What's on Show

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS


 

‘Nature in the City’

RSPB

Boiler Room Gallery

11th July 2018 – 21st August 2018

 

The Nature in the City exhibition showcases the best works of art by the public who entered the "Nature in the City" competition, which was judged by a panel of independent judges from the world of art.

The artists were challenged to use their creative talents to highlight the brilliance of urban nature and help us to raise awareness of the plight of the iconic swift. Swifts have declined by over 50% between 1996 and 2016. This decline is due to a loss of nestspace in buildings, due to renovations of old buildings and the unsuitability of modern buildings. It is also due a fall in the number of insects, the primary food of swifts. 

Nature in the City is part of an exciting two-year Oxford Swift City project, led by the RSPB and made possible through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can find out how to get involved with saving swifts by visiting our project webpage: https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/projects/oxford-swift-city/

The Oxford Swift City project team is made up of several local partners including the RSPB, the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, Environmental Resource Management, Dr A. Lack, Dr J. Hughes, Mr C. Mason, Oxford City Council, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre and the University of Oxford.

 

Revolution of Dignity!

Boiler Gallery

7th June – 25th July 2018

 

The Revolution of Dignity! is a group exhibition by photographers from across Europe, showcasing the events of Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution as they unfurled and the effect it has had. The photographs capture the movements hope and community spirit, as well as the  violence and loss that occurred after government-hired snipers open fired at protestors. The exhibition invites the viewer to reflect on the period, and see how Kyiv’s young activists are still keeping the movement going, whilst in the Eastern region of Donbas, war wages on. 

Throughout the shows seven week run, there will be talks from activists and key figures that took part in the revolution. The exhibition is in collaboration with GoGlobal to raise money for their project GoCamp, an NGO funded volunteer program for Ukrainian youth, aiming to increase communication between Ukraine and the rest of Europe. The EuroMaidan revolution.


Corn Shuk Mei Ho

Stormy Nights Solo Drawing Exhibition 

Restaurant Gallery

6th June – 18th July 2018

Corn Shuk Mei Ho granduted from Masters of Fine Arts program (with Merit) at the University of Arts London, Wimbledon College of Arts (2014-2016). She has a BA (with Honours) in Fine Art (Contemporary Studio Art Practise) and minored in French Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2007-2010). She now lives and works in London, UK.

Often exploring psychological themes, her artworks delve into deeper levels of human innermost states of mind. She creates atmospheric, melancholic drawings/paintings conjuring up feelings of dislocation. Her drawings/paintings document her interest in the lost and found, what is passing memory and what is synthesised as trace in the landscape.

Corn has had solo exhibitions and joint exhibitions in the UK and Hong Kong, and her works have been privately collected. She will have solo shoes in the Jam Factory Gallery, Oxford in early June and the Coiningby Gallery, London in mid-September 2018.

 

Edvard Munch, Stormy Night, 1893

“The dramatic natural event of the storm, the sharp contrast between bright windows of the house (promising security) and the immeasurable depths of the dark night  - in other words, an account of physical actuality – have been refashioned into an image of inner tension and conflict.”

In “Stormy Nights” Solo Drawing Exhibition, Corn Shuk Mei Ho has selected three series of works to exhibit in the Restaurant Gallery in the Jam Factory, Oxford.

1) Night Swims Series (2017-18) 

2) The End of F***ing World illustration (2018) 


3) Dear Lily Series (2016)

These three series of drawings  are related to the young adults inner struggles and unlimited imaginations. They are all about youth, courage, ideology, loss and then their own stories. These groups of young individuals still possess the imagination of younger children. Still in the pursuit of an ‘ideal world’, an ‘adult world’ caused them to lose out on opportunities countless times. Once they pass through the darkness however, they find themselves emerging from the storm and seeing the world more clearly.

 


Imre Maltzahn 

Large and Small Gallery

5th June 2018 – 10th July 2018

Having trained as an artist at the Ruskin School of Fine Art  between 1960 and 1963, when the school was based in the Ashmolean Museum.

Imre Maltzahn was introduced to early Greek and Roman portrait sculpture. Life drawing was of course the basic skill taught to enable him to draw ancient sculpture, a passion which never left him.

He worked for Christies for a short period and in 1966 opened a gallery (Maltzahn Gallery) in Cork Street, London. The gallery specialised in prints and drawings of all periods and was also at the centre of selling 'pop art' then at the height of its' development.

Although the gallery closed in 1976 he continued to keep his 'eye' in by constant study of the Masters and took up drawing and watercolours  again seriously in 2016 going back to his roots in the Ashmolean cast gallery as well as exercising draughtsmanship in the weekly sessions in the Jam Factory.

 

 

Oxfordshire Art Weeks 2018

26th - 4th June 2018

Large and Small Gallery, Restaurant Gallery + Boiler Room Gallery 

Our annual Oxfordshire Art Weeks exhibition showcases over 25 artists in all three of our gallery spaces: The Large + Small, Boiler Room and Restaurant Gallery.

The Oxfordshire Art Weeks exhibition gives local artists an opportunity to showcase their work in a professional environment and features members of The Jam Factory staff.  The art work in this exhibition ranges from photography, 3D work to oil paintings. 
 
This exhibition features pieces of art from artist such as Alison Walters, Billy Barraclough, Chelsea Brown, Ellen Hausner, Ellen Wong, Helen Young, Isabel Quadrado, Izzy Twist, Jabi Engana, Kate Morris Millar, Mike Halliwell and many other talented creative beings.
 
The exhibition is open from the 26th April 2018 - 4th June 2018, Monday to Sunday.

 

HATCHED 2018

Large and Small Gallery + Boiler Room Gallery

8th March - 23rd April 2018


HATCHED is a creative platform set up by artist and curator Maga Esberg in 2015 to develop, make and promote art addressing private and public female experiences. This year’s exhibition was held at  The Jam Factory as part of the Oxford International Women Festival’s and International Womens Day 2018.

The theme of the exhibition followed the OIWF’s theme: ‘Suffrage: 100 Years On!’ and the IWD’s theme: #PressForProgress to accelerate gender parity. Artists were encouraged to interpret these themes in the broadest sense possible.  The exhibition offers a broad variety of work from 2D work to paintings to photography.

HATCHED 2018 is curated by Maga Esberg (magaesberg.com) with help from Vijayshri J Vaghela.


Christy McCormick 

Resturant Gallery 

13th March - 23rd April 2018


Christy McCormick is a freelance illustrator based in London. Christy specialises in portraits and figurative work. As a graduate from the London College of Fashion, she is highly trained in illustration and demonstrates an ability to capture her subject with expressive intensity.
 
She has worked for Alexander McQueen where she helped develop prints for both menswear and womenswear. She has been featured in a variety of publications such as, Flaunt Magazine, Twenthy6Magazine, Dash Magazine, The Ethical Fashion Initiative, Eluxe Magazine, Voix Meets Mode, Pigeon and Peacocks, amongst others.
 
Christy’s past projects have centred around sustainability and beauty. She designed and created a sustainable nightwear collection titled “Wake Up’. Inspired by the vast scenery of the ever-diminishing Amazon Rain Forest, the collection aimed to raise awareness of increasing deforestation and climate change issues whilst showcasing the beauty of nature. This was followed by a series of illustrated tribal portraits titled ‘Natural Fashion’.
 
Her most recent project is on the feminine body. The feminine body is a work of art in itself. The shapes, the curves and small indents and details that make the female body unique and captivating. With her up close angular crops and experimentation with colour, she explores the ideology of the feminine physic. 
 

Assemble: Nature Refined

Large and Small Gallery

25th January 2018 – 5th March 2018

 

Harriet Elkerton

Harriet Elkerton’s objects, with their unassuming simplicity, are designed for living. Natural materials, plants and food play a key role in this lifestyle.

Her functional objects are slip-cast porcelain, with unctuous glossy white glazed interiors. Originating from paper, instability is established in the process, resulting in organic forms. Harriet sets up moments of unexpectedness, to get a handmade feel, an individuality, from repetition.

Her decorative ware, displayed nestles amongst the functional, interrogates the purpose of tools and functional items. She combines found objects, with purpose – made porcelain additions. The inheritance of these objects discernible in her functional vessels; there is a language of deliberate skill speaking through her work and a desire to keep visible the hand of the maker. 

 

FICH Ceramics:

Fi Chappelle is the maker behind FICH ceramics. All her work is hand-thrown in her home studio in Oxfordshire on a pottery wheel. FICH ceramics is a contemporary brand with each piece adding elegance and style into your home.

Fi emphasises the contrast between the matte white earthenware clay and the smooth, reflective glaze by only partly glazing the pieces. The FICH colour palette changes seasonally creating a look that adapts with time. This has given the brand a unique style and keeps FICH looking contemporary. 

 

Visual ConversationS 

Boiler Room Gallery 

9 January - 6 March 2018 

 

'Visual Conversations' is an exhibition of work by artist-teachers, currently focusing on establishing and developing their artist identities. Themes such as lost memories, sense of place and landscape are explored through sketch book entries, still life photography, mixed media and paint.  

The thread of conversation and dialogue runs through the work in determining meaning, inspiring making or developing reflective thought. The exhibition theme also acknowledges the supportive dialogue that has evolved within the group as they have developed their own artistic practices.

This group exhibition will feature work by Ali Moreton, Hannah Kinch James, Laura Hodgson, Monica Lewis and Sally Gunnett. 

 
Jessamy Hawke

The Tree and The Spire
 
Restaurant Gallery 

10 January - 13 March 2018

 

Jessamy Hawke is an illustrator working in ink, gouache, watercolour, and linocut-printmaking, having graduated from MA Illustration at Kingston University in 2016. Her work draws on the two themes of literature and landscape, where she is interested in connecting drawing with poetry and literature, as well as using illustration and hand-drawn maps to document her experience of a landscape.

Much of Jessamy’s work uses novels and poems as starting points to create visually striking interpretations of the writer’s narrative. By visualising the characters, landscape, and storyline set out by the author, she aims to convey the atmosphere, and give the viewer a sense of the story and it’s backdrop to add another layer to the narrative.

In her landscape work she aims to translate walking and experience of a place into drawing and painting. By sketching on-site at various locations across the UK, Jessamy paints scenes to capture her experience, document her route, and reference the landscape’s texture, architecture, and history. With her illustrations, maps, and paintings, she wants to engage the viewer with the landscape as she portrayed it.

Jessamy’s project ‘A Midnight Clear’, based on William Wharton’s wartime novel, was shortlisted for the 2016 V&A Student Illustrator of the Year Award, and her magazine illustration was Runner-Up in the Little White Lies Creative Brief competition in March 2017. She regularly takes on commissions, including landscapes, cityscapes, and maps.

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