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Selected local artists will show work on the theme of 'Alternative Oxford'. This open competition gave artists the chance to submit artwork that contributes to the idea of opening up unseen areas of Oxford, or is an innovative take on a traditional view. The twenty selected participants showing work in the exhibition live in the county and each artist has been asked to submit just one piece of work each. Every exhibit has it’s own unique story to tell and accompanying literature will add insight to the visual clues. We hope this exhibition will be a striking view of the city through the eyes of our artistic community.

Selected work includes a wide range of media. Abstract paintings are juxtaposed with documentary photographs. Non-historic buildings take centre stage alongside more familiar architecture, but depicted in an original medium. Established and emerging artists alike display streetscapes, waterways and objects of personal significance. A bicycle, a bus-stop, a tropical plant and an angel are just some of those objects represented. Human activity is not forgotten here however, and Oxford’s inhabitants appear among the scenery. Themes of loss, isolation, awe, mirth and even confusion can be found in these depictions.

Oxford has a rich cultural heritage but many visitors to the city do not see beyond the dreaming spires. While we do not claim to offer a comprehensive guide to Oxford beyond the traditional tourist leaflet, ‘Alternative Oxford’ does offer glimpses of hidden landscapes as well as fresh perspectives. The artists in this show give their own interpretations of the city, personal visual accounts of their surroundings.

Participating Artists: Paul Anand, Jon Brett, Thomas Capon, John Day, Laura Degenhardt, Sarah Farrow, Michele Field, Steve Gold, Jane Hope, Nicola Jenkin, Brian McAloon, Sarah Moncrieff, Jane O'Brien, Karrine Powell, Rona, Stuart Roper, Tim Steward, Hilary Wells, Helen C White, Linda Wride.

Admission is free to the public and the event will be suitable for all ages. All work will be for sale.

The exhibition will coincide with other related events in Oxfordshire such as Oxford Open Doors 2008, organised by Oxford Preservation Trust in partnership with Oxford University. Oxford Open Doors aims to encourage local people to explore and understand more about – and most of all – enjoy the rich local history of our fascinating city. Over the weekend of the 13th and 14th of September, as part of Heritage Open Days, Oxford’s most interesting cultural venues and heritage institutions will throw open their doors with trails, activities, guided tours and more.

Please see the following sites for more details :

During this exhibition we will also be showcasing the work of Barbaresi & Round.

Barbaresi & Round have been working on a correspondence between Oxford and Paris. They have been particularly focussing on the edges of the cities and parts that are not normally represented to or by tourists. Working with postcards as the most obvious, numerous and ubiquitous of souvenirs, Barbaresi & Round have subverted the form by introducing unexpected imagery from the peripheries of Oxford and Paris. The correspondence is forming the basis of solo shows at Ovada in Oxford and Lagalerie in Paris, which are planned for Spring 2009. To read more about Barbaresi & Round's ideas and journeys see barbaresiandround.blogspot.com and www.barbaresiandround.com

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