In-Person Live Event – Join us at the Museum

A FREE After Hours event at the Museum, packed with entertainment

Timed slots are available for entry

The Rooftop Restaurant is open until 9pm and last seating is 8pm. Booking required

At this After Hours event we'll be exploring experimental art and new performance in a celebration of the Avant-garde.

Enjoy for pop-up musical and dance performances reflecting the international and diverse objects in the collections, and experience the disruptive, creative energy of Avant-garde artistic practice across history and the world, into the present.

We will delve into the transnational reach and momentum of the Avant-garde, and celebrate its enduring capacity to engage and excite, innovate and inspire in equal measure.


A man's face, he is holding a fake eyeball over his eye. Anxious Corridor,1940, by Surrealist artist Kansuke Yamamoto


Programme (more details to follow): 

5.15–6.30 Performance: Ashmolean-inspired performance by dance students at City of Oxford College 
5.30–7 Music: Gav Osborn - flute, video and digital sound
6–7.30 Music: Hugo Max - viola performer
5.30–7 Music: William Lowry
5.30–70 Performance: Spoken word
6.45–7.45 Music: Tangram Collective

The Avant-garde season is part of the the Humanities Cultural Programme. 

Organised in collaboration with the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).

Tickets are FREE but booking is essential

Timed slots are to help manage numbers of people arriving at the front door.
Once in the Museum, tickets are valid for the whole event. 

This event has now taken place.

Please note that the Pissarro exhibition will not be open during this event.