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 to be 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 each year except for six years during World War II. Since 1972 the Society has held two exhibitions – a Member’s Exhibition and an Annual Open Exhibition. It is from the Open Exhibition that new members are invited to join the Society.
We hold our AGM in March, usually in conjunction with an OASA lecture.
Open Exhibition Update
Sir Philip Pullman’s selection of winners from our 2020 Young Artist Competition will be available to view here on Saturday 3 October along with an exciting range of artwork, available to purchase from the website, of the highest standard from around the county chosen by guest selector Esther Lafferty of Oxford Artweeks, together with the Oxford Art Society.
Please note that regrettably there will be no physical exhibition hanging in The Cloisters’ Gallery available to visit at St John The Evangelist this year.