Artist Opportunity – SOUND ARTISTS

@Bodleian Libraries

Sensational Books – Professor Emma Smith, University of Oxford and Kathryn Rudy, an art historian, medievalist and weaver based at the University of St Andrews are exploring encounters with the book beyond reading.


Fusion Arts is collaborating with the Bodleian Libraries to work with artists to explore the book as an object engaging senses beyond sight in the exhibition room and explore the sonic qualities of library material.


We plan to run two workshops (February 2020) where artists, the exhibition curators and library staff can interact with some of the exhibits from the exhibition to explore this theme.  Following the workshop artists will be invited to submit proposals that respond to the exhibits and reveal aspects of the immersive experience of the book.


The artwork/artworks created may be an installation, a performance, a composed piece, an instrument and/or sculpture.  [up to £1000 for each exhibiting artist with additional funds available for fabrication of artworks]


These artworks will form part of the Weston Library’s Summer Exhibition 2020


Expressions of Interest / applications to be received no later than 12pm 20th January 2020. 


Click here for full details: Sensational_Books_Open_Call

Please contact Fusion Arts for more information and for submissions.

YPDC – Still places for 2020!

The Young Person’s Drawing Club is a series of focussed and fun drawing classes for children aged 10-15 years old, led by Royal Drawing School graduate, Grace Exley. It is aimed at young people who enjoy drawing and who want to improve their drawing skills.

For this coming term the club will be based entirely at the Museum of Natural History. This is a great privilege, as the museum will be closed to the public for part of the time that we are there and we will have special, hands on access to behind-the-scenes parts of the collection.

The fee for this term is £50. All materials will be included.

There is an option for your child to either meet the rest of the club at the museum, or to meet at Fusion Arts on Princes St. and go, as part of a group, in a large taxi. This option is an extra £25 for the term, (£2.50 per journey). Should your child take the taxi option, they will be fully chaperoned by either Grace or her assistant, Cathrin.

Please contact Fusion Arts to discuss enrolment, payment options, or availability of subsidised places, either by telephone: (01865) 245735

or via email:

Portrait Group (untutored)


Ever wanted to try your hand at portraiture? New from September, weekly classes will be starting up on a drop-in basis. You will have the opportunity to work from a clothed model.


Bring your own materials for your preferred medium. Easels provided if needed.


Sessions will be £10 per session including tea and coffee. Feel free to bring your own lunch.


Max. 15 participants.


Starting Wednesday 18th September 2019, 12-3pm 

New Photography courses – Analogue, Eco and Cameraless 

Coming up this week at Fusion Arts – three exciting photography courses involving a range of exciting techniques.


Photography developing with camera


Sun 18th August
Induction to the Darkroom, 10am-1pm or 2-5pm (half day workshop am or pm)
Bring a roll of black & white film you have already shot and we will take you through the darkroom process of developing your film, making a contact sheet and making an enlargement print of an image from your role. This workshop is ideal for people who have some darkroom experience but would like a refresher course and are interested in becoming a Fusion Darkroom user.

Max. participants: 3
Cost: £35 (including materials)

Book your place here > 


Sun 4th August, Fri 16th August & Sat 24th August (select one of three dates)
Cameraless Photography Workshop, 10am-4pm
This workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of experimental alternative photography. Try out Cyanotype, Chemigram and Photogram techniques all in one day.  No experience necessary, all materials supplied.

Max. participants: 6
Cost: £75 (including materials, coffee/tea and snacks).

Book your place here >


Sat 3rd August
Eco Photography, 10am—4pm
Did you know, developer, stop, and fix can all be made with products found in your local grocery shop? Coffee, wine, beet juice and tomato soup can all be used with impressive results! Learn how to develop a roll of black and white film and print an image using a homemade eco substitute developer.

Book your place here > 


Fri 2nd August
Intro to Analogue Photography, 10am-4pm
The magic begins when you load a roll of film into your camera and release the shutter. The pictures taken on a roll of film come to life when the film is processed in a darkroom. Process black and white film in the darkroom and print photographs from the roll of film you have shot.

Book your place here >

Edinburgh Fringe preview – Hooky Productions presents, Sis!

2 sisters. 1 childhood. 0 boundaries. Sketch comedy written + performed by sisters, Rosa + Maya Thomas

Hooky Productions present a new sketch comedy written and performed by two sisters, Rosa and Maya Thomas (22 and 20).

Follow the mad, painful and hilarious transition from babyhood to adulthood.

Tickets: FREE, available via Eventbrite @Hooky_Productions
Date: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July
Time: 7pm
Venue: Fusion Arts

Upcycled Sounds and Fusion Arts launch new gig, studio and exhibition space

We’re excited to share that Upcycled Sounds are launching a pop-up recording studio, gig and exhibition space in our new Temple Cowley space. The space is launching with a gig featuring artists from Upcycled Sounds Records on Wednesday 17th July.


Hannah Jacobs, Upcycled Sounds says:


“Finding affordable creative space in Oxford is so challenging and we’re very excited to be teaming up with Fusion Arts to transform a space which has been empty for years into a thriving recording studio and community gig space.”


The studio is being built by volunteers from the Upcycled Sounds artist collective over the next couple of weeks, in line with their strong environmental ethos. Alongside state-of-the-art audio equipment, they are sourcing sustainable materials from local organisations, RAW Workshop, Oxford Wood Recycling and Orinoco Scrapstore.


We look forward to sharing news with you of upcoming gigs and events.


Date: Wednesday 17th July.
Doors: 7.30pm. Tickets: £4 in advance
Location: Temple Cowley, Between Towns Road

Tickets are available via We Got Tickets.

Introduction to Screenprinting

Introduction to Screenprinting

Want to try your hand at screenprinting? Come along to this two-hour session and learn about the various techniques and processes involved.

You’ll have expert artists on hand to help you with each step – and you’ll get to create and take home your own poster print and tote bag!

The workshop will run from 7pm-9pm on Thursday 11th July 2019 at East Oxford Community Centre on Cowley Road.

Run in partnership with Parasol and Fusion Arts. For ages 18 and over. No experience necessary.

We have a limited number of spaces so if you’d like to take part, do contact us on:    

Call for Artists to Exhibit in Cowley, Oxford 

Fusion Arts and Upcycled Sounds are inviting artists to submit proposals to hold an exhibition in a shop front in Cowley, Oxford. This brilliant space is highly visible and attracts a large footfall, and is a fantastic opportunity for engagement.

Types of exhibits can include, though are not limited to:

  • performance
  • visual arts
  • multimedia
  • photography
  • interactive
  • workshops

The largest wall space is approx. 4m x 2m with additional walls and large glass frontage, with floor space available for freestanding work.

Exhibits can be viewable when the space is closed, however we expect that exhibit will be open to the public to visit on certain days. Regular events will be held in the attached venue.

Exhibition slots are available from 2 – 4 weeks from the end of June onwards.

If you have any questions about support for funding, do get in touch with us. 

Please submit your proposal to:    

Design and Make Workshop

Parasol and Fusion Arts have partnered up to offer an exciting workshop where you will be able to assemble and personalise your own artist’s toolbox.

The workshop will run from 6.30pm-8.30pm on Thursday 27th June 2019 and will take place in the East Oxford Community Centre on Cowley Road.

We have a limited number of spaces so if you would like to get involved, please get in touch with us on:    


Monday Drawing with Grace Exley at the Museum of Natural History

Artist Grace Exley will be running drawing sessions from 12-2pm every Monday, at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, up until the end of June.

In this free drop-in event, Grace will be on hand offering short tutorials and advice. With the museum collections as a focus point, she will be exploring a different aspect of drawing each week.

Some drawing materials will be available and feel free to bring your own sketchbooks and materials too.

Monday 3rd June, 12-2pm – Special emphasis on depth and measurement

Monday 10th June, 12-2pm – Drawing through microscopes

Monday 17th June, 12-2pm – Architectural aspects of the museum, starting with a short talk

Monday 24th June, 12-2pm – ‘In the style of’ – using the drawing styles of famous artists as a starting point to inspire the way we make drawings from the museum collections.



As part of an exciting partnership with the awesome Tandem Collective we are recruiting a Communications and Marketing Coordinator to work across both organisations.

If you’re passionate about Arts, Social Justice and Marketing? Get in touch. 

Communications and Marketing Coordinator Tandem Collective and Fusion Arts


The deadline for applications is 11th February midnight. Interviews likely to take place will 14th/15th


Volunteer on our pioneering Story Makers project

Story Makers is a creative arts project for children aged 7-11 with speech, language and communication needs.


The project takes the form of weekly after school art sessions from January – March 2019. Sessions will be held in schools and at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. Participating children are given the chance to share their creativity, discover and explore their experiences using art materials and imagination.


As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to develop your skills alongside an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, Speech and Language Therapists, School Teaching Assistants and experienced volunteers as well as museum educational staff.


Experience of working with young people and in the creative arts would be an advantage although not essential. This opportunity would suit an individual looking to become an arts facilitator or individuals with an interest in communication and child development. Volunteers will need to be available for twelve weekly after school art sessions over the course of the project.


Please send expressions of interest along with a CV to:    


Read about the project background here



Introducing the YPDC…

The Young Person’s Drawing Club is a set of weekly, after school classes run by Fusion Arts, where children are taught various techniques and exercises to build up their drawing skills. Primarily, these will be observation based, but there will also be classes where we will be making expressive drawings from memory and from the imagination. Tone, measurement, mark making and the use of different drawing materials will be explored in the first block of classes.


At the end of the 6 weeksan exhibition of work made at the club will go on show at Fusion, to co-inside with half term week. The dates of the show are 18th February until the 3rd March 2019 and this exhibition will be open to the public.


The are two free taster sessions this month which will be based around portraiture, with live, clothed models. These two sessions will be very similar to one another but feel free to let your child attend both if they want to! They will be on Monday 10th and Monday 17th December 4 – 5:30pm.  


For young people 10-15yrs  

Thursday’s 4-5.30pm 

6 week course, starting 10th January

£45 per term, subsidised places available


Contact us for a booking form, information pack, or with any questions: 01865 245735

OPPORTUNITY for 16-25yr olds 


ARE YOU 16-25

ARE YOU CREATIVE, INTERESTED IN THE ARTS. This is an amazing opportunity to learn digital skills, meet and record stories of the Windrush generation, learn about British History and create artworks in response alongside professional artists.


On the iCreative Windrush – Next Generations programme you will join contemporary artists Rachel Barbaresi and Amantha Edmead.   You will have opportunity to gain creative digital skills making artworks in response to the Windrush stories an important part of British and local history.  You will get opportunity to learn about digital sound recording techniques through capturing and documenting voices of the Windrush generations. Over the course of the project you will gain valuable digital skills, building up a portfolio of work that can form part of your CV.


Over the project you will meet a variety of professional artists and get to respond to the subject matter in your own way possibly through, drawing, painting, sculpture, dance, poetry, theatre, learning about curation and creating digital and non-digital artworks which will form part of the Windrush Years – Next Generations Exhibition at the Museum of Oxford, Town Hall, an exhibition by ACHKI (Afrikan Caribbean Kultural Heritage Initiative) and BK LUWO.”


Check out previous iCREATIVE projects here:

and here, “Pigeons over Paradise Square” :


To apply or ask questions about getting involved please send an email direct to Fusion Arts – titled “iCreative Windrush” tell us your name, and why you want to be involved (a couple of sentences will be fine) you’ll need to be 16-25, have a national insurance number or eligible to apply for one and available on most Thursdays (see dates).

[please see our privacy notice regarding GDPR here:]


They’ll be opportunity to get Arts Award qualifications to if you’re interested.


This is a rare opportunity to be part of a small group learning hands on creative and digital skills, meeting industry professionals and having work in an exhibition


Travel and other expenses are available for those on low income


Supported by Oxford City Council, the European Social Fund and the Museum of Oxford


Taster Sessions


Thursday 6th December

Thursday 13 December

Project Sessions

Day 1 – Thursday 10th January

Day 2 – Thursday 17th January

Day 3 – Thursday 24th January

Day 4 – Thursday 31st January

Day 5 – Thursday 7th February

Day 6 – Thursday 14th February

Day 7 – Thursday 21st February

Day 8 – Friday 22nd February Exhibition Event Evening






1947 is part of British history. The exhibition tells the stories of migration of millions of people from that region. Farhat Chaudhry expresses herself by transferring these stories onto canvas, and in sketches, sculptures and film. The bold work expresses the suffering of people during the divide.

Join the artist for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 29th September 6-8pm.

For exhibition opening times, contact Fusion on 01865 245735/