Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

Magna Carta (An Embroidery) is a major new artwork by the acclaimed British artist Cornelia Parker that has been commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015.

Chloe Dewe Mathews: Shot at Dawn

Chloe Dewe Mathew's exhibition, Shot at Dawn, will have its final showing in Madrid, from 23rd May to 16th July. This body of work, commissioned by the Ruskin, focuses on the sites at which British, French and Belgian troops were executed for cowardice and desertion between 1914 and 1918.

Maya Lin portrait photo black & white

Humanitas Visiting Professorships in Contemporary Art

For five years, the Ruskin School of Art co-organised an annual series of Visiting Professorships in Contemporary Art via the Humanitas Programme.

European Live Art Archive

Since 2011 the Ruskin School of Art has been collaborating with the University of Girona and the artist’s residency GlogaurAIR in Berlin on an ambitious new project to map live art across Europe.

Simon Starling: Black Drop

For the past two years the Ruskin School has been collaborating with Modern Art Oxford on a new film by the Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Starling, which responds to the rare planetary phenomenon of the transit of Venus and its relationship to the beginnings of moving image technology.

John Gerrard: Exercise (Djibouti) 2012

The Legacy Fellowship, the first-ever fellowship in higher education to fuse art and sport, was awarded to John Gerrard in summer 2011 following an open call for submissions. Over the next twelve months Gerrard identified and collaborated with a number of elite athletes who were all in training for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as the point of departure for an ambitious cinema-scale project called Exercise (Djibouti) 2012.

The Elements of Drawing: John Ruskin’s Teaching Collections at Oxford

The University of Oxford owns the majority of the teaching collections and catalogues assembled by John Ruskin for his Oxford drawing schools in the third quarter of the 19th century. This material, which included drawings by himself and other artists, prints and photographs, is now in the care of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.

Gabriela Albergaria: hither and thither

The tree collection at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden plays a major role in creating the Garden’s unique sense of place. As you enter its ancient walls the trees act as the dominant feature, peppering the landscape with centuries of botanical history. From the English yew, which was planted by the first curator in 1645 and is the earliest tree in the collection, to the newer plantings of the late 20th century they tell the story of the Garden in macrocosm.

John Updike: A Celebration with Ian McEwan, Hermione Lee and David Baddiel

Open just about any book by the supreme American writer John Updike, who sadly died on 27 January 2009 at the age of 76, and you will find a variant on the following biographical note: John Updike was born in 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He attended Shillington High School, Harvard College and the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford, where he spent a year on a Knox Fellowship. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of the New Yorker, to which he has contributed numerous poems, short stories, essays and book reviews. Since 1957 he has lived in Massachusetts as a freelance writer.

Anna Lucas: Demonstration 50.15

In October 2007, Anna Lucas was awarded a Visiting Fellowship in Art and Biomedical Science in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford. Out of this residency came a film called Demonstration 50.15, which offers up a portrait of the University’s anatomy laboratory and follows the repetitive daily activities of the mortuary technician as he respectfully embalms and prepares bodies for medical students.

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