Wolfson College Arts Society

Wolfson has a well-established reputation as the college in Oxford that takes contemporary art seriously. The Arts Society aims to bring together members of College, from different cultures and disciplines, who are interested in the visual arts.


Art Exhibitions are held regularly in the Private Dining Room and the Florey Room, on the third floor. Private views, with refreshments, which usually take place on Sundays, are advertised in the weekly newssheet, and are open to all members.

Display Cabinets

A variety of crafts are displayed in the cabinets on the landing outside the common room. The Arts Society welcomes proposals from members for such displays.

Art Collection

The Arts Society actively collects art works, and manages an outstanding collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, textiles, sculptures and ceramics. Art works are displayed throughout the college. Loans from artists, collectors and museums ensure the view is periodically refreshed.

Life Drawing Classes and other activities

Life Drawing classes take place weekly in term. Workshops and visits to museums, galleries and art related events are organised from time to time. The Arts Society has membership of the Tate Gallery which means individuals and groups can attend special exhibitions free of charge.

Picture Loan Scheme

The Loan Scheme means individual members of College, who live in College property, can borrow an original work of art from the Arts Society, to hang in their office or room. Keep an eye on the Newssheet for details of when and where they will next be displayed.

Art Publications

Art Review and Frieze Magazine are available to read in the Common Room, courtesy of Arts Society subscriptions, as well as the mazazine of the Tate Gallery.

The committee meets twice a term at 1pm on Wednesdays of Weeks 0 and 5.

Contact: Jan Scriven, Arts Administrator

OCLW Awards Announcements Summer 2017
11 August 2017

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the OCLW/ODNB research bursaries and Tony Gray Visiting Scholarship for 2017/2018.

Dancing Lives News Image
27 July 2017

The conference brought together scholars, curators, biographers, and dance practitioners to explore how people write about the lives of dancers...

28 June 2017

Dr Kate Kennedy of Wolfson College has won an Early Career Researcher award...