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.


Oct 16

'Desire Lines, The Public Art of Tess Jaray'

A new publication Desire Lines, The Public Art of Tess Jaray has been launched by Ridinghouse.


Drawing together ten of Tess Jaray's important public commissions, it considers the dynamics of form, pattern and colour integral to the artist’s work and the extended investigation of space and perspective in her projects for the public realm.


The Preface is written by Vivien Lovell, Director, Modus Operandi (who has curated four of Jaray's commissions) with text by Charles Darwent and an interview with the artist by Doro Globus.


Mar 16

Adam Dant William Shakespeare's Shordiche 2016

Westgate Oxford Artist Workshops

An excting range of workshops will be delivered throughout April as part of the Westgate Oxford Public Art Programme commissioned by Westgate Oxford Alliance and curated by Modus Operandi. The programme launches with:


Adam Dant's globe printing workshop  

For the ‘Westgate Cultural Meridian’ project  


2 April 2016 11.00am — 3.00pm


Bodleian's hand-press workshop in the Old Bodleian Library

entrance from the Old Schools Quadrangle


Following the techniques of Renaissance globe-makers, and possibly inventing new methods, this workshop will create 3-dimensional globes from 2-dimensional prints. Led by artist Adam Dant with printer Richard Lawrence. 


The workshop forms part of Adam Dant's Westgate Cultural Meridian project, commissioned for the Westgate Oxford Public Art Programme.


Further information on Adam Dant's commission, booking for the workshop and details of the Westgate Oxford Public Art Programme, visit:


Mar 16

So our Rivers Flow, by Keith Tyson

W5, New Burlington Place, 2016

'So our Rivers Flow', by Keith Tyson opening this week!

This week sees the official opening of So our Rivers Flow, by Keith Tyson, a major commission, that forms the glazing to the exterior wall of W5, New Burlington Place, a new development designed by AHMM for The Crown Estate.


Conceived from a series of ‘nature paintings’ and executed for W5 as a sequence of digital images, printed onto glass and back-lit, the work takes London, with its ever-changing dynamic built around the River Thames, as its inspiration.


Curated by Modus Operandi.