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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
Oxford Art Society

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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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Barbara Gorayska OAS – paintings on permanent display in Oxford

Two of Barbara Gorayska’s paintings will now be on permanent display in Oxford.

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“Memento Mori” (oil on canvas, 70 x 50c, 2016), was commissioned for the “Sweete Wittie Souls” book by author and Oxford Shakespeare jubilee director Tom McDonnell. This was purchased by The Kings Arms, Oxford, where it will be on permanent, prominent display from early 2017.

BGorayska Chagallesque

“Chagallesque” (oil on canvas, 70 x 120 cm 2009), is on display at the office of the Human Centred Computing research group, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford.

If you want to contact Barbara or learn more about the artist and her intriguing work please visit her website –

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Jericho Artweeks Lecture 2016

The Artist in the Museum

The Oxford Art Society was very pleased to present for the first time, the Jericho Artweek Lecture, sponsored by The Oxford University Press. It was held on a wet and miserable Tuesday evening the 10th May. In spite of the weather, it was a full house at St Barnabas Church that greeted Dr Alexander Sturgis the Director of the Ashmolean Museum.

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The title of the lecture was “The Artist in the Museum” Dr. Sturgis was introduced by our own President Johannes von Stumm. Dr Sturgis presented us with a most interesting, illustrated talk, looking at the way artists interact and react with works of art in museums and how museums engage with contemporary artists and what can emerge from the encounter.

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Johannes von Stumm and Dr Alexander Sturgis

The Ashmolean has a long track record of doing just that. Now coming to the end is an exhibition featuring Elizabeth Price who has created work by looking at the collections and archive material in the Ashmolean and the Pitt Rivers. “Beyond the Balcony” artists Brook and Black have worked with two local community groups MIND and Young Dementia to explore and reinterpret Manet’s ‘Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus’. Other examples he gave were, of Picasso’s interpretations of Las Meniñas and the work of Paula Rego whilst she was artist in residence at the National. The insight he gave us in the way in which museums work with artists was most informative.

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All in all it was a most enjoyable evening Dr Sturgis has set the bar high for future Jericho Artweek Lectures. The Oxford Art Society looks forward to presenting next year’s Lecture. Our thanks go to Lucy Stopford, Jane Hope and Anna Nicholson for organising this most successful event.

Peter Farley, Chairman of the Oxford Art Society


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Oxford Art Society Members Exhibition 2016 – Woodstock

The Oxford Art Society Members Exhibition was officially opened on Saturday by Councillor Elizabeth Poskitt the Town Mayor of Woodstock.  This year sees the society return to the Oxfordshire Museum which is set in a lovely 18th Century House in the centre of Woodstock – well worth a visit itself.

Below are some photos from the exhibition to wet your appetite.  The exhibition is now on until 17th April (see below for opening times) so there is plenty of time to make a trip to Woodstock to enjoy a wonderful of exhibition of paintings, printmaking, collage and sculpture.  Most of the items on show are for sale so you also have the chance of purchasing a beautiful piece of original art work by a local artist.

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Councillor Elizabeth Poskitt opening the exhibition.

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Peter Farley (OAS chairman) with Molly Barlow (exhibitions co-ordinator) putting her final touches to the display.

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Ceramicist, Crabby Taylor, adjusting one of her beautiful hand built pots.


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OAS welcomes new members

A meeting was held at the Bear and Ragged Staff in Cumnor where the new members were welcomed in to the Society by the Chairman and members of the Committee. We all enjoyed tea and cakes in the cosy snug bar and a chance to get to know each other. The new members are Alan Biggs, Andrew Brady, Toddy Hoare, Wendy Hughes, Sally Levell, Mandy Selhurst, Liz Milburn and Robert Strange. We look forward to their active participation in the Society as well as enjoying their work in our exhibitions.

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Johannes von Stumm, OAS President, in Japan and China

Johannes von Stumm, the president of the Oxford Art Society, has been busy working towards a couple of exhibitions in Kyoto, Japan this winter.  He’ll be showing work at the Japan Art Forum (JARFO) gallery ( and the Dohjidai Gallery of Art ( Both exhibitions run until the 1st December.

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‘Floating Stone’
60 cm high, granite and glass

Also, Johannes’ sculpture ‘Mother and Son, Father and Daughter’ has been enlarged for the Changsha Sculpture Park in China.

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‘Mother and Son, Father and Daughter’
Five meters high in stainless steel.

More information about Johannes and images of his work can be found on his website

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Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition 2015

Following the tremendous success of last year’s OAS Open Exhibition, the 2015 Open took place again in the lovely surroundings of the Cloister Gallery at St John Evangelist Church, Oxford, where a fabulous mixture of high quality art work was on display.

The society was delighted to welcome Dr Alexander Sturgis, the Director of the Ashmolean Museum, to the private view, who formally opened the exhibition with great enthusiasm.069

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Oxford Art Society Members Exhibition 2015

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Mohammed Abbasi, opened the latest members exhibition in the Town Hall, Oxford.  A fantastic selection of members work including painting, sculpture, printmaking and more.

The show runs from Saturday 14th February to Saturday 14th March
Open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday

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Peter Farley, OAS Chairman, with The Lord Mayor, Mohammed Abbasi

Below are a few photos of guests enjoying the art at the private view.

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Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition 2014

This stunning exhibition was one of the largest exhibitions the Oxford Art Society has mounted, with about 180 works of art on display by members and non-members in an eclectic mix of styles and mediums. There was something for everyone to enjoy including the splendid surroundings of the Cloister Gallery at St John Evangelist Church, Iffley Road.

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Below are a selection of photos from the private view held on Friday 3rd October.  The exhibition was formally opened by sculptor Johannes von Stumm FRBS, newly elected president of the Oxford Art Society

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