The North Wall Arts Centre -The Gallery at the North Wall - Saturday 11th September - 12noon - 4pm - Booking required

Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 12:00 to 16:00
The North Wall Arts Centre


Exhibition - Diana Forster: Such a Long Journey

In 1940, at the beginning of the Second World War, Stalin's troops invaded eastern Poland. A million Polish people were forced from their homes at gunpoint and sent to labour camps in Siberia. Diana Forster's mother and grandparents were among them. 

Diana tries to communicate the unimaginably shocking rupture between a settled, normal life, and a terrifying future decided by people who don't care about you. Diana avoids showing traumatic, disturbing images in her installations and prints as they can turn viewers away. If we accept a role for art in presenting subsequent generations with the realities of war, we have to find new ways of engaging audinces and Diana does through formal qualities which draw the viewers' attention while the work is gradually understood. 

Special event - As part of Oxford Open Doors 2021, on Sat 11 Sep 2021 meet artist Diana Forster and take a tour of selected pieces from her exhibition Such A Long Journey 

Free entry but booking required: to book

The North Wall Arts Centre brings together artists and audiences from Oxford and beyond to make, share and experience art of the highest quality. It supports artists through residencies and mentorship (ArtsLab); it encourages its community to create and participate, putting children, young people and families at the heart of its participation programme; and it shares inspiring performances and visual arts with its audiences, presenting a vibrant public programme of theatre, music, dance, comedy and visual arts with an emphasis on new and innovative work. Based on the campus of St Edward's School, The North Wall opened in 2007, and offers a fully flexible 200-seat theatre, an art gallery and studios for dance and drama.

The Gallery at The North Wall has built a strong reputation as a serious destination for art lovers, with brilliant, adventurous, surprising exhibitions of contemporary art by established and emerging artists. Find out more at


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