How Your Support Helps
Thanks to your support, more people have enjoyed access to the transformative benefits of visual art and Modern Art Oxford remains one of the UK’s leading modern and contemporary art spaces. The gallery provides a progressive counterpoint to the city’s historic narrative, enhancing Oxford’s visibility, contributing to a thriving local economy and inclusive cultural ecology.
Early Years and Families
Modern Art Oxford brings families, carers and children together in moments of shared creativity that stimulate the senses, build curiosity, offer support and friendship. Your support enables a broad programme, catering for visitors of all abilities and needs, including: specially curated exhibition tours, sensory backpacks, activity sheets, art-making workshops and messy play.
Whether in or out of formal school settings, Modern Art Oxford invites young people to explore their creativity; voice their ideas; access new networks of like-minded individuals; learn about careers in the arts and how to pursue their artistic ambitions. Since 2020, participation amongst young people has grown 196%. With your support, MAO continues to provide professional and personal development to young people of all backgrounds.
Adults and Communities
Through non-prescriptive, experiential learning, Modern Art Oxford empowers individuals and sets up new dialogues between audiences, artists, curators and academics. Participants explore new interests and skills; they acquire confidence and the expertise to pursue creative goals. With your support, over 45 volunteers have taken part in professional development projects at MAO and attendance from adult community groups has risen by 61%.
Artists at critical points in their career are offered the time, space and professional guidance to experiment and push their practice in new directions. Thanks to a strong commissioning tradition, committed to supporting underrepresented and female artists, MAO has transformed the careers of artists from around the globe; it has exhibited 7 Turner Prize winning artists and 30 nominees.
Innovative Digital Experiences
Modern Art Oxford amplifies and extends the visitor’s experience through innovative digital content that invites participation and challenges perceptions around what is and isn’t visual art. Taking universal themes as a point of departure and building co-designed platforms that invite exchange, followers lend their voice and creative ideas to build a creative, virtual community and break down barriers to participation.
Thanks to the support of generous individuals, charitable and private entities, we are able to present a bold artistic programme that invites everyone to take part and explore their creative potential.