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Public Art in Headington

Map showing sites of public art

Follow this pointer to view each piece of art in turn Pointing right 


Twenty-first century

Public art has proliferated in Headington since 2002. This is partly explained by the fact that Policy CP14 of the Oxford Local Plan 2001–2016 sought the provision of public art in association with major development. The public art as approved and implemented has to be retained at all times following its erection unless otherwise agreed in writing beforehand by the Local Planning Authority. The year of the sculpture is shown in red below when it has been provided by developers.

The University of Oxford considers that the Oxford City Council planning guidance for public art should be viewed as an opportunity rather than a requirement. Three artworks were planned as part of the Old Road Campus Public Art Strategy, which addresses the whole site with the establishment of an “aggregated” public art budget, which, rather than being linked to individual buildings, is utilized strategically.

  • The first piece of art in this series was the Origin Sculpture of 2017
  • The second is the Art Seating to the east of the Innovation Building.
  • The third and last piece of public art on the Old Road campus will be on the paving in front of the recently completed IMS-Tetsuya Nakamura Building for the IDRM (Institute of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine).

In reverse order
from 2022

Barton Park
Living Sculptures
Barton Park
(2022)
Barton subway
Murals
Barton Underpass
(2021)
Stansfeld Park
MRI-inspired ohms
Stansfeld Park
(2019)
Stansfeld Park
Mural
Barton Neighbourhood Centre
(2019)
Art seating
Art Seating
Old Road Campus
(2018)
Assembly at Brookes
“Assembly” sculpture
Oxford Brookes University
(2018)
Origin
"Origin" sculpture
Old Road Campus
(2017)
Aslan
Aslan sculpture
Bury Knowle Park
(2017)
Wood Farm mosaic
Mosaic at Wood Farm
Atkyns Road
(2017)
Blueberry pie
Blueberry pie sculpture

Maggie's Centre
(2016)
The Willows
Cricket seats
The Willows, Barton Road
(2016)
Rain pavilion at Brookes
Rain Pavilion
Oxford Brookes University
(2015)
Dragon in Magdalen Wood
Dragon sculpture
Magdalen Wood
(2015)
League of Friends, NOC
League of Friends
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
(2014)
Wall painting, John Radcliffe
KIDS wall painting

John Radcliffe
(2013)
EF seat
Stone Circle seat
EF Int. Language School
(2013)
Horse at NOC
Horse sculpture
Botnar Research Centre
(2013)
Sandhills subway
A40 subway
Risinghurst/Sandhills
(2013)
Armillary Sphere
Armillary Sphere
Churchill Hospital
(2012)
Ruskin mosaic
Mosaic
Ruskin College
(2012)
Slade Barracks ring
Bronze ring
Blackstock Close
(2011)
Sunflowers
Sunflowers
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
(2009)
Warneford sculpture
Sculpture Walk
Warneford Hospital
(2008)
Bonny Banks mosaic
Mosaics in play area
Bernwood Road
(2008)
Underhill Circus
Mosaics and Pillars
Underhill Circus, Barton
(2008)
Stones at the JR
Stones on roundabout
John Radcliffe Hospital
(2008)
Storybook tree
Storybook Tree
Bury Knowle Park
(2005)
Manor Hospital sculpture
United Sculpture
Manor Hospital
(2005)
Peace circle
Peace Circle
Bury Knowle Park
(2002)
Nineteenth and twentieth centuries
The Shark
The Shark
2 New High Street
(1986)
Vashti window
Vashti window
St Andrew's Church
(1932)
Samuel Warneford
Samuel Warneford statue
Warneford Hospital
(1849)
Works of art that no longer exist or have been taken away from Headington
Moulin Rouge
Legs on Cinema
New High Street
(1980)
Sails at JR
Wind sculpture
John Radcliffe Hospital
(l986)
Headington Subway
Subway murals
Central Headington
(2002)
Indoor works of art in Headington

All the above works of art are outdoors (with an exception made for the Vashti Window in St Andrew's Church, as it is usually possible to enter the church to see it). The following are just some of the other indoor works of art in Headington:

Only works of art that can be easily viewed by the public are shown here, so those on school premises are not included.
The Headington hospitals also own many other works of art, but only those in public areas are shown above

Oxford City Council Public Art Map (now getting very out of date)

© Stephanie Jenkins

 

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