Members' Exhibition News

OAS Members exhibition 2017

The members exhibition this year was opened by Professor Christopher Brown, CBE, now Director Emeritus (of the Ashmolean).

Professor Christopher Brown, CBE and Peter Farley, Chairman of the Oxford Art Society, opening the exhibition

The private view at the Town Hall in Oxford was a great success and as you can see from the photo below we had a crowded house!

You still have time to catch the exhibition as it runs until Sunday 26th of February.  The Town Hall is also hosting the Oxford International Art Fair on the 24th 25th and 26th.  If you make it for the final weekend you’ll be able to enjoy some fabulous works of art provided artists local to oxford and artists from further afield.

We look forward to seeing you there.

OAS member and painter John Somerscales entertaining the crowds at the private view.

Behind the scenes – the hanging committee at work!

OAS Welcomes new members

Earlier this year a merry group of new members gathered to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of The Bear and Ragged Staff pub in Cumnor for the new members tea party. The new members were joined by Peter Farley, the chairman, who formally welcomed them to the society, and then tea drinking, cake eating and much chatting about art ensued.

New members braving the January weather for a group photo
left to right: Cassandra Wall, Maeve Bayton, Caroline Ritson, Kathy Turner
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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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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


Members' Exhibition News

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.



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


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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Members' Exhibition News

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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OAS: ‘A Century of Art in Oxford’

Graeme Salmon, Society Archivist,  has put together an excellent booklet on the 1992 OAS centenary exhibition of key members of the Society during that period at the Museum of Modern Art, (now Modern Art Oxford).

Attached is a web version of the booklet: MOMA-book-reset-for web


Society now on Twitter – sign up and get involved

I’m pleased to announce that the Society is now on Twitter – an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read “tweets”, which are text messages limited to 140 characters. Registered users can read and post tweets but unregistered users can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS, or mobile device.

This is an opportunity for members to get involved with all aspects of the Society and also interact with events, fellow artists, exhibitions and shows in and around Oxford.

It’s easy to sign up to create an account and start tweeting, here is the link: