Museum for Object Research

On Now:

Neither Use Nor Ornament exhibition is currently on at OVADA, Oxford and runs until 28 April. Open 12-6pm Thursday to Sunday.

We will be open on Easter Sunday 21 April 12-2pm!

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Neither Use Nor Ornament showcases the work of 14 artists, including writers, who engage with objects in their practice and includes performance, photography, new writing, art walks, sound art, drawing, digital art, sculpture and installation.
Exhibition open between 12-6pm Thursday to Sunday until 28th April.

Visit Katherine May’s NUNO project:
Can We Talk?
Katherine May and Sonia Boué in conversation
(link takes you to new website)

Artist panel and tour
with artists Sonia Bouè, Jenni Dutton, and Dawn Cole
An opportunity to meet three of the contributing artists to this pioneering exhibition and hear them in conversation about their work with curator Sarah Mossop.
Saturday 20 April 2 – 4pm at OVADA
Event is free.


Our opening at the OVADA gallery (30 March 2019) was well attended and extremely well-received. Visits from the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, and MP Annalise Dodds were among the highlights. The exhibition itself, two performances by Naomi Morris, and a live poetry reading by Rhiannon Lloyd-Williams created many memorable moments.

View our opening day gallery here.

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