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.

  • Self Portrait with Portals by Jenni Dutton

    September 20, 2014 Originally posted here Rarely am I moved to actual tears by a piece of writing but Jenni Dutton’s marvellous Self Portrait with Portals has touched on something deep. How do we connect with memory and what happens to memory over time? What is the role of the object in keeping us together, in keeping us whole. I ... read more...
  • Wäuwäu by Marion Michell

    September 17, 2014 Originally posted here The museum is honoured to have Marion Michell as a contributor with this startlingly beautiful and affecting post illustrating the rich layers of meaning contained within the object. Filial love, politics and an early memory of the genesis of an art practice are but some of the strands Marion explores. She asks if such ... read more...
  • Shifting around and light bulb moments…by Sonia Boué

    September 15, 2014 Originally posted here Today my task in the studio was to adapt my working space. Yet again the objects that surround me were in flux. How many times have I arranged and rearranged, destroying one order and function to create another? The studio had become an installation for a weekend of Open Studios and while this is ... read more...
  • Guest post by Elena Thomas!

    September 14, 2014 Originally posted here Thank you Elena for stepping up with a fantastic first piece for the museum! Handling quite beautifully the power of objects to suggest narrative and provide a springboard for creative elaborations her post enables a tantalising glimpse of one object artist’s practice. I wonder if this rings any bells with other object artists? The ... read more...