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Public art commissions

An ambitious programme of art for the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (ROQ) started in 2011 and will continue to evolve over time as the site develops. A number of artists have been commissioned to create artwork of different types in order to benefit the local community and to celebrate the uniqueness of the ROQ.

  • A documentary commission was undertaken in 2011 by Emily Alexander, whose series of photographs capture the Radcliffe Infirmary immediately prior to its development. 
  • Oona Culley was appointed in 2012 to develop an artwork for New Radcliffe House where the Jericho Health Centre is located. 
  • Also in 2012, Turner-prize-winning artist, Simon Starling, was commissioned to create a new film, which was then shown at the Radcliffe Observatory in February 2013. 
  • The Observatory was again the location and inspiration for the light installation – Brighter Later – by internationally renowned artist Susan Collins in November 2013, as part of Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival. 
  • Alongside Collins’s commission, performance artist Mark Wayman invited members of the public to join him in an unusual walking tour through the Quarter. The Horologian — conceived as ‘an experiment in the measurement of time’ — drew on the unique history of the site.