Where to learn and make art (art groups)





Although it can sometimes feel like one’s degree leaves no time for art (unless you are studying Fine Arts of course), taking out the old pencil or paints can be a great way to relieve stress during term time. Whether you are a stickman-drawer, an aspiring artist, or if you feel like meeting fellow art-practitioners, there are plenty of groups where you can unleash your creative spirit. Most societies have a facebook page where they will post about events. College JCR Art pages can also be a great source of information. Here is a (non-extensive) list of a few societies.


Oxford Uni Arts Hub

This page is the main hub for art/poetry/drama events across campus. It’s run independently from any society so it has a bit of everything, and it gives great insight as to what’s going on right now in the university.  It has 1,000+ members, and dozens of events and opportunities are shared on it every week, especially calls for participation in zines, poetry and art competitions, plays… 
It’s very laid back and accepts most posts, so don’t hesitate to check it out or even write your own post if you want to start something :) 


Oxford University Fine Arts Society (OxArt)



OxArt is a student-run art society which organises art-related events every week. They do practical workshops, like oil painting sessions, watercolor, digital art, sketching outside, etc, and occasionally have speaker events and guest artists/teachers, too.  Membership is £5 pounds a term, £15 pounds a year, and £30 pounds lifetime. Most events are free for members and a few pounds for non-members, and include unlimited art supplies depending on the activity. 
The atmosphere is very laid back and friendly, most people come once in a while or just pop in for some events. It’s the most fine-arts-centric society, and definitely worth a check.


Edgar Wind Society (History of Art society)


The Edgar Wind Society is the society for History of Art, open to anyone who’s interested in art and culture. They hold weekly events which include welcome drinks, practical art sessions, exhibition tours (often around the Ashmolean Museum and Modern Art Oxford), as well as talks from artists and experts.  Membership is £5 for a term, £15 for a year, £35 for a lifetime — although most of their events are only a few pounds for non-members (or sometimes free). 
All their events are very relaxed, and they're a friendly bunch - great for meeting new people with similar interests. They also have a yearly art zine, Oculus, to which you can pitch and that features art by Oxford students. 
A great society for art lovers in general.



Oxford University Photography Society (OUPS)

The Oxford University Photography Society organises photography events every week, including socials, beginner-friendly sessions, tutored lessons, photography sharing sessions, etc. The committee is very friendly, passionate about what they do, and always keen to help beginners. They also have a bunch of photography equipment that you can borrow! Membership is £10 for a term, £20 for a year, and £30 lifetime, and classes are free for everyone in Michaelmas term so pop in and have a try!

Oxford University Filmmaking Foundation (OUFF)



OUFF is the university’s filmmaking society - you can bid a film project to them and find team members to make your project a reality! They’ll advise you, provide financial assistance, and you can rent out material from them too. They also host guest talks and panels and other film-related events all year.


Oxford wildlife photography and filmmaking society (OWPF)

A brand new society for those who want to get out there and capture the beauty of nature! They run weekly events and organise competitions.


Oxford Doodle club

Non-university run club, meets up and draws in museums etc. Friendly community, relaxed and open to all types of art (more comic-book style friendly than other societies).


If you can’t find what you’re interested in don’t hesitate to start something yourself. You can contact Oxford SU, one of the art-related societies, or talk to your college arts rep for advice on how to get started.