January 12, 2013 - Modern Art Oxford - Director
January 12, 2013


Haegue Yang, Teacher of Dance, 2011. Installation view, Modern Art Oxford 10 June 2011. Photo: Stuart Whipps.

Modern Art Oxford seeks new Director

Modern Art Oxford

30 Pembroke Street
Oxford OX1 1BP


Modern Art Oxford is a leading organisation in the UK for the presentation of contemporary art. The gallery has a strong national and international reputation established during 48 years of influential exhibition-making.

The Council of Management is now seeking to appoint a creative and dynamic director to lead Modern Art Oxford during a key phase in its history. The successful candidate will be required to shape the future direction of the organisation, and to ensure the continuation of its vital role in the development and understanding of contemporary art.  

Modern Art Oxford has presented the first UK solo exhibitions of work by artists including Joseph Beuys, Donald Judd, Sol le Witt, Marina Abramovic, Thomas Houseago and Jenny Saville. It introduced figures such as Rodchenko and Mayakovsky to UK audiences and continues to programme the work of both emerging and established practitioners from across the globe. Modern Art Oxford’s previous Directors include Sir Nicholas Serota, David Elliott and the late Michael Stanley. 

The new Director will be responsible to the Council of Management for the leadership and strategic direction of the organisation. He or she will formulate the vision and ensure its successful implementation in consultation with the Council and with the support of the Senior Management Team. The Director will have overall responsibility for all aspects of the organisation’s work, including artistic, financial, operational, commercial and fundraising activities. 

50 Years of Excellence
Modern Art Oxford was founded in 1965 by a small group of artists and architects. During its early years, the gallery was championed by British luminaries including Henry Moore, John Piper and David Hockney. Today, the central aim of the gallery is to enable leading contemporary artists to contribute to a vital and relevant programme of visual art. This is supported by innovative learning and engagement projects that widen the understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts for a broad range of audiences.

The period from 2013 to 2015 and beyond represents an important moment in Modern Art Oxford’s history. The gallery’s 50th anniversary in 2015 provides a compelling opportunity to celebrate its rich history and to shape an ambitious future. We are also developing plans to address the gallery’s long-term capital aspirations and are working to radically reshape our commercial and fundraising activities.  

This is a moment of great excitement and opportunity for Modern Art Oxford at a time when contemporary art and culture is as essential as ever to informing how we think about and live with one another in the world around us.

Modern Art Oxford is funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation and receives regular funding from Oxford City Council.

For more information including details of how to apply, click here.


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