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Modern Art Oxford offers professional development opportunities for young people aged 16-21. Working with schools and partner organisations, we support a culture of learning and participation, providing a creative space for young people to map out pathways for their own artistic development in Oxford.

City as Studio 2020: Citizens of the Universe

Now in its third year, City as Studio is an artist-led project for students from Oxford Spires Academy, Cheney School and City of Oxford College. The students work in groups to produce original short art films in response to a curatorial brief. This year the young artists have been responding to Johanna Unzueta: Tools for Life and the upcoming exhibition Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe.

Tasked with creating original short films in response to these sculptural practices, the young artists explored the moving image to express their current concerns, using the materials around them as tools to explore what makes them a “Citizen of the Universe”.

Due to the current crisis not all of the young artists have had the opportunity to complete shooting their final films. Despite not all groups finishing their final projects, all schools have participated in three filmmaking workshops. The showreel below, accompanied with words from Lead Artist on the project Kate Mahoney, shows the outcomes of these workshops:

The young artists in Year 10 and 12 from Oxford Spires Academy are the only group to have currently completed their final films. The remaining projects will be completed once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, check out the young artists’ work-in-progress via their Padlet archive below, where they share their storyboards, workshop notes and inspiration images.

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City as Studio 2018/2019: Moving Image

Modern Art Oxford’s second annual project with schools explored digital moving image.

‘Collaboratively we were interested in investigating diversity, multiculturalism and drug addiction in our city. It was such a good opportunity for us to work alongside Modern Art Oxford and take time to really explore the alternative aesthetic of the city through the eyes of young contemporaries like us.’

– Phoebe, student filmmaker. ⠀

Watch the student’s finished film shorts in the below showreel designed by the project’s Lead Artist, Kate Mahony.

Follow the project below on our digital gallery Padlet.

City as Studio 2017/2018: Photographs of Oxford by Young Artists

From November 2017 – June 2018 Modern Art Oxford worked with over 50 young people (16 – 18 years old) from two local state schools and a college to create photographic journeys through the city from the perspective of the students.


This co-production has enabled an in-depth experience of making art, and the professional presentation of creative works. The resulting publication, City as Studio: Photographs of Oxford by Young Artists, invites readers to learn from their insights and is a creative response to vital questions for visual art.

This project has been made possible with support from University of Oxford’s Small Community Grants Scheme and those who wish to remain anonymous.