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New exhibition celebrates diversity at Magdalen

7th November 2018

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A photographic exhibition which celebrates the diversity of our community was launched in the Hall on Monday 8th October.

Students and staff voted anonymously on who should feature with the common purpose of ensuring that the portraiture more accurately reflect the members of College.

The Hall is the most important communal space at Magdalen and previously only contained two portraits of women (Elizabeth I and Elizabeth Fricker, our first female Fellow), something that JCR President and the exhibition project leader Calla Randall was keen to address.

“I was elected on a mandate to expand the representation of Magdalen’s community in the most important central space,” she said. “The 25 commissioned portraits of people who make a significant contribution to the daily life of Magdalen are displayed in black and white, achieving a balance between old and new.”

The exhibition features gardeners, scouts, and library and kitchen staff, as well as Black, Asian and LGBTQ+ students, researchers and teachers.

The exhibition is open to the public until autumn 2019.

The photographs were taken by prize-winning photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert. www.jeremysuttonhibbert.com

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Anveer Sodhi (JCR) - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 5 June 2018. Samson Kambalu, Fellow in Fine Art - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 5 June 2018. Yethrib Mohammed (JCR) - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 5 June 2018.
Tim Dowdeswell, Head of Maintenance, in the Muniment Room - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 5 June 2018. Pauline Cox, College Scout - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 6 June 2018. Robert Douglas Fairhurst, Fellow - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 6 June 2018.
- Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 7 June 2018. Rob Gilbert, Fellow in Biochemistry, Assistant Chaplain and Tutor for Welfare - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 5 June 2018. Anne Bast (JCR) - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 5 June 2018.
Robert Posarek, Porter, holding key to the Great Tower - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 6 June 2018. Clare Harris, Anthropology and Art - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 8 June 2018. Sian Pooley, at Magdalen College, in Oxford, England, on 07 September 2018.
Fatima Vieira, Scout - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 7 June 2018. Maria Cavaliere, President's Housekeeper - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 8 June 2018. Oliver Neely, JCR - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 6 June 2018.
Anne Chesher, Librarian - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 7 June 2018. Nick Serle, Barman - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 8 June 2018. Terry Newport, College Butler - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 7 June 2018.
Claudia Havranek, DPhil Plant Sciences, & Boxer - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 8 June 2018. Will Fox, Organist - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 5 June 2018. - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 7 June 2018.
Leonie Treier, JCR - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 6 June 2018. Claire Shepherd, Head Gardener - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 6 June 2018. Hamish Lemmey, JCR - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 6 June 2018.
Jane Mance, Scout - Portrait of Magdalen College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England, on 7 June 2018.