New exhibition celebrates diversity at Magdalen
7th November 2018
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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