ArtsLab: Fourteen

Part of Photo Oxford 2021


The North Wall’s ArtsLab programme exists to create opportunities for early-career artists and this year, for the first time, is supporting visual artists. A group of talented local female photographers have been working together to develop ideas and new work, facilitated by North Wall Propeller 2021 artist Philippa James. This exhibition uses the number 14 as its catalyst and is curated by the group to include up to three final works by each artist. These works can be seen in the online exhibition, live for the duration of Photo Oxford Festival 2021.

Philippa James is a photographer living and working in Oxford. Her work explores women, under–represented populations, and her local communities. Her major body of work, 100 Women Of Oxford, was exhibited at The North Wall during Photo Oxford Festival 2020.

Part of Photo Oxford Festival 2021

15 Oct – 15 Nov 2021
This year’s festival continues to explore the theme Women And Photography: Ways Of Seeing And Being Seen.



Event: In Conversation: Sarah Mossop and Ria Parry on the challenges facing early-career women artists.

Thu 11 Nov 2021
Private view: 6pm – 8pm
In Conversation: 6.15pm – 7pm
Live at The Gallery at The North Wall.


To coincide with the ArtsLab: Fourteen exhibition, and to mark the Photo Oxford Festival 2021, The North Wall presents In Conversation: Sarah Mossop and Ria Parry.

Sarah Mossop is a curator and arts consultant. Ria Parry is a director and producer, and Co-Director of The North Wall. Both Sarah and Ria have worked extensively in their respective fields to support early-career artists and, as women in the dramatic and visual arts, have faced their own challenges. They reflect on the situation for women in the arts and what can be done to support them.

Audiences are invited to a private viewing of the exhibition and to the discussion.

Sarah Mossop: short biography
Sarah Mossop is a curator and arts consultant with over 30 years’ experience of working with artists on gallery and site-specific projects. With a background in fine art and arts education, she has held gallery education and curatorial roles at the Crafts Council, Modern Art Oxford and Arts at the Old Fire Station, and worked freelance for clients including the Whitechapel Art Gallery, South London Gallery, Engage, NSEAD, Oxford Brookes University, OVADA, Oxford University Museums and the Ashmolean Museum.

Her experience of working with many established artists and arts organisations has provided a broad base for gaining knowledge and understanding of current developments in contemporary art practice and insights into the visual arts infrastructure. In recent years this has led to a particular interest in supporting early career artists, providing advice with exhibition and project development and as a mentor. Sarah’s current practice includes the role of Associate Curator on the Platform Graduate Award programme at Modern Art Oxford.

Ria Parry: short biography
Ria is Co-Director of The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford. She was previously co-founder and producer of Iron Shoes Theatre Company, touring small-scale new work across the UK and at the Edinburgh Festival, winning Fringe First Awards for new plays by Gbolahan Obisesan, Paul Charlton and Marika Mckennell.

As a freelance director and producer, she has worked with companies such as the Bush Theatre, Young Vic, Unicorn Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, RADA, LAMDA, New Earth and Touretteshero. She was previously a Creative Producer at Watford Palace Theatre, Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio, and is an alumnus of the Step Change Leadership Programme.

Tickets are free but booking is essential. BOOK HERE.

Digital Exhibition

The ArtsLab: Fourteen Digital Exhibition is available to view online 15 Oct – 15 Nov 2021.

ArtsLab: Fourteen


Free Entry

Extra information

The North Wall Gallery is open from Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, and from 12pm – 4pm on Saturdays. Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Exhibition available to view online 15 October – 15 November as part of Photo Oxford Festival 2021.

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