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2015 Festival News

Festival Reviews

A selection of reviews of events from MCS Arts Festival Oxford 2015


Festival News: 3rd July

Madrigals proved as popular as ever as the closing event of MCS Arts Festival Oxford. A large crowd of picnickers...


Festival News: 2nd July

A small group gathered in the Print Rooms at the Ashmolean to be treated to an erudite and fascinating talk, introducing them...


Festival News: 1st July

In Nicola Rivelli’s absence, Zhong Yang, one of the festival’s resident artists, led a fascinating session on abstract sculpture us...


Festival News: 30th June

In the heat of the afternoon, the cool Medieval stone calm of the Old Library at the University Church provided the perfect sett...

Festival News: 29th June

Phillip Joyce, chairman of The Oxford Photographic Society gave an in depth review of essential photographic concepts, teaching...

Festival News: 28th June

Arts & Crafts Day begun with Josephine Lyon hosting a masterclass at the Jam Factory, looking at proportions, outlines...

Festival News: 27th June

From sword fighting to falconry, collagraph workshops to archery, Medieval Day at the Oxford Castle was bursting with...

Festival News: 26th June

The Gifford’s Circus Open Rehearsal provided a unique insight into the mysterious and intriguing world of a mode...

Festival News: 25th June

Jacqueline Thalmann, curator at the Christ Church Picture Gallery, treated guests to a morning of art in the sple...

Festival News: 24th June

MCS Arts Festival Oxford 2015 got into its groove on Wednesday 24th June as hundreds enjoyed Jazz on the Isla...

Artist Tara Benjamin-Morgan

In the fifth installment of our Adults Art series, we talked with Tara Benjamin-Morgan about skeletal inspiration, ‘experimental’ art and her favourite memento mori.


UK Performance Poetry

In the run up to our Oxfordshire Youth Poetry Slam, we looked at some other UK artists to help us understand the culture...

Heritage writer Roger Hunt

In the run up to Medieval day, we had a chat with Roger Hunt, award-winner heritage writer, blogger and board member of the...

Sketching in the Cast Gallery

In the fourth installment of our Adult Arts series, we talked to Amanda Beck who will be leading the...

Oxford and the Magna Carta

On our Medieval Day, we have two talks exploring the Magna Carta in celebration of the 800th anniversary of this famous...

Wood Carving with Simon Clements

In the third installment of our adult crafting talks, we spoke to wood carver, Simon Clements, about heritage, making punts and...

Poetry and Heritage

Penny Boxall, poet and Education Officer of University Church, is using her knowledge of creative writing and literary history...

Love Your Plane

The second of our talks on adult crafting is with Josh from the Iffley Road shop & gallery Love Your Plane, that alongside print...


From Oxford to Edinburgh

Several of the local comic acts playing MCS Arts Festival Oxford will be transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe...

Performance Poet Steve Larkin

In the run up to The Oxfordshire Youth Poetry Slam, we talked to our workshop leader Steve Larkin – of Hammer...

Oxford Drunken Knitwits

As our Arts and Crafts Day is filled with workshops mostly for adults, from experimental life drawing to lino cutting...

School students unite 

MCS Arts Festival Oxford 2015 in the news!

Oxfordshire Artweeks

Throughout the month of May, artists all over Oxfordshire will fling open their doors and invite you to discover their work, whilst special exhibitions pop