ROQ Oxford Public Art Strategy and Programme

Modus Operandi was appointed by the University of Oxford to write the Public Art Strategy for the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (ROQ), the University's major expansion project.  Within the parameters of the 10 acre site, Modus Operandi has proposed collaborations between artists, architects and landscape architects, with the aim that art will form a unique and resonant element of the development.


Launched in 2013, Tracing Venus, the ROQ Public Art Strategy and Programme is overseen by the University's Public Art Sub-Committee.  The Strategy will act as the overarching framework for Modus Operandi’s curation of the art programme for the Quarter, which comprises permanent integrated art as well as a programme of temporary interventions, artists’ residencies and research projects.  It also acts as the context for individual art plans and programmes for the new and refurbished buildings on site: the Radcliffe Infirmary, the Mathematics Institute, Somerville College, New Radcliffe House and the Blavatnik School of Government.





2010 - present

Image credit

The Observatory from the south east from R. Ackermann, A History of the University of Oxford, 1814. Image courtesy Green Templeton College.