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The Link Gallery at the John Radcliffe Hospital is situated along the corrdor to Trauma. It is programmed by the arts organisation notfamousyet to showcase new work by emerging and mid-career artists, often focusing on the stories behind their work and providing an insight into artists' working processes. Exhibitions change every three months.
Oxford based sculptor Beatrice Hoffman creates stylised sculptures of heads, figures and abstract forms in bronze or bronze resin ranging from small to large scale. She has recently been shortlisted for a commission for Northampton Hospital south entrance to welcome visitors, health professionals and patients, and is working on designs for a life sized sculpture for the site.
Rob Farrands, a photographer based in Oxford, shows street photographs taken in cities such as Boston, Toronto and Trieste alongside images featuring the Thames as it flows through Oxford. What connects these two series is the deliberate attention paid to reflections, shadows and curious moments. The idea is to emphasise these naturally occurring features in order to disrupt familiar perspectives, open up fresh ways of seeing and suggest new lines of inquiry.
Pierre Petitet was born in France and lives in Oxford, working as a researcher in neuroscience at the John Radcliffe Hospital. This photographic project was developed in the context of fundraising for Nubian primary schools in December 2015.
"When I think about the Nubians, it is their eyes that I can picture the most – these two deep black pearls that seem to be looking straight at your soul. This series of portraits is a tribute to the beauty and the joy of living of the people I have met in the schools, houses and streets of Aswan and Karkar, South of Egypt. Adult mischief echoes with childish solemnity to invite the viewer to search for a common nature across all these humans."
Simon Murison-Bowie is an Oxford-based photographer whose work has been shown regularly over the last 25 years. Fragments is collection of black and white photographs that seeks ‘to capture fleeting images, glimpses out of the corner of one’s eye’. It is a new version of an exhibition originally shown in 2007 for which Simon was awarded the Mary Moser Prize sponsored by Oxfordshire Artweeks.
Martin Barfoot is an artist living in Oxford, who studied Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University. For this exhibition he has created photograms using feathers. The results are images of an organic beauty, which also have an almost forensic quality. The display of these large scale pictures is interspersed with poems and scientific information – all about feathers.
This new collection of photographic portraits explores the roles played by those living in poverty within their families, communities and society at large. The aim is to highlight their efforts, validate their achievements and challenge the negative attitutdes often held towards vulnerable and excluded families in the UK. To accompany the portraits, project participants have written short texts to explain their lives, their hopes and their place in society as seen through their own eyes.
The project is organised by ATD Fourth world, an organisation which supports and empowers people living in poverty. It has been produced in partnership with Oxford University and the Oxford Institute of Social Policy.
Peter David Grant, a young photographer living in Oxford, is exhibiting images from his ongoing documentary project looking behind the scenes in the city, recording people and activities that most residents wouldn't notice or realise were there.
Visit the exhibition and you can follow him - have a peak inside the violin restoration shop, have a pint with the Drunken Knitwits, the best knitting club in Oxford (or so they say), and join the hard working teams at the Oxford Bus Company and the Railway Station.
'I once spent five months in a snowy landscape and towards the end, was literally craving for the colour green. The long and white space of the Link Gallery instinctively reminded me of that powerful feeling of yearning for the colour green and a relief at seeing it. My project focuses on its shades, tones, intensity and its value through contrast and association.' Jacqueline McLaurin was born in France and lives and works in Oxford.
John Hazell paints scenes of dramatic scale and perspective. He creates atmospheric painting, where perspective heightens the sense of space inviting the viewer to step inside the frame and explore. He says, 'For as long as I can remember, I have held a fascination for scenes of dramatic scale and perspective. Six years ago a friend and I purchased a small yacht and set out on a trip of global circumnavigation. The two-year, challenging and often spectacular journey, had the effect of providing a plethora of thought provoking and stimulating images.'
John lives and works in Elsfield in the outskirts of Oxford. For the last two years he has been part of the emerging artist scheme in Ovada's Warehouse Art School.