selecting an artist from the exhibition to receive the Honorary Members’ Prize of £100, which is provided voluntarily from their membership subscriptions.  This went to Tom Croft for his wonderful portrait ‘Loz C’.  The Broad Canvas Prize, a £50 voucher kindly donated by Broad Canvas art shop, Oxford, went to Beatrice Hoffman for her lovely sturdy horse sculpture.

A review of the show from Broad Canvas can be read here.

The exhibition continues until Friday 23rd March so, if you want to experience the work of some of the regions most talented artists, do make some time to visit.

Venue: The Sewell Centre Gallery, Radley College, Abingdon, OX14 2HR
Dates: 24rd February to 23rd March
Times: Daily 10am to 4pm
Refreshments available at gallery coffee shop

The Sewell Centre Gallery hosts a range of exhibitions throughout the year, supporting up and coming artists as well as exhibiting established artists such as Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley and Eduardo Paolozzi.

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Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition 2017

Art lovers, young and old, converged on The Cloister Gallery at St John the Evangelist Church last Friday, to enjoy the official opening of the Oxford Art Society Open exhibition 2017.

Our gratitude goes to Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford, who opened the exhibition, and who had the unenviable task of choosing the winner of the Young Artist Competition from a fantastic selection of work.  The winning piece was a painting by Sam Hampton, called ‘Charlie Company’.

The exhibition is open until Sunday 1st October (see below for opening hours), so you still have time to visit and enjoy a great mix of work.

Here are some photos of the event to wet your appetite.

Paul Hobson and Lucy Stopford, chair of the Oxford Art Society

Photos above courtesy of Cecilia Paulsson

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Lucy Stopford, OAS Chair – work selected for BP Portrait Awards

Our Chairwoman and portrait artist, Lucy Stopford, has had one of her stunning oil portraits selected for this years BP Portrait Awards.  The portrait is of Lucy’s friend, Dr Tim Moreton, who worked as a Registrar at the National Portrait Gallery.

Dr Tim Moreton by Lucy Stopford

See this Oxford Times article to learn a bit more about Lucy’s work and the BP Portrait Award.

And here’s a link to Lucy’s page on the National Portrait Gallery BP Award website, where you can find details of how to visit the exhibition.

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OAS says farewell to outgoing Chairman Peter Farley

At the recent 124th Oxford Art Society AGM Peter Farley stepped down as our Chairman.  His excellent care, inclusive style, friendly manner and careful direction will be much missed by members of the Oxford Art Society and wider arts community.  He was elected an Honorary Member for his outstanding services to the society and presented with a gift voucher from Broad Canvas in thanks for all his hard work.

We now have a new Chairman to welcome in to the society – it was agreed at the same meeting this appointment should be put in the very able hands of Lucy Stopford.  As members are very aware, prior to taking on her new role, Lucy had been working hard behind the scenes as our Membership Secretary.  We wish her great success in her role of Chairman of the Society.

Lucy Stopford, Chair, presenting Peter Farley with his gift voucher

Anna Nicholson, Honourary Secretary, Peter Farley and Lucy Stopforld, Chair

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OAS Members exhibition 2017

The members exhibition this year was opened by Professor Christopher Brown, CBE, now Director Emeritus (of the Ashmolean).

Professor Christopher Brown, CBE and Peter Farley, Chairman of the Oxford Art Society, opening the exhibition

The private view at the Town Hall in Oxford was a great success and as you can see from the photo below we had a crowded house!

You still have time to catch the exhibition as it runs until Sunday 26th of February.  The Town Hall is also hosting the Oxford International Art Fair on the 24th 25th and 26th.  If you make it for the final weekend you’ll be able to enjoy some fabulous works of art provided artists local to oxford and artists from further afield.

We look forward to seeing you there.

OAS member and painter John Somerscales entertaining the crowds at the private view.

Behind the scenes – the hanging committee at work!

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OAS Welcomes new members

Earlier this year a merry group of new members gathered to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of The Bear and Ragged Staff pub in Cumnor for the new members tea party. The new members were joined by Peter Farley, the chairman, who formally welcomed them to the society, and then tea drinking, cake eating and much chatting about art ensued.

New members braving the January weather for a group photo
left to right: Cassandra Wall, Maeve Bayton, Caroline Ritson, Kathy Turner
John Dew, Tara Parker-Woolway, Andreea Zahiu, Mike Jones and Jenny Fay

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Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition 2016

To celebrate 125 years of the Oxford Art Society, artists from all around Oxfordshire have come together to put on a large and exciting exhibition featuring some of the best talent in the county.  There are some 180 works on show by OAS members and non-members including paintings, prints and sculptures, both figurative and abstract.

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Will Gompertz in conversation with one the entrants of the Young Artist Competition

Will Gompertz, the BBC Arts Editor, generously gave his time to judge the Society’s Young Artist Competition.  He had a difficult choice to make from all the entries but, after some deliberation, he decided on a work by Oxford Artist Arthur Laidlaw, entitled Apamea (Colonnade), a work using an unusual combination of Laser Toner, Acrylic, Primer, Masking Tape, Etching ink on Planning Paper. Arthur is just setting out on his career as an artist so the £1000 prize that was generously donated by an anonymous art lover will be sure to help him on his way.

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Arthur Laidlaw and ‘Apamea (Colonnade)’

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The winner receiving his cheque from Will Gompertz and Peter Farley, the Oxford Art Society Chairman

Will Gompertz said during his speech at the exhibition ‘We’re living in extraordinary times in which we need art more than ever to help us navigate and understand what’s going on. That’s why this year’s OAS Young Artist Competition is so important. Art has a unique ability to identify and highlight the truth, as do young people. The combination of the two should be revelatory’.

The Exhibition is open every day 10.00 to 4.00pm and continues until the 2nd October at SJE Arts, The Cloister Gallery, St John the Evangelist Church, Iffley Road, Oxford.

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The Oxford Art Society is an exhibiting Society of Painters, Printmakers and Sculptors and prides itself on encouraging the practice of Fine Arts. This anniversary exhibition provides an ideal opportunity to showcase both the young and inspirational talent the city and surrounding area has to offer, as well as viewing the works of more established artists.

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