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OXFORD iS BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER

We believe culture is for everyone and are building a programme that allows creativity to flourish. Inspired by Oxford research we’re connecting Oxford with outstanding artists, writers and thinkers from across the world. 

Many people from across the city and region are already involved as we create new opportunities and new experiences, but if you have an idea or suggestion for a future project or event, we’d love to hear it.   
  
The Cultural Programme is part of the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford and works closely with TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) and Knowledge Exchange.

The Schwarzman Centre will be the first purpose-built concert hall space on this scale in Oxford and we look forward to filling what promises to be a really world-class hall with a diverse range of live performances that bring in many different audiences. Local partnerships will ensure our work reaches all parts of Oxford. Global partnerships will bring the world to Oxford through work developed for both physical and digital audiences. Regionally audiences will benefit from investment in state-of-the-art cultural infrastructure. Everyone is welcome!

John Fulljames

Director Cultural Programme

OUR MISSION

OXFORD iS will bring together local, university and global cultural communities in a physical and digital arts centre powered by the University of Oxford’s research.

Based in the performance and public spaces in the new Stephen A Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities, OXFORD iS will promote broad engagement with the riches of the humanities by working with outstanding artists, writers and thinkers from around the world to create and present world-class arts and culture.

Innovative and diverse, our programmes will be delivered in collaboration with university, local, national and international partners.

Our Values

PEOPLE

We bring people together in a diverse, inclusive, fair and open environment that allows them and their creativity to flourish

PLACE

We are rooted in our local region and connected globally. We are committed to contributing responsibly and creatively to environmental sustainability

IDEAS

We are committed to the development, sharing and understanding of new ideas

EXPERIMENT

We enable people to pursue their curiosity, to explore and to experiment

Meet the Team


Director
Director

John leads the cultural programme. He was previously the Director of the Royal Danish Opera and Royal Danish Orchestra, Associate Director of Opera for the Royal Opera Covent Garden; and founded The Opera Group, an innovative company which commissioned new work and was based at The Young Vic. John has been a stage director for more than 20 years, collaborating with leading music, theatre, dance and visual artists on some of Europe’s largest stages.

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Executive Producer
Executive Producer

Josie is responsible for the delivery of our programmes. Josie has previously worked as a senior producer, commissioner and programmer across large scale venues and place-based programmes. She has knowledge of, and a passion for, producing high-quality high-profile work that often provides a platform for marginalised voices. Josie was at The Roundhouse, London for 10 years where she worked as Senior Producer, she was also Senior Producer and Commissioning Director for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. Josie has collaborated with artists and companies such as Wayne McGregor, Random International, Penny Woolcock, Gratte Ciel, Cardboard Citizens and Block9.

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Head of Audiences and Media
Head of Audiences and Media

Sara leads on building connections with the widest possible public. Sara has worked in senior roles in the cultural sector for over 25 years in a diverse range of roles covering strategy, marketing, fundraising, disability arts, inner city regeneration, and tourism. Sara was previously the Head of Sales & Marketing/ Deputy CEO at Lighthouse, Poole, one of the UK’s largest regional art centres. Prior to that she spent 6 years as a Senior Lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth having held project management and marketing roles for a West-end/touring theatre producer, rep theatre and Disability arts charity before that. She is also a trustee for the Dorset based performing arts charity Activate.

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Event Manager
Event Manager

Holly joined the team in August 2019 from Dragon School, and previously worked at Fast Track Ltd, a leading research and events company based in Oxford.

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Event Manager
Event Manager

Rhiannon joined the team in July 2022 and also works on events and projects with the Institute for Ethics in AI. She has a background in culture and heritage, her most recent roles have included leading on public engagement, audience development and events for the History of Science Museum and the Jewish Museum London. Rhiannon has an MSt in English Literature (1550-1700) from Oxford.

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Projects Officer
Projects Officer

Izabela  supports the Cultural Programme team as Projects Officer.  Her role involves juggling a wide range of administrative tasks from finance to editing web content, and everything in between.

Izabela brings experiences working within private and public sectors, including roles in customer service, customer relations, quality, contracts and events to list a few.

Marketing and Projects Officer
Marketing and Projects Officer

Kerri Louise stepped into the Cultural Programme team at the end of July 2023 as a Programme Officer and has been instrumental in the transition from the Humanities Cultural Programme, formerly supported by TORCH, to its current dynamic form. She brings a wealth of experience from a variety of industries and international roles, armed with an extensive skill set that spans technical systems, marketing, events, projects and operations management.

Since October 2023, her role diversified to support both marketing and projects, showcasing her adeptness at intertwining effective marketing strategies with the detailed management of cultural projects. Her multifaceted expertise has been a significant and influential addition to the Cultural Programme’s evolution and reach.

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Senior Coordinator
Senior Coordinator

Justine leads on the operational management and delivery of the Cultural Programme with support from the programme’s Event Managers and Project Officers. She supports the Cultural Programme Director, TORCH Director, and relevant governance bodies with strategy, personnel and financial management, and policies and procedures. Prior to taking up the role of Senior Coordinator, Justine was the Operations Manager for TORCH.

Justine has worked in Higher Education for the past nine years across a portfolio of roles. She joined the University of Oxford in 2017 and has worked in managerial roles at TORCH, International Gender Studies (Lady Margaret Hall), and Estates Services. Prior to joining Oxford, she was the Coordinator for the research networks The Centre for Modernist Studies and Americans in Paris (both University of Sussex). She holds a BA (English, University of Sussex), an MA (Issues in Modern and Contemporary Culture, UCL), and a PhD on the subject of feminist phenomenology and modernist literature from the University of Sussex, where she also taught history of literature and critical theory.

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Event Manager
Event Manager

Kate joined the Cultural Programme team in January 2024 from the Barbican Centre, London, where she was Production Manager specialising in classical music projects ranging from recitals, chamber music concerts, international orchestral residencies and opera.

Kate studied music at King’s College, Cambridge and has an MA in Historical Musicology from the University of Southampton.

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THE STEPHEN A.
SCHWARZMAN CENTRE

Due to open in 2025, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities will become a new home for the research and teaching of Oxford’s humanities disciplines with state-of-the-art academic, exhibition and performance spaces. The Cultural Programme will come to life in the Centre’s outstanding performance venues, including: 

  • 500-seat concert hall 
  • 250-seat theatre 
  • Immersive performance space known as the ‘Black Box’ for creating and delivering experimental performances 
  • 87 seat cinema 

Construction is well underway, and you can follow the process and browse the architects’ designs, here: https://schwarzmancentre.humanities.ox.ac.uk/ 

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