Students will pop up at OVADA with scientific art exhibition

Wednesday, 03 February 2016

Laboratorium logo

Foundation Art and Design students will ‘pop-up’ and exhibit new work at OVADA from Saturday 6 February.

The exhibition, titled ‘Laboratorium’ is the finale of a project exploring the unique collection held at the Museum of the History of Science (MHS), Oxford. Approximately 40 Fine Art and 3D Design students studying at the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University have been working on the project and have been involved in a number of visits to the Museum and OVADA. Lucy Phillips, Art Coordinator at OVADA and Chris Parkin, Lead Education Officer at MHS will select work to be exhibited at the gallery.

For many of our students this will be their first 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 who have also taken on a role in the Exhibition Planning Group.

Dr Myfanwy Johns, Project Leader and Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University

Project Leader and Senior Lecturer from the School of Arts Dr Myfanwy Johns said: “For many of our students this will be their first 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 who have also taken on a role in the Exhibition Planning Group. It is an opportunity to learn the processes involved in putting on an exhibition as a professional artist and designer.”

Foundation Art and Design student Paola Rafaella Kossakowska said: “Everyone that is participating in ‘Laboratorium’ has come up with intriguing pieces, from installations representing the composition of elements to odd prints and sculptures to performance pieces.”

The theme of the exhibition will take in all aspects of the MHS which includes an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford. 

Jason Roy 'Drop'

Chris Parkin, Lead Educational Officer at MHS said: “It has been a real pleasure to see such an enthusiastic response to the Museum’s collection and the inspiration these students have derived from the material culture of science. Their commitment and hard word has produced an extraordinary range of responses.”

The students have also carefully considered the idea of OVADA as a type of laboratory; a place providing opportunity for experimentation, observation or practice. 

Lucy Phillips, Art Coordinator at OVADA said: “We are delighted to host artwork by the Foundation students for the second year running. I am excited to see how the MHS collection has sparked their imagination and prompted the realisation of ideas to be exhibited in our unique warehouse space.” 

Seb Chaumeton work in progress

Last year students successfully exhibited at OVADA and this is the seventh year the Art and Design Foundation Course have created a ‘live’ offsite exhibition. Previously students have exhibited at the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Museum of History of Science itself.

The exhibition will run at OVADA, 14A Osney Lane, Oxford until 9 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.