A riot of shapes and colours presented a feast for the eyes in the art work on show at the Oxford Academy’s 2016 art exhibition. The open day on July 2nd was part of ‘Oxford Festival of the Arts,’ an initiative which began in 2008 at Magdalen College School and aims to celebrate the diverse communities of Oxford through the arts. “This is our first year in the festival, but we put on a celebration of the students’ art work every year,” explained Jaclyn Wild, Head of Art at The Oxford Academy. The work will remain on show to the public as part of the school’s OX4 community project until the end of this school term and prints can be purchased from the reception with proceeds going towards next year’s festival.
A diversity of art was on show on the day including sketches and paintings, design and technology, performance art and photography, including the unveiling of the winner of the third annual ‘Leys Young Photographer of the Year 2016’ competition.
Focusing on themes of ‘atmospheres’ and ‘textures’, the photographs of subjects as varied as leaves, a flower, and a tyre were both beautiful and interesting and belied the fact that the photographers are aged between 9 and 18 years old.
The competition is run by Thrive Leys, formerly the Leys Youth Programme, a scheme that offers mentoring and clubs to the area’s young people.
Robin Peake, development manager at Thrive, said: “The competition was started four years ago after a local young person won a national photography competition and suggested we do something similar locally. The photographs submitted were very good and the young people involved should be proud.”
The overall competition winner was Jessica Tyrrell, 12, (pictured below) who said: ” I entered the competition because I like taking photos. I took a photo of a reflection in water. I’m excited about winning and I might enter again next year.”