Current Exhibitions


From Palace to Studio: Chinese Women Artists, 1900 to the present

10 Mar 2015 to 27 Sep 2015

At the beginning of the 20th century, the palace retainers of China’s Empress Dowager Cixi included a ‘ghost painter’. This accomplished female artist was tasked with producing paintings in the Empress’s name, and only rarely signed her own works.

Gallery 11 | Admission Free | More Info

Great British Drawings

26 Mar 2015 to 31 Aug 2015

The collection of British drawings and watercolours in the Ashmolean is one of the largest and most important in the world. Great British Drawings shows more than one hundred works by some of the country’s greatest artists, to trace the history of drawing in Britain. Many of the drawings are shown for the first time in public.

Galleries 58, 60 & 61 | Ticketed | More Info

Dirhams for Slaves: Islamic Trade with the Northern Lands in the Viking Age

1 Jun 2015 to 27 Sep 2015

In the Viking Age merchants from the Islamic world exchanged silver coins (dirhams) for slaves and furs.

Gallery 7 | Admission Free | More Info

Yoshida Hiroshi: A Japanese Artist in India

9 Jun 2015 to 13 Sep 2015

In 1930, Japanese printmaker Yoshida Hiroshi (1876–1950) spent several months travelling in India and Southeast Asia.

Gallery 29 | Admission Free | More Info

An Elegant Society: Adam Buck, artist in the age of Jane Austen

16 Jul 2015 to 4 Oct 2015

The work of Adam Buck, Regency portrait and miniature painter, provides a fascinating insight into the faces and fashions of this time. Buck’s portraits of The Royals, landowners, Serving Officers and society hostesses, dressed in white muslin, seated or standing in fashionable interiors, brings the world of Jane Austen vividly to life. Jane Austen enthusiasts know Adam Buck’s work better than most.

Gallery 59 | Ticketed | More Info