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Fine art

Our fine art exhibition and events aim to delight and inspire students, faculty and the wider community and to create an active dialogue between business and art.  Art is being placed around the building to integrate with the architecture and the lives of the students and the wider school community. 

The works have been selected thematically and also aesthetically to complement the space bearing in mind that the school is a working building and not a gallery. 

The programme has been made possible by the very generous support of Baxterstorey. 

We are very grateful to those who have loaned work to the exhibition - the Arts Council Collection, the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust, The Alan Cristea Gallery and Zuleika Gallery. 

Current exhibition

This exhibition focuses on the work of the British Avant Garde from the mid 20th Century to the present day and features work by St Ives artists, Sandra Blow, Terry Frost, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Alexander MacKenzie and Bryan Wynter.

The long corridor features work by Pop artist Patrick Caulfield, whose screenprints illustrate the poems by Jules Laforgue. Included here is also a beautiful etching by the late Howard Hodgkin, Moroccan Door.

More recent abstract and contemporary work is hung throughout the Thatcher Business Education Centre, and includes work by leading British ceramicist, Claudia Clare, who has kindly loaned her pot ‘Remembering Nelson Mandela’, as well as contemporary artists Peter Davies and Nicholas May.

Guided art tours

This is your opportunity to explore modern and contemporary art. Curator Lizzie Collins runs fortnightly guided tours on Mondays at 2pm.
Find out more and book your place


We currently do not have any upcoming talks as part of the Art at Oxford Saïd series.

Please watch out for updates or, if you are not a current student, staff or faculty member, email to be added to our events mailing list.

Previous talks

Landscape and time: Julie Brook, 24 January 2018

The interconnectedness of life and work, the influence of landscape, especially over time, and the importance of ‘making’ were some of the major themes that ran through Julie Brook’s talk about her work on 24 January 2018 as part of the Art at Oxford Saïd series.
Read a full write-up of the talk

Destination St Ives: Michel Bird, 9 November 2017

In the second talk of the Art at Saïd Business School series, author and art historian Michael Bird introduced the work of a succession of artists who were associated with St Ives in Cornwall – bringing, as he said, ‘a little ocean sound and vision’ into a lecture theatre in the city that is about as far as you can get from the sea in England.
Read a full write-up of the talk 

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, 13 September 2017

Stephen visited the school on Wednesday 13th September to talk about his work as a National Geographic Photographer and his latest project, the Ancient Art Archive. The talk looked at how visual communication has been at the core of human activity since time immemorial, and discussed the use of visual communication in today’s digital age.
Read a full write-up of the talk