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Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition 2017

We’re back in Oxford again for this year’s open exhibition, which will be taking place from 13th September to 1st October in the lovely surroundings of The Cloister Gallery, St John the Evangelist Church, Iffley Road, Oxford.

Whether you are a member or non-member of the society, or amateur or professional artist, we’re very much looking forward to seeing you at The Cloister Gallery on submission day, Sunday 10th September.

Follow the links below to download a copy of the submission form and the full submission notes.

Please take some time to read the submission notes to check your work qualifies for submission and to make sure you have everything you need with you when you arrive at the gallery.

OAS Open Exhibition Submission Form 2017

OAS Open Exhibition Submission Notes 2017

(please note – yellow submission labels will be available at the Cloister Gallery on submission day)

Alongside the open exhibition we’re running our hugely successful Young Artist Competition, for more details follow this link – Young Artist Competition.

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Oxford Art Society Young Artist Competition 2017

Exciting news!  The OAS will be holding the Young Artist Competition again this year alongside it’s annual Open exhibition.

Follow the links below for the submission form and submission notes.

Please take some time to read the submission notes to check your work qualifies for submission and to make sure you have everything you need with you when you arrive at the gallery.

OAS – Young Artist Competition Submission Form 2017

OAS – Young Artist Competition Submission Notes 2017

Good luck!

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Rona, OAS – Mother XX Daughter exhibition at the Jam Factory

The Jam Factory in Oxford is currently showing a selection of Rona’s thoughtful and enigmatic paintings of women.  These works focus on relationships, in particular the relationship between mother and daughter.

Rona uses a mostly monochromatic palate of oil on canvas to paint images of people. She is interested in the inner psyche and in capturing a particular mood. Rona paints what is close to her and hopes to gain a greater understanding in doing so.

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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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Rahima Kenner, OAS – Printmaking class

Rahima Kenner will be running the following printmaking classes this summer –

INTRODUCTORY ETCHING
A six session evening class beginning Wednesday 7th June – Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 6.30pm – 9.30pm. £150 including materials. To book call 01865 723410.
at Oxford Printmakers Studios, Tyndale Road Oxford OX4 near St Clements. This course covers all the basics of etching techniques – and is a useful stepping stone to using the open access workshop facilities.

EXPLORING PRINT – WITH AN INTAGLIO PRESS
Thursday July 8th 2017 10 am – 4.30pm
Day workshops at my home studio in Oxford City. Small tutorial group only. Monoprinting, drypoint and chine colle techniques These techniques are incredibly versatile and fun to explore. A great way to develop your ideas in different media. Suitable for all levels of experience or none.
£65 for the day including materials. Tel: 01865 723410 for Rahima.

For more information about Rahima and her work please see her website – rahimakenner.com

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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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OAS at St Hugh’s College Festival of Anniversaries

OAS was invited by St Hugh’s College in Oxford to participate in their Festival of Anniversaries in October with artwork on show and for sale in the Hamlin Gallery, the Maplethorpe Building and the college grounds. The Festival included a full programme of events including dinners, drama and lectures and OAS provided demonstrations at the weekend, including portrait sittings on Sunday afternoon with Patrick the porter, and the Principal Dame Elish Angiolini who kindly agreed to model. The collaboration has been a very successful experience and at the college’s suggestion the exhibition was extended by several weeks. St Hugh’s have also generously indicated that OAS would be welcome to return in the future to exhibit again.

St Hugh's Portrait Class 2

Ben Hope, Lucy Stopford and Ken Organ with Dame Elish Angiolini

St Hugh's Portrait Class 1

Patrick the Porter - Ben Hope

Patrick the Porter by Ben Hope

Dame Elish Angiolini - Ben Hope

Dame Elish Angiolini by Ben Hope

A selection of sculpture by OAS members shown in the grounds of the college –

Johannes Von Stumm - St Hughs

Johannes Von Stumm

Martin Smith - St Hughs

Martin Smith

Toddy Hoare 2 - St Hughs

Toddy Hoare

Alan Biggs 1 - St Hughs

Alan Biggs

Alan Kidd provided a poster for the event with an image by Steve Daggitt which was produced by St Hugh’s.

oas-st-hughs-exhibiton

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Message from your Chairman

Dear Members,

OAS 125th anniversary

As our 125th anniversary year comes to a close. We are looking to the future. As you know we have been exhibiting in and around Oxford since 1891 and we are very proud of this achievement. Over the years we have had many famous artists, both as members and as exhibitors such as Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Gilbert Spencer, John Piper, Paul Nash to name just a few. We have kept to the principles that were first established in 1891 and this has given us a reputation of high quality exhibitions filled with high quality works of art. Many of our past members have works in the Ashmolean Collection.

We had a successful open exhibition in September at SJE Arts on the Iffley Road and our New Artist Competition inviting artists between the ages of 18-35 to exhibit with us. The competition, by the way, was won by Arthur Laidlaw. We are now looking forward to our Members Exhibition in February at the Town Hall.

Before that though we have been invited by St Hugh’s College to celebrate with them (they are 100 years old this year) with an exhibition of members work on display throughout the college during their anniversary celebrations in October.

I hope all our members have had a good year and we look forward to you exhibiting with us in 2017.

Best wishes
Peter Farley
Chair
Oxford Art Society

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