Jan 20

image by David Moore

Launch of Berkeley Square Public Art Programme

Circling the Square, a new commission by Kate Davis and David Moore at Berkeley Square, opened this month.

Marking the start of a three-year programme of temporary artworks commissioned by 

Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, curated by Modus Operandi, the installation forms a place to meet and sit within the new expanse of public realm.

Research into the area and dialogue between the artists and community representatives inspired the form and visual imagery of the sculpture. The flanking panels of the sculpture bear richly coloured imagery, text information and an acrostic poem by Mark Ward, inspired by some of the unique qualities of Mayfair.

Circling the Square will be place until the end of May 2020. It will be followed by a twice-yearly rotation of site-inspired installations that draw from aspects of the locality, its communities, architecture and institutions.


Oct 18

David Batchelor. 'Homage to Dr Mirabilis', 2018, Westgate Oxford

Image credit: Ben Westoby

Launch of 'Art at Westgate' on 2nd November

Art at Westgate, a programme of public art featuring work by some of the most respected artists in Britain and mainland Europe today: David Batchelor, Daniela Schönbächler, Rana Begum, Nicky Hirst and William Cobbing launches Friday 2nd November 2018.

Focusing on Art & Public Space within the context of Westgate, this special event brings together all five commissioned artists in a discussion chaired by Director of Modern Art Oxford, Paul Hobson. 


3 – 4pm: Curator-led tour of commissioned artworks at Westgate

Meeting point – Bonn Square, Oxford

4.30-5.45pm: Artists’ Panel Discussion followed by a drinks reception
Modern Art Oxford


Tickets just: £6 (£4 concession) ticket price includes free entry into the panel discussion and drinks reception. 


To book visit tickets visit : https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/art-westgate-art-tour-artists-panel-discussion/


With special thanks to Modern Art Oxford for generously hosting the event.

With thanks to the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom for providing Swiss sparkling wine for the Art at Westgate reception.


Art at Westgate is a programme of artworks commissioned by Westgate Alliance for Westgate, curated by Modus Operandi. 


Sep 18

'Light' - a musical composition inspired by Andrew Motion's Lightwell poem commissioned for St Martin-in-the-Fields

Announcing the recent premiere of LIGHT, a chamber music composition by Julie Cooper, inspired by former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion’s poem for the lightwell balustrade at

St Martin-in-the-Fields!


The performance by the acclaimed soprano Grace Davidson, can be viewed: 



Julie Cooper is an established award-winning British composer for the concert platform, theatre, film and television.

Andrew Motion’s poem, with lettering designed by Tom Perkins, was commissioned as part of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Art Programme, curated by Modus Operandi: 



Dec 17

Image credit: Ben Westoby

Nicky Hirst commission at Oxford Central Library opens!

This week has seen the re-opening of Oxford Central Library with Nicky Hirst’s new commission Myriad in the Library entrance space and reading areas.

The work, formed of modular cubic motifs, creates the sense of a three-dimensional surface, allowing views through and inviting the viewer into the space.

Myriad is one of six permanent artworks commissioned as part of the Westgate Public Art Programme curated by Modus Operandi which include  

Lantern and Oculus by Daniela Schönbächler and 274 Reflectors by Rana Begum.


Nov 16

St Martin-in-the-Fields Renewal Art Programme

A celebration of the artworks commissioned as part of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Renewal Art Programme curated by Modus Operandi and overseen by the church’s Arts Advisory Panel, took place on 13th November.


The St Martin’s Patronal Festival: The Celebration of Artworks included a tour of the artworks (see below) followed by a service, recognizing the significance of these artworks and the important role St Martin-in-the-Fields has played in the patronage of art. The metalwork commissions by Brian Catling and Giampaolo Babetto were dedicated during the service, which was led by Revd Dr Sam Wells and Revd Katherine Hedderly.


The artworks include Crib, Tomoaki Suzuki (2004-2006); East Window, Shirazeh Housiary and Pip Horne (2006-2008); Altar, Shirazeh Housiary and Pip Horne (2011); Poem for Lightwell Balustrade, Sir Andrew Motion and Tom Perkins (2007); Processional Cross, Brian Catling (2013); Main Altar and Paschal Candle Holders, Brian Catling (2016); and the Dick Sheppard Chapel Metalwork, Candleholders, Chalice and Paten, Giampaolo Babetto (2015-2016); all commissioned through Modus Operandi, alongside the current loans of Abdu, Gerhard Richter (2009); Parameter, Mark Francis (2012); and Shadow No 66 (triptych), Brad Lochore (1996).


The new publication 'The Art of St Martin-in-the-Fields'  (essays by Neil Macgregor, Samuel Wells, Vivien Lovell and Sir Nicholas Goodison; 44pp; £9.99) is available from the shop at St Martin-in-the-Fields.


Further information on the St Martin-in-the-Fields Art Programme 

Nov 16

Detail of The Otranto Passage Artwork by Kirsty Brooks

Otranto Passage Artwork by Kirsty Brooks

This month has seen the completion of The Otranto Passage Artwork by Kirsty Brooks, curated by Modus Operandi.


This glass artwork was commissioned as part of the Library Extension and Study Centre project for St John's College Oxford by the architects Wright & Wright; it is installed in the Otranto Passage - a hidden corridor within the 17th Century Canterbury Quadrangle. The artist responded to the historical importance of the original library as the heart of learning within the College, by creating an abstract timeline in glass of the first 200 years’ history of St John’s – 1555 to 1755.