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íThe Full Picture: Oxford in Portraitsí


Sarah Jane Moon’s portrait of Dr Henry Odili Nwume will be on display as part of ’The Full Picture: Oxford in Portraits’ from today.

The exhibition features more than 20 paintings, drawings, and photographs commissioned earlier this year as part of the Diversifying Portraiture project.

The project aims to broaden the range of people represented around the University and features living Oxonians including BBC journalist Reeta Chakrabarti, eminent astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, human rights activist Kumi Naidoo, film and television director Ken Loach, and broadcaster and charity campaigner Dame Esther Rantzen.

The exhibition – free and open to the public – featurescurrent academics and former students: a mixture of individuals including people with disabilities, people from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and people from LGBTQ+ communities. Sitters were selected from over a hundred nominations of living Oxonians.

The project, funded by the Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Fund, has already catalogued existing paintings from around the University that highlight the range of pioneering figures whose achievements over the centuries have challenged the stereotypes of their time.

Sarah Jane says
’Painting Henry was an absolute pleasure. A quiet, thoughtful and considered man who has already achieved so much in life. The books behind him are a varied mix and many reference his abiding interest in post traumatic stress in the military especially. The St Christopher he holds was his mothers, the boots are also significant and the glove, stained with blood, refers to fallen friends. The helmet was one he wore in the Winter Olympics when representing the British bobsledding team.’

Opening times:
Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
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