OXFORD’S biggest modern art gallery will reopen to the public today for the first time in six months.

Modern Art Oxford closed on March 17 and stayed shut all summer long.

During that time it held its exhibitions online.

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Now the staff have said they are ‘delighted’ to be reopening, and have invited the public to see two brand new exhibitions.

The first of the shows is a collection of artwork and photography created by Oxfordshire residents during the pandemic.

Responsive Space also features pieces from those who participated in Making Space Safe - a workshop that offered refugees and asylum seekers the opportunity to learn new art skills and express creativity.

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The museum’s other new show is an exhibition by Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball called Between Making and Knowing Something.

Running from October 2 and January 3, the show features a collage-like installation to expose how museum collections ‘conceal and reveal historical narratives’ that shape our understanding of the world.

The installation features varying art forms, including pottery, photography and textiles.

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The exhibition focuses on sharing stories of several less-well-known female anthropologists and indigenous story tellers.

To share their stories, Ms Deball recreated historical artefacts.

The display particularly focuses on objects and archives held in the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the Smithsonian Museum National Collections in Washington DC, USA.

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The Berlin-based artist’s work uncovers stories, histories and individuals often hidden in ‘traditional’ museum displays.

People can book a free ticket in advance of the museum visit at modernartoxford.org.uk.

This will grand access to Ms Deball’s exhibition, Responsive Space and one more installation, Breathworks.

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This is a digital and interactive project ‘sharing creative approaches to breathing’.

The museum has organised different time slots for visitors to attend so they can maintain social distancing guidelines.

Some exhibitions will still be shown online.