The Arts in Oxford Gallery was filled to bursting late last month as locals and visitors gathered to celebrate the first five years of the gallery's operation.
Founded by members of the local and wider community and supported by the Community Trust, the gallery opened in February 2010 and has since presented 58 exhibitions, welcoming more than 80,000 visitors - pretty good going for a town with a population of less than 2000.
Arts in Oxford is marking its anniversary with a special exhibition of recent works by two artists - Oxford-based artist, educator and Arts in Oxford founding director Brent Firkin and renowned Canterbury painter Phil Trusttum, who is the Patron of Arts in Oxford (and, of course, a good friend to Christchurch Art Gallery too). Trusttum's works in the show hum with the kind of high energy collisions that are typical of his painting and Christchurch visitors will have no trouble discerning the influence of the rebuilding city.
"Art of Two" runs until 25 February 2015. Arts in Oxford is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 4pm.