The Oriel Arts Festival 2017

  • Oriel College
26 April, 2017

The Oriel Arts Festival will take place in second week of Trinity Term this year (1st to 6th May), and will see a whole host of arts-related events taking place around College.

This year’s Festival has been organised by Madeleine Pollard, JCR Arts Rep. Of the Festival, Madeleine says:

“As a college, Oriel is predominantly renowned for its sporting prowess; during my time as Arts Rep I wanted to celebrate the strong artistic talents within the college and raise awareness of its creative identity as well. I’m hoping that this year’s Arts Festival will be exciting, relaxing and inspiring, through its mixture of creative sessions, professional talks and entertainment.”

More information can be found on the Oriel Arts Festival Facebook page.

Scheduled events include:

Life Drawing - Tuesday 2nd May, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

A free, two-hour life drawing session in the JCR Annexe. Pencils and paper will be supplied, and no previous experience is necessary. If you can't make the whole 2 hours, feel free to drop in whenever you can.

Talk: Poetry and Mental Health with Rachel Kelly – Wednesday 3rd May, 1pm - 2pm

Rachel Kelly is a mental health campaigner, public speaker, and writer. She will give a talk in the Harris Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 3rd May.

In her early thirties, Rachel was diagnosed with serious depression and subsequently suffered two major depressive episodes. These two episodes have become the defining events of her life. Since then, she has written about the condition, and how she has recovered, in books that have been read by tens of thousands of people. Her memoir about her experience of serious depression, Black Rainbow, was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2014. She has also written about how a holistic approach has helped her recover. Her second book on mental illness, Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness, is an international bestseller and has been published in the USA, Canada, Poland, Germany, Turkey and Croatia.

Open Mic Night & special performance from The Alternotives – Friday 5th May, 9pm

The Alternotives are an award-winning a capella group made up of Oxford University students. The Alternotives have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and describe themselves as being: “renowned for their creativity and ingenuity, [and] performing a huge diversity of different music in an interesting and often unexpected way.”

Pimms and Play-doh – Saturday 6th May, 12.00 noon – 2pm

Come to 3rd Quad on Saturday of 2nd for Pimms and play-doh! Regress, relax and leave those exam worries behind. This event will be held in the JCR if it is raining.

Media & Journalism Careers Event – Tuesday 9th May, 4.45pm – 7pm

A number of Oriel and Corpus Christi alumni working in media and journalism will be coming to Oriel to give talks on their experiences in the industry and give careers advice to current students.

The speakers at the free event will be Adam Raphael, Daniel Hinge, Sian Cox-Brooker, Robert Rea, Robert Katz and Candida Evans. More information on the event and how to reserve your place is available here.