The Oxford Art Society was formed in 1891 at the instigation of Walter Tyrwhitt who wished to encourage Art in the City and in the University. The first president was Hubert von Herkomer, RA, who had succeeded John Ruskin as the Slade Professor of Fine Art in Oxford.
The Society has held an annual exhibition except for six years during World War II. Since 1972 the Society has held two exhibitions each year – a Members’ Exhibition and an Open Exhibition. It is from the artists showing in the Open Exhibition that new members are invited to join the Society.
Our AGM is usually near the beginning of the year.
The Young Artist Competition and the Open Exhibition are from 21 August – 8 September 2021. Entries are by digital submission and the deadline is 12th August. Hand-in is on the 15th August. There will be a juried selection. Artists living within a 50 mile radius of Oxford may enter.