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Lunchtime Recitals in the Picture Gallery

3 – 17 June 2015, Wednesdays & Saturdays at 1.00pm

In collaboration with the Bate Music Collection, 18th century music performed on early original instruments to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Guise Bequest. A harpsichord from the Bate Collection has been installed in the Picture Gallery for these recitals.

Free with gallery entrance ticket.

Full Schedule

Wednesday 3rd June: Musicians from the Royal College of Music's Historical Performance Department. Baroque music by Blavet, Bach and Telemann. Fatima Lahham on recorders; Elin White on baroque violin; Thomas Allery on harpsichord.

Saturday 6th June: Richard McKenzie on lute. Music by Porro, Vidal, Sor and various other composers.

Wednesday 10th June: Francis Shepherd on harpsichord. Semper dolens - Exploring Renaissance chromaticism and melancholy. Featuring a selection of music by Sweelinck, Frescobaldi and Gibbons.

Saturday 13th June: The Bate Consort (on viols). English and Italian consort pieces from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including works by William Byrd, John Dowland and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

Wednesday 17th June: David Gerrard on harpsichord. A selection of Preludes and Fugues from Book II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, interspersed with other works by Bach and Böhm.



Photograph by Francis Shepherd

Easter 2015 Picture Hunt

The Picture Gallery is open as usual on Easter weekend...why not visit and enjoy an Easter picture hunt?

Friday, 3rd April - Monday 6th April 2015

You will be given a sheet with images cropped from some of our paintings. Take a look around the gallery and try to find the original paintings. If you identify all of the paintings, you can collect an Easter treat! Ask for details at the entrance desk.


From Darkness into Light: An Artistic Pilgrimage through Holy Week

A week of reflections in front of paintings at Christ Church Picture Gallery, Campion Hall, the Ashmolean Museum, and Keble College. It begins on Wednesday the 1st of April at 4.00pm at Christ Church Picture Gallery, in front of Jacapo Bassano's Christ Crowned with Thorns. The Dean of Christ Church, the Very Rev'd Professor Martyn Percy, and the Curator of the Picture Gallery, Jacqueline Thalmann, will take you on a visual and theological exploration of the painting.

Wednesday, 1st April - Sunday 5th April 2015


Complete Schedule of Events

(All events are free and open to the public)

Wednesday 1 April at 4 pm

Painting: Jacopo Bassano, Christ Crowned with Thorns

Talk by The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy (Dean of Christ Church) and Jacqueline Thalmann (Curator of the Picture Gallery)

Location: Christ Church Picture Gallery, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP

Thursday 2 April at 4 pm

Painting: Roy de Maestre, Instruments of the Passion

Talk by Revd Dr James Hanvey, SJ (Master of Campion Hall)

Location: Campion Hall, Brewer Street, Oxford OX1 1QS

Friday 3 April at 11 am

Painting: Marcello Venusti, The Crucifixion

Talk by Revd Dr James Hanvey, SJ (Master of Campion Hall)

Location: Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH

Saturday 4 April at 4 pm

Silent Saturday – Vigil at the Catholic Chaplaincy, Rose Place, Oxford OX1 1RD

Sunday 5 April at 4 pm

Painting: William Holman Hunt, The Light of the World

Talk by Revd T Frank Kennedy, SJ

Location: Keble College, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PG


A Talk by Martin Kemp

Join us for a talk by Martin Kemp (Emeritus Research Professor in the History of Art, Oxford University).

Thursday, 26th February 2015 at 5.30 pm

McKenna Room, Christ Church  ~  Free and open to the public


Jake Downs: In Concert at the Picture Gallery

*Concert has been cancelled*

The music of Jake Downs has been described as ‘separate from time itself—neither of the past, present, or future’. Endorsed multiple times by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, Jake is a student at Christ Church who is currently working on his third release. Tapping into such influences as Fairport Convention, Hildegard of Bingen, and Kate Bush, Jake signed his first record deal aged 18.

Christ Church Picture Gallery  ~  Free and open to the public

This concert in the Picture Gallery returns to basics: Jake sings and plays the harp, accompanied by strings.

CALL FOR PORTRAITS (Not quite an art competition)

The roof of Christ Church’s Great Hall will be refurbished over the next months, starting in November and ending in March. This means that the portraits there will be covered for protection and some might be removed for the duration of the project. Many people have expressed sadness that our Hall will look bleak and uninviting during that time. Therefore, we call on everybody at Christ Church to make a portrait that can be placed in Hall instead. So, discover your creative side and draw, paint, photograph, print, collage to your heart’s content and let the sleeping artist inside you rise (if s/he is not awake already).

Gardens, Plants and Old Masters: A Drawing Workshop

A morning of looking, drawing and talking about plants and gardens in the Picture Gallery, the Christ Church Gardens and the Art Room. This event will combine art and nature and will be conducted by the Art Tutor, the Gardener and the Curator of the Picture Gallery. Places are limited and will cost £40. More information will be posted soon!

Forthcoming in Spring 2015

In Conversation: Sean Scully and Kelly Grovier at the Blue Boar Lecture Theatre

To celebrate the opening of Christ Church Picture Gallery's exhibition Sean Scully Encounters: A New Master among Old Masters, please join us for a conversation between artist Sean Scully and writer and poet Kelly Grovier.

Friday, 30th May 2014 at 5.00 pm

Blue Boar Lecture Theatre at Christ Church, Oxford  ~  Free and open to the public


Artist’s Talk by Geoff MacEwan in the Picture Gallery

Geoff MacEwan will give an informal talk and lead a tour through the current exhibition of his work, 'Inferno - Purgatory - Paradise: Geoff MacEwan interprets Dante's Divine Comedy'

  Thursday, 8th May 2014 at 3.00pm

Regular gallery entrance charge (£4 Adults  /  £2 Concessions)


Save the Hermits Appeal


Christ Church Picture Gallery has nine fragments of a large narrative panel depicting the Lives of the Hermits in the Desert, called a Thebaid, after the Egyptian town of Thebes. Another eleven fragments are in museums in Edinburgh, Yale and Zürich. The painting was an instructive image, warning the pious of the temptations and delights of solitude.



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