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Student Opportunity to exhibit in Oxford Castle venues as part of Artweeks 2014!

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Exhibition open: 03.05.14 – 01.06.14

Students are invited to apply to exhibit their artwork in the restaurants and cafés at Oxford Castle as part of ARTWEEKS in May 2014! This competition is open to all current students who either originate from or who are studying within Oxfordshire and work within the media of drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture or digital imaging. Supporting each selected student through every stage of the exhibition process, this a fantastic exhibition opportunity for Oxford’s up-and-coming artists.

Download your application form here. Completed application forms must be emailed to with the subject heading 'Student Exhibition Opportunity Artweeks 2014'



Calling All Lo-Fi Photographers!

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O3 Gallery is partnering up with the Old Fire Station and the Jam Factory to host Lo-Fi exhibition, as part of ARTWEEKS, in May 2014.

We are now searching for analogue photography enthusiasts to showcase their talents and creativity in the form of a photomontage or miniature ‘lomo wall’ (size A3-A0). Paying homage to the ‘lomo wall’ as a cultural icon through which creative analogue photography is made manifest, we are inviting photographers to create their own miniature photography walls using their existing photographs which will be displayed on the O3 Gallery walls as part of Lo-Fi exhibition.

Lo-Fi, i.e. 'Low-fidelity', is a recognised term used widely within popular culture to describe photographic practices which embrace low quality exposure and prioritise aesthetic effect over digital accuracy.

We are looking for photomontages (size: A3-A0) made up of imagery which possesses personal style, freedom, and spontaneity, and that are bold, colourful, and unpredictable!

To apply, please email 5 to 10 jpeg images typical of the creative analogue photography* that will make up your photomontage to We look forward to receiving your applications! (Please note: Although it is free to apply, an exhibiting fee of £10 per piece will be applied to all photomontages selected to be included in the exhibition. We function on a not for profit basis and this contribution will go towards the cost of marketing the exhibition. Please read our terms and conditions document before applying.)

*This can include all analogue photographs created on plastic cameras, toy cameras, pinhole cameras, or Polaroids.

The application deadline is Midnight on Saturday 8th March 2014.


O3 Gallery Prize for Contemporary Art Criticism

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Studying at Oxford Brookes or Oxford University?  Looking to showcase your own art writing?
Today the O3 Gallery is launching The O3 Gallery Prize for Contemporary Art Criticism – a platform for students, and aspiring art critics, to showcase their contemporary art writing.

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To enter, students are asked to submit a review of up to 800 words, of an art exhibition which has taken place in Oxfordshire, since August 2013.  Entries will be judged by a panel of three judges working in the contemporary art world, with particular experience and expertise in art criticism.
Joao Phillippe Reid
An Art History postgraduate from University College London, JP has a background in curating and art criticism having worked at a number of galleries and collections in England and Scotland, including Tate Liverpool and O3 Gallery.  JP is a contributor to the US Arts Blog Hyperallergic and co-curated the O3’s 2012 and 2013 summer exhibitions.

Tom Snow
A postgraduate research student and teaching assistant in the History of Art Department at University College London, Tom is a freelance art critic, working and researching in the UK and abroad.  His main interests include 20th and 21st century art writing, particularly the theoretical contexts involving globalization and spatial politics.  He has contributed to Frieze Magazine and Afterall, amongst other contemporary art publications.
Jonathan Powell
Jonathan is a writer and artist living in London. He studied fine art at Camberwell and is the editor of The Flaneur, an arts and culture journal with contributors from around the world. He thinks the world might be a better place if cricket was compulsory, the National Gallery let visitors borrow works like a library and everyone spoke Italian.
The O3 favours writing which is creative, original and forward-thinking, and that shows a flair for developing and expressing an artistic point of view.  Students are invited to enter regardless of previous experience in writing art criticism.
The author of the winning entry will have their submission piece published on the O3 Gallery website and their work promoted by the gallery.  In addition, the winner will also be invited to write a further piece of critical writing for publication on contemporary online arts and culture journal, The Flaneur.
Deadline for submissions: 17th February 2014

Click here to download your entry form

Please submit entries to

Click here to read our 'Guidelines on writing Art Criticism'.

Good luck!


Job Opportunity: Gallery and Sales Manager

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O3 Gallery is currently recruiting a Gallery and Sales Manager. The Gallery and Sales Manager will have responsibility for the day-to-day management of the O3 Gallery, set in the heart of Oxford Castle Quarter. A high quality, contemporary art space, the O3 is dedicated to offering the public affordable, original artwork and providing selling opportunities for artists and designers. The O3 Gallery is a centre for artistic activity within Oxford City, achieved through the delivery of varied and high quality exhibitions and events related to all aspects of the arts, created for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the area. The O3 space is of the highest quality and presented as an unusual circular gallery on two half levels. Fitted with state of the art lighting and hanging systems, flagstone floors and painted stone walls, the Gallery combines contemporary design with the unique heritage of Oxford Castle. The Gallery and Sales Manager will be responsible for all sales, initial enquiries, administrative aspects of the artistic programme, marketing, the installation of exhibitions, and the planning and delivery of events, whilst working in close contact with the O3 Gallery Director.

This post would suit a willing, reliable, flexible and enthusiastic person with administrative and retail experience who sees this position as an opportunity to play an important role in the development of a regional art gallery, widen their knowledge in the sector and establish their career in the visual arts. Click here for full job description.

Please fill in and return the application form along with a CV detailing any other experience and a covering letter to Helen Statham, O3 Gallery Director, at

Applications will be accepted no later than Friday 24th January at 12 noon.

Interviews are expected to take place during the week beginning Monday 3rd February 2014 and applicants may be asked to return for a second interview the week beginning Monday 10th February 2014. Preferred start date for role is Monday 28th April 2014.



Calling All Art Teachers!

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O3 Gallery is searching for art work by artists who both practice and teach in Oxfordshire. We are happy to accept applications for artwork of any medium (painting, sculpture, installation etc) and by any type of teacher (university professor, primary school art teacher etc). Selected work will be presented at the O3 Gallery in a special ‘Art Teachers’ exhibition which will take place between 15th February and 2nd March 2014.

To be considered for this exhibition please email up to 5 jpeg images of your work plus a CV and artist statement  

The application deadline is Midnight on Friday 17th January 2014.

We look forward to receiving your applications! (Please note: Although it is free to apply, an exhibiting fee of £10 per piece will be applied to all artworks selected to be included in the exhibition. We function on a not for profit basis and this contribution will go towards the cost of marketing the exhibition).


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