Modern Art Oxford is changing…

01.03.2010 : Kirsty Kelso

New gallery spaces. New website. New outdoor café. New shop. New late night opening. New commissions by Johanna Billing, Maria Pask & Richard Woods.

Modern Art Oxford is closed to the public from 8 March and we will be shut for six weeks. We re-open on 17 April and, as the weeks unfold, there will be a total of three brand new commissions by three different artists in our newly configured gallery spaces.


Outside, our old delivery yard is being transformed by artist Richard Woods with architects dRMM into a new art and social space for Oxford city centre. Here, you will find our new café, but don't worry it moves back indoors when the weather turns nasty.  Renowned for his signature architectural interventions and transformations, Richard Woods' work includes a new artwork for the yard façade, a wall painting, table-tops, lighting and even aprons for the staff.

Walking through the yard you will come through a new, level entrance into a new reception and shop area. Stay and browse the Modern Art Oxford publications, the best selection of contemporary art books in Oxford and, not forgetting, a unique range of merchandise designed by Richard Woods.

Upstairs, the Upper Galleries have not changed. Here, Swedish artist Johanna Billing presents a large-scale film-work ‘I’m Lost Without Your Rhythm’, which is the second of a series of new commissions organised by Modern Art Oxford, Camden Arts Centre and Arnolfini, Bristol.

In the newly configured ground-floor gallery, Amsterdam-based artist Maria Pask presents her film-work, ‘Déjà vu’ commissioned by Modern Art Oxford as part of our on-going Art in Rose Hill programme.  The film is inspired by Rose Hill Roundabout, a community newsletter produced in Rose Hill, a housing estate in East Oxford, from the 1950s to the 1960s. Filmed on location in Rose Hill, it stars local people, who helped to develop the film, alongside professional actors.

Come and explore the new spaces and enjoy the new commissions. We look forward to hearing your comments and hope you will take the opportunity to experience Modern Art Oxford - and the work of these exciting artists - in new ways.

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