After much anticipation and excitement, I can now call Jesus College my new home for this year. When I first came to visit Oxford University, I fell in love with Jesus College. Made up of three quads, a chapel and a beautiful dining hall, what is there not to love about Jesus! Jesus College is incredibly peaceful, and as you sit in one of the quads enjoying the fine weather we’ve had for the past two weeks (not any more sadly…), you cannot help but feel as if you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here are some wonderful photos that myself and my dad took around the college.
To quickly summarise a bit about Jesus College for those interested:
Queen Elizabeth 1st founded Jesus College on 27th June 1571, making it the first Protestant college founded at Oxford University. Jesus College is a relatively small college when compared to some of the other bigger ones at Oxford with 340 undergraduates, 190 graduates, 68 Fellows and 20 College lecturers. Jesus College also has many notable alumni including T. E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia; any many politicians such as the former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
If you ever want to break free the hustle and bustle of the big city, then head down to the southwest suburb of Richmond. Here you’ll be able to escape and enter the wonderfully serene Richmond Park. Covering around 2,500 acres (making it the largest of the Royal Parks), Richmond Park has some incredible residents – hundreds of deer. As a national nature reserve and deer park, these deer have had a key part throughout the park’s history and have been roaming throughout the landscape since 1529.
As you walk around the different paths of the park, every-now and then you’ll come across these splendid animals. Whilst down in London, a visit to Richmond Park was a high priority on my list! Armed with my camera and zoom lens, I was ready and prepared for an encounter with the deer! After some walking, they were spotted, and off I went! It was like being on safari! (not quite the same obviously, but as I’ve never experienced it, this was a close as I am currently going to get!) There really is something very magical and tranquil about these deer, and although I approached them with caution, they didn’t seem too bothered by my close presence. Here are just a few of the photos I took whilst in the park – there were so many, that I feel like these are probably some of the best.
If you would like to check out more photos, head over to my Flickr here.
The Yorkshire Museum here in York has been shortlisted in the Museums a Night competition, and there is a chance of getting artist Grayson Perry to guest-star at this free event in May. Please vote for the Yorkshire Museum using the link about – all it takes is seconds!
Tonight is the opening of the latest exhibition to be held at The Norman Rea Gallery. For the next two weeks (7th October – 18th October), the gallery will be displaying the works of Joe Clark and Steven Dickie. This show aims to approach the idea of the individual pitted against the various media formats that increasingly make up the world. As a society we both embrace them and are suspicious of them.
Steven Dickie is preoccupied with knowledge in an absolute sense, and Joe Clark with a kind of spiritual or haptic knowledge. Both use a distinct grammar of symbolism as a cipher for their concerns: super-imposing an abstruse language onto media types and processes.
For those not acquainted with The Norman Rea Gallery, it is a university campus art space (located in Derwent College) that promotes the work of both students and professional artists, practicing in a huge range of media. The gallery is run entirely by students for the enjoyment of the whole of campus and the wider university community. What is great about The Norman Rea Gallery is that it is the students curating and running the gallery space; and not only are there exhibitions, but the gallery also hosts lectures, seminars and events around the exhibitions featured.
So, if you’re interested in having a go at curating, or would love to just be a part of such a great gallery go and check it out!
You can learn more about the exhibition and The Norman Rea Gallery here: http://www.thenormanreagallery.co.uk/summm.html