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The South Street Gallery at the Churchill Hospital is situated opposite the main restaurant and shows a changing programme of temporary exhibitions by professional artists. Exhbitions change every six weeks. Most work is for sale and a percentage of profits support the artlink programme.
If you are an artist and would like to be considered for exhibition please contact Ruth Chartity, Arts Adviser to ORH Charitable Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TheHill (www.thehill.co)is a new initiative to encourage and support innovation in healthcare, particularly in the area of digital health. The work in this exhibition is created by the first-year Architecture students at Oxford Brookes University who have been invited to develop designs for a ‘hub’ where healthcare users (both patients and professionals) can drop-in to discuss their ideas and get advice. TheHill is supported by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) alongside the Academic Health Science Centre.
Capturing fleeting details of the urban landscape, Andy Owen’s paintings explore the everyday environment and the disconnected relationship we have with our surroundings. Merging digital technology with painterly tradition, Owen’s practice alludes to the notion that we increasingly encounter our environment mediated through technology. The finished works resemble places that might be familiar yet seem strange as if recalled from a dream, or glimpsed from a speeding train. Referencing 19th Century Romantic Painting and incorporating diverse influences from modern Science Fiction, his constructed landscapes transcend digital, cinematic and painterly space.
Jo Dixon works in mixed media and will be exhibiting a limited edition range of giclee prints. Her images will include landscapes, gardens and observations of travels and the natural world.
Merlin Brooke-Little is an Oxfordshire artist who works mainly in collage. 'I love to find connections or to make new connections between pieces of ephemera. A lot of the material that I use will have some family connection if only that it has been stored in a pile, in a case in a room, under a bed, back of a drawer or a coat pocket. To rework them into a visually interesting piece is a way of giving them a better send-off, a better passing; it is a way celebrating their past and now lost moment of meaning. I think that finding humour in the pieces is a welcome addition to what can in other ways be a reflective form of memorial.'
Robin says of her work, "I have been long fascinated by geological time, the nature of change, and human identity in the midst of this vast kaleidoscope. My abstract work explores these ideas through accumulation of layers and loose metaphoric imagery. In my portraiture, I seek a dynamic expression of brushwork and colour to render my human subjects, ever observant about what makes us unique."
This exhibition of photographs has been developed by a group of Oxfordshire photographers who came together through Oxfordshire Adult Learning (now Oxfordshire Skills and Learning). Each has chosen a subject of interest and built up a portfolio of work over a ten-week period, with support and advice from one another and from their tutor, Rebecca Phillipson, herself an Oxford photographer. The resulting exhibition has light as its theme, with individuals' interpretations varying widely, from warm autumnal sunlight to the neon lights of Piccadilly Circus.
Adrian Pickett's pictures are hybrid in nature, bridging the figurative and the abstract, the formal and the spontaneous. Lines, silhouettes and bold colour contrasts are among the tools he uses to create pictures that evoke a questioning approach to the enigmas of being and seeing.
Photographer John Umney's drive has always been to explore his subject matter from an original or different point of view. He is exhibiting his hauntingly beautiful landscape photographs of 'a place called Purgatory situated between Oxford and Banbury where once lived farming folk, but which is now unsettled. This work addresses the distinction between the 'space' that 'Purgatory' creates, with all its concomitant connotations and the physical 'place'.
Rebecca Abrey is a local artist and member of the Oxford Art Society, and has been painting and exhibiting for over ten years. In that time she has built a following of people who are drawn to her expressive marks, vibrant colours and a sense of the extraordinary amongst the everyday.
Jonathan Shapley's exhibition consists mainly of collages of images of objects and landscapes put together so as to suggest new environments or spaces, much as real places are made up of numerous layers of material, history, memory, etc. Some of the works contain images of familiar household items as a reference to our desire to name the unfamiliar, often huge, structures that dot city skylines after small, recognisable and often everyday objects or items such as a walkie-talkie, gherkin, or cheesegrater.
"I am interested in the patterns found in landscape and the way the colours change over the course of the year. I am particularly attracted by woods and seascapes. I start by making images from life using charcoal and colour crayons. I then use these to make larger paintings usually in acrylics on card or canvas. The subject matter is often changed to become more abstract." Victoria Hallam.