LGBTQ+ History Month 2022: The Arc is Long but it Bends Towards Justice

Image: Trans Happiness is Real

The theme of this year’s LGBTQ+ History Month, ‘The Arc is Long’ draws from a quotation by Martin Luther King JR.: “We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Looking at the continuing journey towards full equality, which has suffered many setbacks while still moving forwards,… Continue reading LGBTQ+ History Month 2022: The Arc is Long but it Bends Towards Justice

Black History Month: Student voices

Alayo Akinkugbe and Samson Kambalu, 2021. Photo by Andrée Latham

We know that exploring, sharing and celebrating the impact of Black heritage and culture is vital all year round. But Black History Month is also a valuable opportunity for individuals, communities, organisations and leaders to come together to keep educating, questioning and change-making. This year, we’ve especially enjoyed hearing the voices of students who have… Continue reading Black History Month: Student voices

I Watched Her Dream… Aloud & I am trying my best: Two short films by young artist Lauren

Lauren joined our online film-making residency for ages 16-19 in April 2021. In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the group met only online and explored DIY film-making from the confines of their own surroundings. Discover what Lauren learnt about different approaches to film-making during the residency. My name is Lauren, I am 19 years old… Continue reading I Watched Her Dream… Aloud & I am trying my best: Two short films by young artist Lauren

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

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

The Lost Year and Don’t burn our future | Two short films by young artist James

James took part in our City as Studio online film-making residency in February 2021, during a period of lockdown in the UK. Meeting only online, the young artists worked with lead artist Kate Mahony and artist James Scott to learn film-making techniques and discuss the issues that matter most to them. James shares his experience… Continue reading The Lost Year and Don’t burn our future | Two short films by young artist James

Exploring identity in the domestic space: Young artist Matt on film-making as an art medium

Matt joined our online City as Studio film-making residency in February 2021. After learning just a few simple DIY film-making techniques, Matt was able to apply his own art practice to film-making, and create work that explores identity, cultural heritage, consumerism and the domestic space.  Matt shares a bit more about the experience of the… Continue reading Exploring identity in the domestic space: Young artist Matt on film-making as an art medium