Forthcoming Events at O3 Gallery

Forthcoming Events


CRAFT: Counterpoints in Contemporary Making

Exhibition Preview

Friday 1st May 2015, 6-8pm    

At a time when knitting circles spring up in the most unlikely of places and techniques such as upholstery, carving and stitching emblematise contemporary ‘cool’, O3 Gallery presents an exhibition to explore how this reclaiming of traditional craft, by popular culture, has ‘woven’ its way into the ‘art world’.  Join us for a glass of wine at the gallery for the exhibition preview on Friday 1st May between 6 and 8pm.

Alex Walker

Performance: Alex Walker ‘Human Bowl’

1st – 10th May (open during gallery hours)
Free event 

“In this performance I will spend 10 days working, using only my body as a tool to create my biggest live sculpture to date”
Recent Oxford Brookes University graduate Alex Walker will present a durational performance across the first 10 days of the O3 Gallery’s exhibition CRAFT: Counterpoints in Contemporary Making. Visitors can watch each day as she builds a human-sized clay bowl within the gallery space, physically immersing herself in her craft.

Alex says: “This will be the 3rd and possibly the final time that I will reproduce this work, a piece that is nothing more than a simple ode to the beauty found in the experience of making. I am not making an object, I am simply making time to create. There is no final product that can have the value and simplicity of time spent, time enjoyed, time creating.”

Alex will break down her work on Sunday 10th May.

Alex Walker

Shopping event: ‘Just In Case’ A sale of art objects from within a suitcase

Saturday 2nd May, 11am-4pm    

O3 Gallery has brought together a hand-picked selection of Oxfordshire-based artists and makers to sell their Art Objects outside the gallery on Saturday 2nd May. The challenge for the makers is that all their products must fit inside a suitcase to present a ‘mini-contemporary craft fair’ lining the gallery’s exterior walkway. Come on down to meet the makers and support Oxfordshire’s creative folk!

Alex Walker

CRAFT: a celebration of traditional craft techniques

Tuesday 12 May, 11.30-15.00
Pitt Rivers Museum

To coincide with the O3 Gallery’s CRAFT: Counterpoints in Contemporary Making exhibition , join Pitt Rivers for a day of free activities related to traditional crafts. From 11.30+13.30 handle craft objects from around the world and watch a screening of rare archival footage, exploring crafts from India and Nigeria. At 14.30 join a curator-led tour of cases that have recently been redisplayed as art of the VERVE : Need Make Use project. These cases feature objects related to working with wood – masks, figurative sculpture and headrests – and leather. No need to book but come along early to join the tour as space is limited.

Tortie Hoare

Crafty Networking Event

Tortie Hoare

Thursday 14 May 2015, 18.00-20.00    

Join us for a tour of the new leatherworking displays and listen to leatherworker Tortie Hoare discuss her craft, inspirations and the development of her business. Tortie works in leather, wood and fabric, creating beautiful stripped back designs. She has taken inspiration from the Pitt Rivers collections and uses historical techniques that you’ll see mirrored in many of the objects on display.

Tortie Hoare

Oxford Art Prize

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015

As part of the inaugural Oxford Art Prize, on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015 artists are invited to bring their own sketchbooks, paper, boards and canvases to a previously allocated location within Oxford and then work ‘en plein air’ creating a flurry of visible artistic activity across the city.
Please note: To take part in this event it is essential to register by midnight on 8th May 2015. Click here for more details.

Oxford Art Prize

Lewis Carroll the Surrealist: exploring the Wonderland of the unconscious mind
A talk by Mark Richards

Saturday 11th July 2015. 4-5pm    

In the 19th Century, Lewis Carroll explored the themes of dreams, unconscious thoughts and madness just as the Surrealists did in the mid 20th Century. Might we, then, regard the Oxford clergyman who wrote the Alice books as, himself, a “surrealist” and to what extent were the poets, writers and painters of the group influenced or inspired by his work. Mark Richards explores this thought-provoking subject in a very visual and lively presentation, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Image by Adriana Peliano.

Adriana Peliano

Crafty Networking Event

Out of the Dark – Jay Blades

Thursday 30 July 2015, 18.00-20.00    

Out of the Dark’s Director, Jay Blades, joins us to discuss the importance of getting new generations involved in traditional crafts, and the transformative effect that such involvement can have on young people’s prospects. OTD is a charitable social enterprise repurposing disgarded objects and giving them a modern twist while in the process, training, educating and employing young people form disadvantaged backgrounds. Jay will discuss how OTD founders set up the project and have built the support needed to allow it to continue and flourish.

Jay Blades

Crafty Networking

Thursday 26 November 2015, 18.00-20.00    

Join us at the O3 Gallery in Oxford Castle Quarter for the last Crafty networking event of 2015. We’ll be looking at digital promotion for small craft businesses and how blogging can be used to build your business.

Crafty Networking at O3 Gallery

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