Oxford is home to some amazing gallery spaces across the city and a wonderful community of artists. These are just a few of the galleries across Oxford that are a must see if you're in the area. I'll link to Oxfordshire Arts Info at the bottom of the page too, as this will have other listings across the county for arts related events and pop ups too.
28 Essex Street, Oxford, OX4 3AW
This gem of a space can be found in the heart of East Oxford, in the owner and curators home. Vanessa showcases emerging and mid career artists, and has an incredible eye for bringing together exhibitions that are consistently inspiring. I often visit with my young sons, and they love this beautiful and welcoming gallery too.
Image shows paintings by David Abbott and Louisa Longstaff-Scales, and ceramics by Clare Walters and Rowena Brown.
29 Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AA
This gallery specialises in modern and contemporary studio ceramics. It's a beautiful light filled gallery space, with changing exhibitions of work by established makers. I'm always inspired by a visit here.
16 North Parade Avenue, Oxford, OX2 6LX
In a vibrant independent street of North Oxford, this wonderful gallery has frequently changing exhibitions and talks by exhibiting artists.
14a Osney Lane, Oxford, OX1 1NJ
OVADA is an artist-led arts centre set in a unique warehouse space, and it's a hub of artistic activity. They house artists studios and a large exhibition space, as well as a varied and exciting program of events and proffessional development opportunities for emerging and established artists.
40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ
This one is a bit special for me, as I set up this gallery space at the Old Fire Station from the shell of a building (it was a nightclub just beforehand!) reopening as a gallery and shop in 2011. Arts at the Old Fire Station also includes a Theatre, Dance Studio and Cafe, and they share the building with the charity Crisis.
What was the shop and gallery have now merged into a larger gallery space with changing exhibitions. AOFS encourages people from all backgrounds to understand and shape the world in which we live through stories, creativity and the arts, and by connecting with others.
30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP
This gallery also holds lots of memories for me as I worked here when I first moved to Oxford over 15 years ago, and met some truly amazing people here. There are changing exhibitions, a whole range of fantastic events, and a wonderful cafe and shop. As well as the exhibitions in the main galleries, there is the Creative Space downstairs near the shop that includes family friendly activities, exhibitions and events.
Church Hill, Little Milton, OX44 7QB
This sculpture park and gallery is about 20 minutes outside of the city by bus or car, and well worth the visit. It's set in beautiful countryside and they have changing exhibitions within the barn and park, as well as some permanent pieces. The spaces are open in Spring-Autumn, and you'll need to book through their website before you go.
Oxon Arts Info has updated lists of exhibitions and events.
If you have any questions, or recommendations I would love to hear from you!
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