Art exhibition success

13th June 2016

News, Student news

An exhibition by 32 local artists, held at Wadham's Iffley Road site, drew more than 1000 visitors this month.

Dis locate, organised by the artist-run Magdalen Road Studios attracted over 300 visitors to the private view and a further 800 over the ten day duration of the exhibition.

Highlights of the event included a talk by Wadham's first artist in residence, Fiona Haines, a curators tour of the exhibition by Magdalen Road Studios’ curator Luis Araujo, (Goldsmiths MFA), and live music performances by The Young Women's Music Project, a local education charity.

Katie Taylor, Studio Manager of Magdalen Road Studios commented: “It was wonderful to have the opportunity to showcase the quality and professionalism of work coming out of the studios as well as enabling us to engage with the wider community.”

The former car showroom, recently purchased by Wadham and due to be converted to student accommodation, had been empty for some time, but retained original  properties such as the wide sliding windows that once allowed cars in and out.

The space provided a perfect location for artworks showcasing different forms and interpretations of the theme of dislocation.

The narratives of the art works included involuntary immigration and the refugee crisis, the use of language as a vehicle of meaning, the loss of memory and intangible heritage and globalisation caused by increased technological acceleration.

Wadham College Finance Bursar, Ian Thompson commented:  “We are delighted to have been able to support Dis locate, in the old Volkswagen showroom and it was wonderful to see the space being put to such good use . Having purchased this site in 2015, we are in the early stages of consultation, with a view to developing high quality student accommodation here, allowing the College to house all its undergraduates across all its sites for the whole of their time with us.”