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CALL FOR ENTRIES – Members Exhibition Submission Form

The Members Exhibition is open to members of the Oxford Art Society.

(Membership is by invitation after two successful entries in the Annual Open Exhibition.)

This year each member has a guaranteed placement for one entry – the second submission will be by selection. Selection day will take place as usual and selection will not be made from the entry form which is to help us to process your data. Please read the submission notes below the entry form.
There are also some ‘tips’ after the Submission notes.

 

 

 

SUBMISSION FORMS

OAS Members Submission Notes 2020

 

The Entry Form is to be completed ONLINE only.

Unsure how to do online entries and images?

Your image needs to be 1200 pixels in the smallest dimension or 3 MB. If you use an iphone select and save your photo either as a medium-sized or large attachment – not the actual size which will overload our server.
If you need further help please contact a member on the committee.

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Oxford Art Society AGM – 2 March 2020

Oxford Art Society AGM
2 March at 4.00pm

The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Lower ground floor

Afterwards, do join us for the OASA lecture and drinks starting at 5.15pm.

OAS members have a reduced entrance fee of  £4 for the OASA lecture:

Dr Emily Potts: Byzantine Fresco in the 21st Century: Old Techniques, New Spaces:
5.45pm  – 6.45pm

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Rona Painting pop-up Gallery

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Open Exhibition 2020 – October

For your diaries…
OPEN Exhibition – 3 – 18 October
SJE Cloister Gallery
Submission ONLINE by  8pm Thursday 24 September
Submission HAND-IN – Saturday 26 September – 10am -12 noon
HELPERS needed: Saturday 26 Sept – 1:30 – 4pm
Private View – Sunday 4 October – 5-7pm
Invigilators needed during opening.
Please contact harriet.eagle@ntlworld.com if you are able to help with the hand-in and hanging of the exhibitions.
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Congratulations to Robert Strange

12 Rusty Buckles

Robert Strange’s pastel artwork ’12 Rusty Buckles’ has been selected for the Pastel society exhibition in the Mall Galleries in London. Well done Robert.

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Congratulations to Mark Fennell

Oxford Art Society is proud to announce that Mark’s self portrait – The diagnosis has been selected for The Royal Society of British Artists annual open exhibition at The Mall Galleries London.

The Exhibition is from Thursday 20 February to Saturday 29 February, 10am to 5pm

 

 

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OASA lecture and OASA AGM 3 February 2020

Oxford Art Society Associates Lecture

Edward Lear – his 9,000 landscape drawings and how he used them: Stephen Duckworth

The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Lower ground floor

Monday 3 February

AGM 5.00 pm

Drinks 5.15pm

Lecture 5.45pm – 6.45pm

 

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Dark and Light – Johannes von Stumm exhibition

Johannes Von Stumm PPRBS is the President of Oxford Art Society and we are proud to see his lovely solo exhibition at Cornerstone Didcot.
You are invited to ‘Meet the Artist’ on 16 January 6-8pm.
Tuesday 7 January – 2 February.

 

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Slade Lecture – History and the Art of painting

Slade Lecture – History and the Art of painting  22 January

Slade Lectures 2020

“Philip Guston (1913-1980): History and the Art of Painting”

Presented by Professor Karen Lang, Slade Professor of Art 2020

Philip Guston is the theme of the 2020 Slade Lectures which will once again take place in Hilary term at the University of Oxford.  The lectures will take place every Wednesday at 5pm, in Weeks 1-6.

All are welcome to attend!  No Booking is not required.  Please arrive in time for the 5pm start.  Lectures are normally one hour in duration. All of the six lectures will take place at the Mathematical Institute, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG. For directions, please view here.

Please note that photography/recording is not allowed during these lectures.   An informal drinks reception will take place after the 5 February lecture.

Wed 22 January:    History and the Art of Painting
Wed 29 January:    Troubled Beauty
Wed 5 February:    Fable (followed by informal drinks reception)
Wed 12 February: Locating the Image
Wed 19 February: The Little Theatre of Philip Guston
Wed 26 February: Wandering into the Night

https://www.hoa.ox.ac.uk/slade-lectures

 

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Kevin Line Exhibition at North Wall

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Wild Song – an exhibition by Jane Duff

Invitation to the opening of Jane Duff’s solo exhibition
on Friday 29th November 6pm – 8pm
at The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, OX2 7JN

Opening Hours:
Mondays to Fridays 10.00 – 16.00
Saturdays and Sundays: 12.00 – 16.00
www.janeduff.co.uk

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Oxford Art Society Associates Lecture – October 2019

Oxford Art Society Associates Lecture – October 2019

Depictions of Tokyo in Japanese Prints: Dr. Clare Pollard

The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Lower ground floor

Monday 14 October
Drinks 5.15pm
Lecture 5.45pm – 6.45pm
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Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition 2019

OAS Open Exhibition Schedule 2019

Oxford Art Society members, entrants and their families are welcome at the annual OAS Open Exhibition private view on Sunday 29th September 7 – 9pm. You can look forward to wine, Jenny Fay singing with her Jazz band and a record number of works on display.

Johannes von Stumm will introduce Mark Haddon who will open the exhibition and be announcing the Young Artist Competition winners.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday 2nd October – Sunday 27th October; 10.00am – 5.00pm

A reminder: Collection of unsold work is on Sunday 27 October 5 pm – 6 pm
or Monday 28 October 12 – 2 pm

To collect unsold work, please enter The Cloisters Gallery at SJE via the
James St entrance to the St Stephen’s House car park.
Buyers will be notified of these dates for collecting purchases.

 

 

 

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Common Ground: Benjamin Hope & Andrew Roberts

Benjamin Hope & Andrew Roberts

Benjamin Hope – London Docklands

will be exhibiting in London in a two-person exhibition at

Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, London
8 – 16 November 2019
Open Daily 11 am – 6 pm

 

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AGM – 4 February 2019

Oxford Art Society AGM – 4 February 2019.

The AGM will be held on Monday 4th February at the Ashmolean in the Headley Theatre.
4.30pm – 5.30pm: AGM meeting
5.30pm – 5.45pm: Drinks
5.45pm: Oxford Art Society Associates lecture by Sir Nicholas Penny, former director of the National Gallery 2008-15

“Grotesque Masks: Michelangelo and the invention of ornament”

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The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2019

Benjamin Hope – self portrait

The Pastel Society’s 120th Exhibition at the Mall Galleries will open on 4th February – 16th February. Oxford Art Society is proud to announce that four OAS members have artworks  in the exhibition. Benjamin Hope had 4 pieces selected!
Ben Hope
Kevin Line
Robert Strange
Lucy Stopford.
All selected pieces are available to view online.

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A warm welcome to our New Members 2019!

Lucy Stopford, Oxford Art Society Chairman, (front row, 4th from the left) poses with our new members. On Monday 14th January, 11 new OAS members were invited to meet members of the committee and enjoy afternoon tea in the bar at Browns. We are delighted to welcome Martin Cash, Gerry Coles, Mark Fennell, Richard Fox, Nicky Moeran, Alison Munby, Jennifer Newman, Rosie Phipps, Dirk Pretorius, John Sampson, and Polly Walshe, to the Society. Congratulations.

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Scrapbook of Walter Tyrwhitt, OAS founder and watercolourist

A couple of years ago the Oxford Art Society took into it’s possession a scrapbook which was originally owned and compiled by Walter Tyrwhitt, one of the founders of the society.  The book was found by honorary OAS member Rona while researching the history of the society.  It was part of an estate sale at Chiswick Auctions and, luckily for us, the auction had passed and the book hadn’t sold.  Rona purchased the book and kindly offered it to the society.

Among many fascinating pieces of information documenting the life of Tyrwhitt it contains reviews of Oxford Art Society exhibitions from the 19th and 20th century. Although yellowing and starting to fade, they capture a slice of the society’s past and also late 19th century/early 20th century ideas of taste and culture. A few of the pages and images from the scrapbook are reproduced below.

Tyrwhitt, a pupil of Radley College and alumnus of Christ Church, Oxford, was himself was an accomplished watercolourist and frequently exhibited his works in Society exhibitions and at the Royal Academy. He travelled widely in the Middle East, capturing the architecture and local scenes in bright, colourful watercolours. He was married to the painter and draughtsman, and friend of Gwen and Augustus John, Ursula Tyrwhitt.

The article below from The Magazine of Art, 1898, illustrates our historic relationship with the Town Hall, Oxford.

The Magazine of Art, February 1898

Below is a photo from the Oxford Journal showing a fine use of space from the Oxford Art Society hanging committee of 1909!

Oxford Journal, 23rd November 1909

The following page shows an interesting selection of clippings reviewing the 1910 exhibition, including an article from The Oxford Times (top right) berating the public and the city for it’s poor support of the society.

A selection of clippings from 1910

In the Oxford Chronicle article below (top left) the society’s annual report of last year’s exhibition is recorded, which notes “The Private View was crowded, and 900 visitors paid for admission, which is satisfactory“.

The 1923 exhibition certainly brightened up one reviewer’s “gloomy afternoon” as described in another article from the Oxford Chronicle (bottom right), who goes on to suggest a reason for the popularity of watercolour –

We English are a practical cleanly, travelling race. Can its real attraction lie in its comparative cleanness and the ease with which it can be carried. A young lady need never appear like Tweedledum or Tweedledee prepared for battle when she starts on a sketching trip.

More clippings, this time from 1923

1925 and the hanging committee haven’t lost their mastery of wall space.

Oxford Journal, October 18th 1925

The picture below shows Walter himself (right) at the Ashmolean alongside fellow society members, enjoying the Private View from 1930.

The Oxford Mail, 23rd October 1930

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Art at the theatre – OAS exhibits at Oxford Playhouse

Philip Vainker – Pantomime Dame and Dresser

It is Oxford Playhouse’ 80th birthday and OAS were invited to exhibit theatre themed artworks. Do pop in top visit!

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OAS Open Exhibition 2018

Philip Mould OBE and chairman Lucy Stopford at the opening of the Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition 2018

 

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