The Jam Factory serves a dual purpose - both as a bar/restaurant and as a creative hub - playing host to various artistic groups, with regularly changing exhibitions throughout the year and an exciting program of events and classes.

We’re delighted to display original art from talented artists, emerging and established. Over the years we have exhibited a diverse range of work including ceramics, paintings, drawings, print work, jewellery and digital media.


The space we have here is bright, colourful and welcoming; to be enjoyed by all whether you are an art enthusiast or a casual browser. The Boiler Room Gallery - which was once used by Frank Cooper to boil his Famous marmalade - now makes the perfect gallery space with vaulted ceilings and bags of natural light. We also exhibit works in our Large Gallery and Restaurant so you can enjoy your meal, glass of wine or tea & a slice of homemade cake in artistic surroundings. We also have a large display of art books for customer to enjoy whilst in the venue.


The Jam Factory is known as one of the city’s most intriguing contemporary art spaces, and we are very proud to be part of Oxford’s local art scene. Open calls for group exhibitions are a common and popular occurrence so keep up to date...

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*In line with government guidelines we will be cancelling Life Drawing tonight until further notice *

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** Please do call ahead if travelling to see a specific exhibition on 01865 244613 as on occasion the venue/ areas of the venue may be hired for private events** 


Fri 31st July

Restaurant Gallery open 
Large & Small open 
Boiler Room Gallery open 

Tues 4th Aug

Restaurant Gallery  closed
Large & Small Gallery closed
Boiler Room Gallery closed

Sat 1st Aug

Restaurant Gallery open
Large & Small open open

Boiler Room Gallery open 

Wed 5th Aug

Restaurant Gallery open 

 Large & Small Gallery open 
Boiler Room Gallery open 

Sun 2nd Aug

Restaurant Gallery open 
Large & Small open 
Boiler Room Gallery open 

Thurs 6th Aug

Restaurant Gallery open
Large & Small Gallery open
Boiler Room Gallery open 

Mon 3rd Aug

Restaurant Gallery closed

Large & Small Gallery closed 
 Boiler Room Gallery  closed

David Armitage - A Survey Exhibition

30 Jul 2020

David Armitage is one of the UK’s leading abstract artists and colourists. He says, ‘whether it is from an inkpot applied to paper, or from a bucket tipped onto canvas, there is nothing that gives me greater pleasure than colour.’

This latest show is survey of over five decades working as an artist; bringing a full range from book illustrations, to a new series ‘Earth Watch’ which are smaller works on paper, up to his large abstract paintings. These large canvases resonate with deep rich colours, inspired by his native Australia, world travels, classical music which plays in the studio as he paints, and the abstract expressionists such as Helen Frankenthaler.

His beautiful illustrations combine watercolour, monoprint and ink drawing. The original illustrations for the latest book The Lighthouse Keepers Mystery will be on display (written by his wife Ronda), along with David’s own project; a set of three illustrated books inspired by the Schubert song cycles, Die Schone Mullerin, Winterreise, and Schwanengesang. Books and prints will also available.

Originally from Tasmania, Armitage is a well-respected artist who has sold work around the world and is a best-selling children’s illustrator with over 35 books to his name.

Artist day:
Sunday 2nd August, 1-5pm
Free and welcome to all to attend

Exhibition dates:
31st July - 19th October 2020
Whole venue (please note Boiler Room work closes on 11th October)

Avant-Garde Hair & Jewellery (POSTPONED UNTIL 2021)

20 Apr 2020

The Jam Factory is pleased to present 'Avant-Garde Hair & Jewellery', a collaborative exhibition between award-winning hair artist Anne Veck and designer jeweller Chloe Mellen of 'Dirty French Girl' Jewellery.

Artist Evening:
Sunday 3rd May, 6-8pm
Free and welcome to all to attend

Exhibition dates:
21st April - 31st May 2020
Boiler Room Gallery

Oxfordshire Artweeks Venue 382:

Oscar Wilde once said ‘Life imitates art far more than art imitates life’... but what about living art? What about artistic practices that allow the wearers to become art themselves? For the last 39 years Oxfordshire Artweeks has introduced the county to an impressive range of mediums each May in the UK’s largest open artist studios and pop-up exhibition festival, but this year is the first that a human material has been presented... hair!

In this exhibition of alchemy, where fashion and art merge to create something completely new, award-winning hair artist Anne Veck and her daughter Chloe Mellen of Dirty French Girl Jewellery present ‘Avant-Garde Hair & Jewellery’ in our Boiler Room Gallery. Featuring a portfolio of stunning photography in which Anne Veck transforms hair into sculptural forms, and an array of unique designer jewellery pieces that often take inspiration from human form, the two different practices marry with a fascinating collaborative project. A small collection of jewellery items that double up as hairdressing tools are a fitting conclusion to the conversation between each artist’s work. A ring that can be used to section hair and a bracelet that holds hairbands between its teeth are examples of harmonious fusion between ideas; practical and stylish, the aesthetic is undeniably Dirty French Girl and the practicality signature of Anne Veck. Experience art, design and the avant-garde at The Jam Factory until 31st May.


04 Mar 2020

The Jam Factory is pleased to present 'MASAYA: The Power of the Female Collective', an exhibition by Plutonyka as part of the Oxford International Women's Day Festival.

Inauguration Event, including live performance and Q&A:
Sunday 8th March, 4-6pm
The Boiler Room Gallery at The Jam Factory

Exhibition dates:
4th March - 19th April 2020

Oxford International Women’s Festival is bringing a powerful line up of events to the city this year, celebrating women’s strengths, successes and solidarity. As always, the message is best delivered through arts and culture, which brings into question the role of women in art, historically and in a contemporary context. For instance, what does a female collective look like? The festival addresses this with ‘MASAYA: The Power of the Female Collective’, a photography exhibition in The Jam Factory’s Boiler Room Gallery.


MASAYA is a community project that works to empower women survivors of sexual violence through creative workshops. The exhibition showcases the work created by women and girls in these workshops across Oxfordshire, in collaboration with organisations such as OSARCC (Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre) and YWMP (Young Women’s Music Project). Workshops themes include ‘vocal’, ‘mask’ and ‘body sculpture’, resulting in a dynamic collection of images and live performance art.

The exhibition invites the public to join the discussion with a celebratory inauguration event on International Women’s Day that gives a face, voice and movement to these survivors. Explore the power of the female collective on Sunday 8th March, 4-6pm.


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