A first look at the exhibitions and art fairs in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this year


Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality exhibition at the Ashmolean in Oxford.
Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality exhibition at the Ashmolean in Oxford.

Our guide to the must-see exhibitions and art events in Oxfordshire this year

Oxford is absolutely rammed full of amazing art galleries and museums. Check out our editors’ picks of the best art shows running or coming up in the city at some of our world-class museums and art galleries.

Want to discover the stories of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb? Want to explore transitional states of being? Want to see objects from the centre of a Bronze Age civilisation? You can find it all right here on your doorstep.

And not to forget that the Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival takes place from 06 to 29 May 2023, during which you will be able to feast your eyes on a diverse range of creative activity by hundreds of artists, makers and designers in artists’ studios, pop-up galleries, glorious gardens, ancient churches, medieval tithe barns and hundreds of other amazing venues across Oxfordshire.

So here you go. We’ve your next art outing sorted with the guide to the must-see exhibitions and art events in Oxfordshire. You know, the ones you absolutely can’t miss.

And while all of our galleries and museums are open as usual, we recommend that you check their websites before visiting, as you may need to book a time slot in advance.

  • Dia al-Azzawi – Painting Poetry

    Dia al-Azzawi – Painting Poetry

    When: Until 11 June
    Where: Ashmolean Museum

    This free exhibition presents artworks and ‘dafatir’ from Dia al-Azzawi, an internationally recognised Iraqi painter and sculptor who has been living and working in London since the late 1970s. Dia al-Azzawi is best known for monumental and colourful canvasses, and his work spans many genres, including a type of artist book known in Arabic as ‘dafatir’.

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  • Carey Young

    Carey Young

    When: Until 02 July
    Where: Modern Art Oxford

    In this major new exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, Carey Young (b. 1970, lives and works in London) focuses her astute vision on female identity with works depicting women working in law and industry, which invite viewers into new perceptions of systemic power, gender and justice. An associated selection of Young’s compelling text and photographic works will connect law, power and visual culture.

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  • About Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality

    About Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality

    When: From 10 February
    Where: Ashmolean Museum

    The palace of Knossos, discovered and excavated over 100 years ago, was the centre of a Bronze Age civilisation of people we now call the Minoans, named after the legendary King Minos. This will be the first UK exhibition to focus on Knossos and will include over 100 objects that have never left Crete and Greece before, alongside discoveries from the Ashmolean’s Sir Arthur Evans Archive.

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  • Boundary Encounters

    Boundary Encounters

    When: 22 July to 29 October
    Where: Modern Art Oxford

    Boundary Encounters is a summer show of residencies, projects and live events at Modern Art Oxford, including new work from artists Valerie Asiimwe Amani, Julie Freeman and Harold Offeh. The exhibition features an interactive display of projects and events collaboratively selected from Modern Art Oxford’s archives, celebrating social learning experiences with creative communities living in Oxfordshire and beyond.

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  • Monica Sjöö

    Monica Sjöö

    When: 18 November to 25 February
    Where: Modern Art Oxford

    This significant new survey exhibition of Swedish artist, activist, writer and eco-feminist Monica Sjöö (1938-2005) at Modern Art Oxford emphasises Sjöö’s advocacy for gender justice, eco-feminism, matriarchy and social equities – made visible in her artistic practice and activist commitment alike. The exhibition is curated in partnership with Moderna Museet, Stockholm, where it will be presented from 13 May – 18 October 2023.  

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Looking for more exhibitions in Oxford and across Oxfordshire? Discover our full calender of exhibitions.

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