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Edgar Wind Society


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What is EWS?

We're Oxford University's History of Art Society...

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Meet the Team

Who are we?


Established and run by students, aptly named after the first Professor of Art History at Oxford University, the Edgar Wind Society exists to make art history accessible to everyone, but also fun and an exciting thing to be part of! 


We aim to encourage engagement with the History of Art, to promote involvement beyond academic study and to offer an environment within which one can nurture an interest, develop a passion or take a fresh look at art. Art history is an interdisciplinary subject, something we are keen to develop not only within the university but around Oxford. 


Our weekly events provide the opportunity to get involved: from renowned speakers such as Waldemar Januszczak, Jeff Koons and Martin Kemp, weekly gallery tours and behind-the-scenes talks, film screenings and social evenings, there is no shortage of exciting and diverse events to attend. 


Becoming a member

£5 = 1 term membership

£15 = 1 year membership

£35 = 3 year membership

Membership gives you free entry to society events. You will receive regular email updates to ensure you’re always informed of what’s going on.

If you’re interested either send us an e-mail at (to pay by bank transfer or cheque) or sign up in person at any of our events (with cash or cheque).

Oculus Magazine

We will be announcing the theme for the 2018/19 journal shortly... stay tuned to find out

The Oculus Magazine is published yearly, composed of submissions by society members and academics, providing a further opportunity for students to engage with the subject. In order to submit to "Oculus" please write an 100-word pitch outlining the concept of your piece. The piece can be prose or poetry, long or short and directly or indirectly related to the theme. Please send your pitches to




Name: Mary Gatenby

Subject: Fine Art

College: St Edmund Hall

Favourite Work of Art: Ingubo Yesizwe, 2008, Nicholas Hlobo

Marketing and Online Coordinator


Name: Eleanor Burgess

Subject: History of Art 

College: St Peter's

Favourite Work of Art: If I Died, 2013, Sun Yuan and Peng Yu



Name: Eleanor Ohlsen

Subject: History of Art

College: St Peter's

Favourite Work of Art: National Gallery I London 1989, Thomas Struth



Name: Jack Marsh

Subject: History of Art

College: Worcester

Favourite Work of Art: Untitled (Say Goodbye, Catullus, to the Shores of Asia Minor), 1994, Cy Twombly



Name: Nina Ledwoch

Subject: History of Art

College: Wadham

Favourite Work of Art: Sculpture-Lamp, 1970, Alina Szapocznikow

Oculus Co-editor

Name: Hilary Cockhill

Subject: History and English

College: Jesus

Favourite Artwork: Fleurs sur Fond Jaune, 1929, Max Ernst

Oculus Co-editor


Name: Dan O'Driscoll
Subject: History and Spanish
College: Jesus

Favourite Artwork: Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening, 1944, Salvador Dalí



Name: Oli Lloyd-Parry (Former President)
Subject: Medicine
Favourite Artwork: Garden of Earthly Delights, 1503-1515, Hieronymus Bosch

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