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22 July
29 October 2023

Boundary Encounters

Come together for this collaboration with artists and communities, featuring new commissions, residencies and live events.

Modern Art Oxford invites you to relax, reflect and take part as we open our gallery spaces up for exploration and participation.

Immerse yourself in pools of coloured light within Harold Offeh’s pavilion. Listen and touch sonic sculptures emitting sounds linked to Modern Art Oxford’s past created by Julie Freeman. Watch, explore and get creative in Valerie Asiimwe Amani’s space of care using poetic prompts. Reminisce about our collective story so far through a new commission by Deborah Pill and an archive exploring our history of working with local communities and partners. Share in our future by exploring prototypes of exciting upcoming improvements to the gallery building and spaces. Capture moments of connection, exchange and community through a new participatory digital drawing project.

Connecting multiple perspectives, histories and wide-ranging areas of interest, Boundary Encounters celebrates visitors, staff and artists alike as participants in a continuous exchange.

Valerie Asiimwe Amani is a Tanzanian interdisciplinary artist and writer. Her practice interrogates the ways in which body erotics, language, place and perceived reality are used to situate (or isolate) the self within community.

Harold Offeh is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Offeh is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of histories. He employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture.

Julie Freeman translates complex processes and data from natural sources into kinetic sculptures, physical objects, images, sound compositions, animations, VR & AR,  questioning the use of data and digital technology in how we translate nature – whether it is through a swarm of butterflies responding to air pollution levels; a lake of fish composing sounds; or enabling a colony of naked mole-rats to generate animation.

Deborah Pill is a sculptor, painter and photographer working in Oxford, UK. Her work explores aspects of place, memory and association held in objects and gesture. Her work that is largely self-reflective and emotive, draws on her life experience and female identity. Her work is both experimental and exploratory and allows for direct communication between the artist and her chosen materials.

Throughout the summer as part of Boundary Encounters, Modern Art Oxford is joined by five Creatives in Residence, who will share insights into their own professional practice, while developing new ideas for Modern Art Oxford’s future programme with local communities. 

Jane Castree is a choreographer and community dance artist working with movement to create open and accessible opportunities for performers, community members, and collaborators that acknowledge and interrupt invisible structures of hierarchy existing within cultures. Her choreographic work invites people to consider ideas and concepts from alternative perspectives as a way to imagine and create a more open and flexible world. 

Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones is a Danish composer, songwriter, performer, and sound artist living in Oxford. Her practice is rooted in collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to sound making. She composes, creates audio pieces, writes, and performs indie-folk music as Asthmatic Harp.

Anya Gleizer is a performance artist and an environmental geography researcher who uses community engagement, the arts and sciences to forge new approaches towards a culturally and ecologically resilient future. Anya is the founder of Flute & Bowl, an organisation that brings together practitioners from STEM fields and the arts to challenge existing narratives and forge new approaches towards a culturally and ecologically resilient future.

Kelly Lloyd is a transdisciplinary artist who focuses on issues of representation and knowledge production and prioritises public-facing collaborative research. In 2022, Lloyd launched This Thing We Call Art, a podcast and online archive featuring excerpts from 50+ interviews with people in the arts she has conducted since 2017.

Harmanpreet Randhawa is an artist based in Oxford and Coventry whose transdisciplinary practice involves making installations and sculptures from found materials, drawing, writing, film, performance, and printmaking. Surrounding the ideas of longing, belonging, and desire, his work oscillates between the sensual, and the domestic, rethinking the boundaries of homely spaces, human body, and nature.

Modern Art Oxford’s history of public programming has long been supported by a commitment to collaboration and participation.The archive display presented in Boundary Encounters includes multiple collaborations, projects and events spanning more than 50 years, many of which have informed the changes in our building over time.

Ask an Artist: Valerie Asiimwe Amani

Commissioned as part of our summer programme Boundary Encounters, find out more about Valerie Asiimwe Amani's Mkutano // A place for us, an immersive installation which celebrates community through themes of friendship, courage and revival.
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Ask an Artist: Julie Freeman

Commissioned as part of our summer programme, Boundary Encounters, find out more about Julie Freeman's Another Present, an intimate listening experience, combining sonic works by women artists from our archive, audience data and field recordings.
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Ask an Artist: Harold Offeh

Commissioned as part of our summer programme, Boundary Encounters, find out more about Harold Offeh's Pavilion which is inspired by the work of Brazilian modernist architect, Lina Bo Bardi.
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Ask an Artist: Deborah Pill

Commissioned as part of our summer programme, Boundary Encounters, find out more about Deborah Pill's Table Talk which revisits past encounters from Modern Art Oxford’s Creative Space.
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Boundary Encounters is supported by

The Arts Society
Oxford University Small Community Grants Scheme
The Elephant Trust, Oxford City Council Community Impact Fund, The Arts Society, and Oxford University Small Community Grants Scheme.