Member’s Exhibition 2024 selected work

Selection for the Members’ Exhibition 2024 is complete. Please see OAS Exhibitions page for the list of selected USNs.

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Young Artists’ Open Exhibition 2023


OAS Open exhibition 2023 News

OAS is happy to announce the news that the Open Exhibition 2023 is currently on exhibition (online) from the 1-30 September 2023 The Young Artists Competition 2023 is open for submission on the 1 Oct until the 22nd Oct. Click on posters below for more detail.


OAS Open Exhibition & Young Artists Competition 2022: Now open for entries

OAS is happy to announce the news that the Open Exhibition 2022 and the Young Artists Competition 2022 are now open for entry.

You may find details of the two competitions here.

Open to members and non-members alike, participants must enter first via the online forms: (Open Exhibition; Young Artists) and then by following the instructions regarding Submissions.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!


OAS Member Andrea Bates raises £3000 for Ukraine’s Humanitarian effort

We are extremely proud to share the news that one of our own, Andrea Bates, has triumphed yet again in her #ArtistsWithUkraine project.

Pictured below alongside her work, Andrea who has been a member since 1974, exhibited work in her own converted barn gallery in Enstone in May and managed to raise about £3000 in aid of Ukraine by selling unmounted prints and unframed oils alongside her leading exhibition. She tells us that the visiting public responded well and she was able to forward £3000 to the DEC, specifically for Ukraine.

Her exhibition will still be up for the rest of the summer and she encourages people to come and visit her studio, although do ring first (01608-677231) so she can be there to welcome you and show you around. Her studio/gallery is at Hillside, Oxford Road, Enstone, OX7 4NE, opposite the Artyard pub (formerly known as the Harrow), with parking in the side road or the pub car park.

Thank you so much, Andrea, we look forward to hearing from you about how the rest of the exhibition has gone!

Andrea Bates, pictured here alongside her stunning artwork which has raised in excess of £3000 for Ukraine

Art by Pip Shuckburgh selected for RA’s Summer Exhibition

We are delighted to share the news that one of our own, Pip Shuckburgh has had artwork selected for the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.

Her painting ‘Skip Diver’ (featured below) is a beautiful oil painting showing a swimmer preparing to dive into a skip containing items such as a bathtub, ladder, and lampshade in front of them.

Skip Diver – Pip Shuckburgh (oil on canvas)

Comical, colourful, and bizarre, we absolutely love this and our congratulations go to Pip.

The Royal Academy exhibition which runs from 21 June — 21 August 2022

Tickets can be booked at the following link:


OAS’s Ruth Swain selected as a finalist for ‘Holly Bush Emerging Women Painter’ and ‘The Signature Art Prize’ 2022.

Ruth Swain, OAS member, has been recognised as a finalist for the Painting Category in the Signature Art Prize with her painting “The Perks of being a Teenager” (Below), details of which are available to view here.

She also remains a candidate for the People’s Choice Award, the finalists of which are due to be announced on the 26th of May. Those wishing to submit a vote, can do so via a ‘like’ on the Signature Art Prize Instagram and Facebook Accounts, here and here.

The Prize Winners will be announced at the Signature Art Prize Gala in June 2022.

Further, she has been selected as a finalist for The Holly Bush Emerging Women Painter prize with “That sinking feeling” (Oil on Board, below). Details here.

This selection comes one year after placing as a runner up with “Head in a book”.
The winner is to be announced at the Private View at Lauderdale House in Highgate on June 8th. The gallery will be open after that date for the exhibition until 4th July.


A Light in the Heart – Celia Montague

A Light in the Heart, an exhibition by Celia Montague is currently on at the Cricket Fine Art Gallery, in Chelsea (Details below). With a catalogue foreword by Craig Raine, the exhibition features landscape paintings of part of Venice, Oxford, and the Cotswolds.

Nocturne, Venice – Oil on gessoed wooden panel
Leafy Sant’Elena, Oil on Canvas
Harry’s Dolci Closes For Winter, Oil on Canvas

The exhibition runs from the 11th to the 27th of May.

The gallery address is: Cricket Fine Art, 2 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0AD

For more information, please see here.


The Tenth Jericho Lecture – Thinking Drawing

10 May 2022. Alan Franklin – Artist and Trustee of Sunningwell School of Art. His talk will reference his own work, ideas, thoughts and opinions he has developed over years of teaching and thinking about drawing.

St Barnabas Church, Cardigan Street, Jericho, Oxford OX2 6BG.

Tuesday 10 May 2022 at 7.30pm. Admission is free. Refreshments available from 7pm.
Donations welcome.

Awards News

Contemporary British Portrait Painters (CBPP) 2022


Department Store, Brixton, SW98FR

11th-18th June 2022

OAS Members: Lucy Stopford (Above), Tom Croft BEM, and Mark Draisey have got work in this prestigious exhibition.


OASA Lecture – Jacqueline Thalmann

‘When Art came to Oxford, Christ Church Picture gallery, Britain’s first public Art Museum’

Monday 9 May, 5.30 The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean, and online via Eventbrite


Thank you Harriet and your team

Harriet Eagle – Exhibitions manager, receiving a beautiful bouquet presented by Lucy Stopford, Chairman

The exhibition has been flawlessley planned, promoted, advertised, curated and hung.

Well done Harriet and Lucy.

Many thanks to Harriet for steering the ship; to Emma Davis for her flyer design and help with curating; to Sarah Spackman for helping with the curating and hanging; to Ruth Swain and Lin Kerr for publicity through social media and local rags.

Thanks also of course to our Chairman, Lucy Stopford for finding the venue and inviting such a prestigious guest speaker, Jeremy Mogford. This is indeed a team effort!

Thank you also to all the other members of Oxford Art Society who have contributed by turning up on the day, helping carry, hang work, invigilate, serve drinks and the countless tasks that make an event successful.