Magdalen Road Artist Studios was established in 1999 in vibrant East Oxford with the aim of providing affordable studio spaces to local artists. The Studios are a registered charity which works to promote the visual arts to the general public. There are up to 23 artists working in the studios with a wide range of creative practice including painting, ceramics, mixed media, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
Painter Sean Synnuck works in response to social observations: his work focuses on living in the shadow of one’s former self and dealing with issues of lost aspirations and potentials. Melissa Rodd aims to harness collective endeavour to produce visual art and paintings inspired by natural and imagined environments. She strives to produce art by integrating energy and intuition with precision and design with/within environments spiritual, human, material and mathematical. Richard Matthews is an abstract painter who has evolved over time into a more figurative artist. Interested in versatility and surprise, he looks to different ways to challenge his conscious and subconscious state of mind. Juliet Eccles works though conceptual ideas using fairground sideshow lettering to bring an emotive response to narratives on disability, family, illegitimacy, and housework with materials that enhance the storyline. Catalina Renjifo is a visual artist and practice based researcher interested in artistic epistemologies and intercultural pedagogies. Her practice involves breaking down, dissolving, and questioning materials to absorb and assimilate their history and what is learnt in the process. Joanna Kidner is a video artist-using video and soft sculptures, she strives to recapture the sense of pre-Covid and hopefully post Covid communities unblighted by the fear of viral contamination. Helen Ganly uses pencil and water colour wash to explore how the understanding of context can change an original perception- her practice investigates the emotions and memories we bring to a space and how this influences our creative responses. Working in oil and watercolours, with a background in book-binding and video, Andy Page looks to find a continuity between the past and the present in his art.
Sketches made on a trip to the Santorni in 2002 inspired printmaker Betsy Tyler to make lithographs and etchings based on the legend of the lost city of Atlanta and other tales integral to this island. Working with thread, silk and twill, textile artist Annabel Ralph is interested in the interplay between technology, drawing and materials. PHD Fine Art student Cally Shadbolt makes kites to explore the relationship between space, dimension, sight and time and to make connections with the landscape. Painter Karen Purple’s work is rooted in the landscape and local environment of rural Oxfordshire. She is interested in how her relationship with the natural world is mediated through memory. Collage artist Miranda Millward is fascinated by serendipity, memory and nostalgia. Her work plays on memories real, imagined and fictional with a particular focus on feminine pastimes and childhood memories.