Student art exhibition is inspired by Ashmolean artefacts

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

OVADA-exhibition

Foundation Art and Design students at Oxford Brookes have been inspired by the collections at the Ashmolean Museum and will show their work at a four-day pop up exhibition at OVADA beginning on Friday 10 February.

The exhibition, entitled Artefact is the finale of a two-month project which creatively explored the collections of art and architecture found in the world-famous Oxford museum.

The whole experience is invaluable to the students, who have not only worked extremely hard to produce work, but have also taken on planning the exhibition itself. It is an opportunity to learn the processes involved in putting on an exhibition as a professional artist and designer.

Dr Myfanwy Johns, Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts, Oxford Brookes University

The students have been involved in a number of visits to the Ashmolean and OVADA over the past few weeks and have made work which will be selected by Lucy Phillips, Art Coordinator at OVADA, Miranda Millward, Arts Award Officer and Clare Cory, Education Officer at the Ashmolean. 

Project Leader and Senior Lecturer from the School of Arts Dr Myfanwy Johns said: “For many of our students, this will be the first time they have had an opportunity to publicly exhibit their work.

“The whole experience is invaluable to the students, who have not only worked extremely hard to produce work, but have also taken on planning the exhibition itself. It is an opportunity to learn the processes involved in putting on an exhibition as a professional artist and designer.

Foundation Art exhibition OVADAThe projects theme is Crossing cultures, crossing time which was intended to reflect the connection the students would have with individual pieces in the museum, as well as reflecting the Ashmolean’s diverse range of collections which represent most of the world’s great civilisations. 

Student Miranda Cattermole said: “We seek to create a dialogue between these objects and contemporary art practice. Artefact will showcase the very best reflections and interpretations of the collection.”

“This project celebrates an interdisciplinary approach to Fine Art,” added student Henry Glover, “We have discovered interesting facets of cultures and times from all over the globe, which are dynamic stimuli for our art. Without the Ashmolean’s information and resources, this project would not have been possible.”

Last year student successfully exhibited at OVADA and this is the eighth year the Art and Design Foundation course has created a ‘live’, off-site exhibition. 

The exhibition will run at OVADA, 14A Osney Lane, Oxford between 10 – 14 February. For opening times and directions visit the OVADA website.

Information about the Foundation Art and Design course can be found on the School of Arts webpages.

Edd Birchmore artwork