Diversifying Portraiture – project update | University of Oxford

Diversifying Portraiture – project update

More than 20 new portraits have been commissioned to broaden the range of people represented around the University.

The full list of sitters and artists involved with the Diversifying Portraiture initiative, which seeks to reflect and promote the University’s increasing diversity and its commitment to inclusivity, has now been announced.  

The sitters, comprising current academics and former students, include film and television director Ken Loach, BBC journalist Reeta Chakrabarti, eminent astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, award-winning author Jeanette Winterson, and human rights activist Kumi Naidoo. Artists include Benjamin Sullivan, Joanna Vestey and Ander McIntyre.

The portraits will feature people with disabilities, people from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and people from LGBTQ+ communities.

The project, supported by the Vice-Chancellor's Diversity Fund, previously catalogued the existing University paintings which highlight pioneering figures whose achievements over the centuries have challenged the stereotypes of their time.

The newly commissioned works will feature in the University's central public spaces and will add to Oxford's rich collection of college and University portraits. Sitters were selected from over a hundred nominations of living Oxonians. All of the new portraits will be shown at an exhibition in Oxford later this year.

More details, including the full list of sitters and artists, are available here.

Image: Professor Patricia Daley (human geographer) by Binny Mathews