Spectacular photography exhibitions to display at Oxford Brookes

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Photography Oxford '14 logo

Oxford Brookes University is to host three inspirational exhibitions as part of Photography Oxford 2014.

This includes the prestigious World Press Photo 2014 exhibition which will make its UK debut in the University’s Glass Tank exhibition space.

For three weeks (14 September - 5 October), Oxford will be a beacon for world-class photography in the first new international festival of its type in the UK for many years.

The three exhibitions taking place at Oxford Brookes’ Headington Campus will be:

World Press Photo 2014

World Press Photo 2014

Glass Tank exhibition space, Abercrombie Building

World Press Photo is the world’s leading contest for professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers. For over 55 years the World Press Photo contest has encouraged the highest standards in photojournalism. Every year following the contest the winning images go on tour, taking in approximately 100 cities in 45 countries.

On Solid Ground, from Panos Pictures

On Solid Ground from Panos Pictures

Central courtyard outside the Glass Tank

On Solid Ground will tell the stories of those starting afresh in unfamiliar cities, rebuilding homes they were forced to abandon decades before, or embracing new means of survival in the face of crisis. The exhibition is the result of a partnership between the International Rescue Committee and the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department. The exhibition will display the work of seven Panos Pictures photographers who asked refugees and survivors of disaster in seven communities across the globe what home means to them.

Home, the people's project


The Piazza leading up to the John Henry Brookes Building

Oxford Brookes’ new Piazza will be the setting for an outreach community project led by students and staff from the University. The exhibition will pose the question of how people interpret the idea of ‘Home’ and how it can be represented photographically. A series of workshops, online projects and work with the local media will encourage the multi-cultural communities of Oxfordshire to engage with the often sensitive and complex emotions underlying the idea of home.

It is a real honour to be involved in the inaugural Photography Oxford festival and for Oxford Brookes to be hosting three major exhibitions of this scale and quality.

Dr Joanna Walker, Gallery Manager and Exhibitions Curator

Dr Joanna Walker, Gallery Manager and Exhibitions Curator, commented: “Oxford Brookes will display three spectacular exhibitions as part of Photography Oxford 2014.

“Hosting World Press Photo 2014 is a real coup for the University as it is an internationally renowned exhibition. It showcases the creativity in the profession of photojournalism and it has a broad appeal, forming an eyewitness record of world events from the previous year.

“Our two outdoor exhibitions, On Solid Ground and Home, will engage audiences with images that challenge our conception of what ‘Home’ is, as the place where we live and to which we feel we belong. It is a real honour to be involved in the inaugural Photography Oxford festival and for Oxford Brookes to be hosting three major exhibitions of this scale and quality.”

Photography Oxford 2014, which will be launched by Minister of Culture Ed Vaizey, will feature free exhibitions of world-class photography complemented by a programme of talks, debates, workshops, films and competitions.

A lecture from photographer and artist Peter Kennard will be held at Oxford Brookes’ Lecture Theatre in the John Henry Brookes Building during the festival (6.00pm, Saturday 27 September).

Peter has consistently challenged power structures and injustices, from his anti-nuclear works of the 1980s to the powerful images he created in response to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He will discuss the content of his most recent book @earth which brings together 40 years of images, from the Vietnam war in 1968 to the present day.

Further information is available on the Photography Oxford Festival ’14 website at www.photographyoxford.co.uk.

On the weekend of the launch we are also opening up the new John Henry Brookes Building to the local community as part of the Oxford Preservation Trust's Open Doors weekend, with all sorts of activities to get involved in - you can find out more about what's going on here

The exciting weekend is just the start, with our 150th anniversary next year we are planning a whole host of interesting and awe-inspiring activities and events, be sure to watch this space!

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