Nicolas Party’s theatrical installation at Modern Art Oxford


Swiss artist Nicolas Party presents a new installation in the Piper Gallery of Modern Art Oxford, transforming the exhibition space into a stage composed of large female sculptures, a nod to the achievements of key local female historical figures. Party here by celebrates women’s contributions to cultural life and international academic and research communities.

Inspired by a set of carved stone busts that crown the railings of Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre (first sculpted for the site in 1662–83), known colloquially as ‘the heads of the emperors’, Party’s heads are unique, individually painted sculptures, dominating the physical location at a height of two metres tall (6,5 feet). These five monumental works respond to the Oxford’s male-focused architecture and academic histories.

Image: Installation view © Stu Allsopp.