Art at Wolfson
Wolfson College actively collects art and manages an outstanding collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, textiles, sculptures and ceramics. Artworks are displayed throughout the college.
We are fortunate that loans from artists, collectors and museums ensure the view is periodically refreshed.
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 advance and are open to all members. All exhibitions are open daily 10.00 to 19.00 subject to College commitments. Please ring the Lodge on 01865 274100 before visiting.
To find out what exhibition we have on display please see our Event Calendar.
A variety of crafts are displayed in the cabinets on the landing outside the common room. The Arts Society welcomes proposals from our members for displays.
College Art Society
The Arts Society which is a sub-committee of the Social and Cultural Committee (SCC) aims to bring together members of College, from different cultures and disciplines, who are interested in the visual arts. Learn more.
Life Drawing Classes and other activities
Life Drawing Workshops take place from time to time. Visits to museums, galleries and art related events are organised from time to time. The Arts Society has a 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 Review and Frieze Magazine are available to read in the Common Room, courtesy of Arts Society subscriptions, as well as the magazine of the Tate Gallery.
23 October 2017Imagining the Divine: Exhibition
Wolfson scholars collaborate on a unique exhibition on the art of major world religions at the Ashmolean Museum.23 October 2017The College Record 2017
The Wolfson College Record is a formal account of the past year and includes the final President's Letter from Professor Dame Hermione Lee.9 October 2017Message from the Acting President
A warm welcome to those new to Wolfson, and a warm welcome back to those who have been travelling during the summer or hiding away in libraries or...
Concert and Plays24 - 24Oct OctStaging the Modernist Life: Auto/biography, performance, and H.D.Tuesday 24 October -1:30pm to 2:30pm
In this lecture/performance, Sasha Colby will discuss the process of transforming auto/biographical materials into biographical drama in her recent book project Staging Modernist Lives: H.D., Mina Loy, Nancy Cunard, Three Plays and Criticism (McGill-Queen's UP, 2017). With an emphasis on the poet, novelist, and memoirist H.D.Networking24 - 24Oct OctSlanguages exhibition: launch partyTuesday 24 October -4:00pm to 7:00pm
Our Creative Multilingualism Languages in the Creative Economy exhibition will feature the work, archives and ephemera related to the work of three Birmingham-based artists who use different languages in their musical and artistic work.Lectures and Seminars25 - 25Oct OctTennyson, Celebrity and PortraitureWednesday 25 October -5:30pm to 7:00pm
This lecture will explore how publishers became responsible for promoting authors through portraiture in the mid-Victorian period. In particular it will focus on Edward Moxon and his role in expanding the readership of both William Wordsworth and Alfred Tennyson. While portraits of Wordsworth were relatively scarce, Tennyson was surrounded by sculptors, painters and photographers, which led to a new and disturbing experience of literary celebrity that had a major impact on his career.