There Is No Planet B: A stop-motion animation by young artist Mia

Young artist Mia created this stop motion animation film during our City as Studio online film-making residency in February 2021. Over the course of the residency, the group of young people aged between 16 and 19 explored DIY film and music-making techniques to create work about the issues they care about. Mia shares her experience… Continue reading There Is No Planet B: A stop-motion animation by young artist Mia

Trans Happiness is Real: Oxford’s graffiti art

In February 2019, brightly coloured graffiti art began appearing across Oxford’s streets. Messages emblazoned across lamp posts and street corners included ‘Trans happiness is real’ and ‘There is no binary explanation for us.’ This eye-catching street art is by a group of anonymous young activists, who join us for a special Instagram takeover between 21-24… Continue reading Trans Happiness is Real: Oxford’s graffiti art

Trans Rights Are Human Rights: a stop motion animation by young artist Hunter

Over a week-long online film-making residency in April 2021, the group of young people aged between 16 and 19 explored DIY film and music-making techniques to create work about the issues they care about. Young artist Hunter created this stop motion animation film rooted in how queer people experienced lockdown. Words and film by Hunter I… Continue reading Trans Rights Are Human Rights: a stop motion animation by young artist Hunter

World Elephant Day – Meet Samson Kambalu’s Elephant Chiefs

On World Elephant Day, we take a closer look at the huge elephants in Samson Kambalu’s exhibition New Liberia, and the symbolism of the elephant mask in Malawian Nyau tradition. As you enter Samson Kambalu’s exhibition New Liberia, you are greeted by two Nyau elephant chiefs. Nyau is the secret society of the Chewa people… Continue reading World Elephant Day – Meet Samson Kambalu’s Elephant Chiefs

Watch: Samson Kambalu meets Alayo Akinkugbe of Instagram’s @ablackhistoryofart

When Cambridge Art History student Alayo Akinkugbe created her @ablackhistoryofart Instagram account, she was responding to her own “frustration at the lack of Black representation” in her degree. The project garnered interest from around the world and she now has over fifty thousand followers of her feed, which highlights overlooked black artists, sitters, curators and… Continue reading Watch: Samson Kambalu meets Alayo Akinkugbe of Instagram’s @ablackhistoryofart

Gender Stereotypes and Young People | A short film by young artist Rachael

Rachael took part in our City as Studio online film-making residency for ages 16-19 in February 2021. The young artists were encouraged to work with DIY film-making and music-making techniques as ways to explore the issues that matter most to them. Rachael shares her experience of the residency, and how she used film-making and music… Continue reading Gender Stereotypes and Young People | A short film by young artist Rachael