Arts Guide to Oxford

Project Leader

A project to make information about art opportunities at the university more widely available to students.

Note from the Author

Oxford University is a wonderful place - and this is coming from someone who (like many it seems) had a challenging first year. My 18-year-old self came to Oxford expecting it to be a magical land where everything I wanted to do would be put on a silver tray for me to enjoy. I was very wrong. Oxford is wonderful not because things are given to you, but because you can make things happen. What is given is opportunity, and there is no silver tray.

I was thoroughly disappointed by the lack of a well-established Art society when I started my first term. My plan had been to put all my energy into art at university and find refuge in it. But the reality hit hard - there was “no art” in Oxford, and so I spent a miserable first year doodling in my room. I lacked information and perhaps motivation. 

In reality this was far from the case. While I was a fresher, OxArt, the first uni-wide Art society, was founded. After my year abroad, I decided to take part in the committee and became co president. I also started illustrating for student magazines, and my time in Oxford has been full of art and extremely fulfilling. There are plenty of other art opportunities around campus, if one is willing to look for them. This guide is an attempt to compile all the art opportunities which might interest the artistically-inclined students, or those who are thinking of including more art in their lives, so that they can make the best of their time at uni. I hope you find it useful. -  Written by Eloise Fabre 

Thank you to: Oxford SU, Bronwyn Riani, Lucy Li Chenhui, Elliott Rose, Richard Wagner