O3 Gallery is a unique contemporary art space located in Oxford Castle Quarter that offers the public affordable, original artwork. The gallery is open to the public six days a week throughout the year and has no admission fee. O3 Gallery endeavours to be a friendly and welcoming centre for artistic activity within the historic Oxford Castle site. Achieving this through the delivery of diverse, high quality exhibitions and events related to all aspects of the arts. O3 Gallery exists for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the area.
The O3 Gallery was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in May 2006. The gallery forms part of the old Oxford Prison C-Wing - with high stone walls and blocked-up fireplaces and windows; the O3 Gallery still displays interesting original features from the prison building.
The exhibition space itself is presented as an unusual circular gallery with two sweeping staircases. Fitted with a state of the art lighting and hanging system, flagstone floors and textured stone walls, the Gallery combines contemporary design with the unique heritage of Oxford Prison.
Helen Statham – Director/Curator
Helen graduated with a First Class Honours Fine Art degree from Lancaster University, before moving to Oxford to study her MA in Interdisciplinary Contemporary Arts. Helen has a background in art practise and curating. Prior to joining the O3 Gallery she worked for the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology during their £61 million redevelopment project, and co-presented radio 'culture show', The Hub, for the regional BBC. Helen directs all aspects of the O3 Gallery from sourcing, programming and curating exhibitions, to marketing, income generation and audience development.
Kate Zakrzewska – Gallery and Sales Manager
Kate graduated with a BA/Hons in Textile Design from The Nottingham Trent University before moving to Oxfordshire in 2006. Kate has a background in fashion retail management and visual merchandising and worked as Operations Manager for a niche e-commerce lingerie company for 4 years. Kate is an aspiring artist/maker in her own right. Kate manages all aspects of the day-to-day running of the O3 Gallery and retail space.
Rona – Senior Gallery Assistant
Rona has worked in the O3 Gallery since it's opening in 2006. She is also a practicing artist (oil painting).
Megan Dawkins – Gallery Assistant
Megan graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art: Critical Practice from the University of Brighton before returning to Oxford in 2014. She previously worked as an intern at O3 Gallery for six months in 2011 while studying her Art Foundation Diploma. Megan also works with two local councils assisting with the curation of commissioned public artwork aswell as working at Arts at the Old Fire Station as a Front of House Assistant.
Lauren Greenaway (General Gallery)
Casual Gallery Assistants
Constantine (Lex) Blintzios
A graduate of Oxford Brookes University’s MA in Contemporary Arts & Music, Lex completed an internship at the gallery in 2012. He now helps at gallery events and has curated two KYMMATA sonic art and performance events at the O3 Gallery. Click here to find out more about KYMMATA.