This page provides answer to the most common questions we get asked about Modern Art Oxford. If you’re question isn’t answered below, please visit our Contact page to get in touch.
What are your opening hours?
Modern Art Oxford is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. We are closed on Mondays. The gallery has a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions which are planned 12 to 18 months in advance. We do not have a permanent collection. For this reason, when an exhibition ends there is often a 3-week period where the Shop and Café are open but our galleries are closed while they are prepared for our next exhibition. Please check our What’s On page for up to date information on exhibitions, and head to our Visit page to plan your trip to the gallery.
What is your current exhibition?
Please visit our What’s On page for up to date information about our current exhibitions, related events and online programme. Please note, we are a gallery with no permanent collection. For this reason, when an exhibition ends there is often a 3-week period where the Shop and Café are open but our galleries are closed as they are prepared for our next exhibition.
Is the Café open?
Our Café is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4.30pm and Sunday 12-4.30pm, serving homemade soups, sandwiches and salads, as well as teas and our special house blend of Lavazza coffee. Find out more on our Café page.
Is the gallery wheelchair accessible?
Modern Art Oxford’s public spaces are set over three floors, and we have stair-free access to all our floors. The entrance on St Ebbe’s Street is at street level, and there is a platform lift at the Pembroke Street entrance. Our passenger lift is located in the Café and goes to the galleries and the basement. The lift dimensions are 130cm wide by 140cm deep (and 230cm high). The clear door opening is 85cm wide, and the max weight in the lift is 800kg (8 persons). Find out more on our Access page.
Do you have a hearing loop?
There are induction loop units in the Shop and Cafe areas to aid communication with visitors. Find out more on our Access page.
Do you have disabled toilets?
We have an accessible toilet in the basement – please use the lift to access it. All other toilets are on the ground floor down 3 steps adjacent to the Shop. Find out more on our Access page.
If you have any other questions about access to the gallery ahead of your visit, please get in touch on 01865 722733 or email email@example.com
Am I allowed to visit the gallery with a large group?
We offer tours for groups of more than 10, but we ask that you contact us in advance of your visit so we can ensure we can accommodate you. Visit our Group Bookings page for more information.
Where can I park?
Where possible, we encourage a car-free visit to Modern Art Oxford, however you can find details of Oxford car parks at www.oxford.gov.uk/carparks. There are also three parking spaces for blue badge holders in close proximity to the gallery entrance on St Ebbe’s Street. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.
How much does an exhibition ticket cost?
Tickets to most of our exhibitions are free, however tickets to our exhibition, Monica Sjöö: The Great Cosmic Mother are on a pay more/pay less basis, with tickets ranging from £6-£12.
Modern Art Oxford Friends and Supporters are able to enter free each time they visit the exhibition. No pre-booking required. Supporters are also welcome to bring a guest for free. More information on how to become a Friend for just £30 a year here. Details on becoming a supporter, starting at £500 a year here.
Every 12-18 months we charge for a show, ticket prices and how to book will be visible on our website when we publicise our next ticketed exhibition.
I have booked a ticket for an event but not received an email, what do I do?
If you have booked a ticket but have not received a confirmation, we recommend that you first check your junk mail in case it has been directed there. If you still have no confirmation from us of your booked tickets, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01865 722733, and we will confirm your booking for you and resend your tickets.
If you have any other questions about tickets, please call us on 01865 722733 or email email@example.com.
Can I book a group visit?
Yes, Modern Art Oxford offers group visits to the gallery. However, we ask that you contact us in advance of your visit so we can ensure we can accommodate you. Maximum group size is 30, including staff. Bookings are subject to availability and must be booked at least two weeks in advance. To book, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I become a Supporter of Modern Art Oxford?
Anyone can become a Supporter by signing up here. There are different levels of support, all of which enable Modern Art Oxford to deliver a world class, inclusive and inspiring artistic programme. Supporters receive a range of benefits throughout the year, including free entry to ticketed exhibitions for themselves and a guest. For more information please click here. Thank you for your support.
How do I become a Friend of Modern Art Oxford?
Anyone can become a Friend by signing up here. Through their support, Friends enable Modern Art Oxford to deliver a world class, inclusive and inspiring artistic programme. They receive a range of benefits including free entry to ticketed exhibitions. For more information please the Friends page here. Thank you for your support.
Why are you charging for some exhibitions?
Modern Art Oxford will have paid-for ticketing for an exhibition every 12-18 months. Modern Art Oxford has charged for exhibitions in the past over many years. However, in recent years our policy has been to offer free admission across most exhibitions.
Following a challenging time for the arts and culture sector, made worse by the pandemic, Modern Art Oxford will be presenting occasional paid-for ticketed shows to ensure our long-term sustainability and the continued excellence, ambition and reach of our programmes.
Income made from ticketed exhibitions will be used to further support our work with artists and audiences to enable more people to engage with our exhibitions and events on site, working in Oxford’s many diverse communities, and through innovative new content online. We remain completely committed to ensuring our programming is accessible to the widest possible audience, and occasional ticketed exhibitions will enable us to widen and extend the reach of our work in the years ahead, significantly strengthening the impact of our work as a publicly funded charity.
Will there be a charge for entry for all exhibitions now?
No, we will only be charging for one exhibition every 12 to 18 months, the majority of our exhibitions will remain free to enter.
Modern Art Oxford will continue to present free exhibitions throughout the year that represent our bold and progressive artistic ambitions, promote diversity and internationalism, and are accessible to the widest possible audience.
How do I make a complaint or send you feedback about my visit?
If you have any feedback on your visit to the gallery or on any of our online programming, we recommend you get in touch with us via our Contact page.
Do you offer work experience or placements?
How are you funded?
Modern Art Oxford is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation, and receives funding from Oxford City Council, but it also relies on the generosity of individuals, trusts and foundations and corporate funders. This support enables a bold and inclusive artistic programme that ensures access to world-class exhibitions, innovative digital content and inspiring creative learning projects for audiences of all backgrounds, ages and abilities.
To find out more about supporting the gallery, volunteering, or joining as a Friend, please visit our Support page.
Can I make a submission for an exhibition or project at the gallery?
Modern Art Oxford’s exhibition programme is devised by the gallery’s curatorial team and is planned up to two years in advance, with exhibitions and projects arising from direct invitations to artists and institutions. We are rarely able to accommodate unsolicited proposals for projects and exhibitions.
If you would still like to make a submission, please visit our Contact page and click the option ‘Project/exhibition submission’. We receive a high number of submissions and therefore can only provide feedback on individual submissions that might be taken forward.
How do I get in touch with the Director?
To get in touch with any member of our team, please visit our Contact page and click the option most relevant to your enquiry.
How long has the gallery been here?
Modern Art Oxford was founded in 1965, and has a rich history of bold and progressive programming that promotes diversity and internationalism, encourages public engagement with creativity and the arts, and promotes the importance of contemporary visual culture in today’s society. To find out more about our history as a gallery, please visit our History page.