Shadowlight Artists

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The Shadowlight Artists are an independent group of digital artists with learning disabilities based in Oxfordshire, supported by Film Oxford. DONATE TO THE SHADOWLIGHT ARTISTS HERE

For the most up-to-date news, photos and videos see the groups facebook page

Latest Exhibition – 30 Year Special Event


Shadowlight Artists exhibit at Modern Art Oxford

Film Oxford presents new work by the Shadowlight Artists, an independent group of artists with learning disabilities based in Oxfordshire, including installation, painting and seven new films.

Free exhibition – Tuesday 11th – Sunday 16th October 2016

Times: Tues-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm More details

PRIVATE VIEW 6pm-8pm Tuesday 11th October – ALL WELCOME

Shadowlight Artists book  “Creative Bridges” for sale @ £6 each in Modern Art Oxford shop.

Award News

The Shadowlight Artists were Shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards for best Disability Organisation (out of over 20,000 nominations). The event was held at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on 16th September 2016. Danny Smith and Richard Hunt went along to the ceremony to represent the group. 

Shadowlight Artists shortlisted for National Award
Danny Smith and Richard Hunt celebrate at National Diversity Awards in Liverpool
National Diversity Awards 2016 in Liverpool
Danny Smith and Richard Hunt at National Diversity Awards with Hollyaoks attress Annie Wallace& Festival founder Paul Sesay

More on the awards can be found here

Big success for Shadowlight Artists

The group have been another awarded another grant by The Arts Council Of England in May 2015 for  project called “Creative Bridges”. The group will make new films and other creative work to exhibit in 2016 and 2017.

Over the last few years there has been plenty of creative success for The Shadowlight Artists, their work have been shown at Galleries (including Modern Art Oxford), at large public events, on the internet, on National TV, at Local, National and International Film Festivals and at National Film Theatre and Southbank Centre in London.

Shadowlight Artists Group shot

Some of the group were recently interviewed for local TV

The Group have completed all their productions and are now in the exhibition phase of the “Creative Bridges”. The group exhibited Creative Bridges at Cornerstone Galley 12th July to 14th August 2016. Up-to-date photos, videos and more info can be found on their facebook page.

The new work includes a group production called “Dreamsville” which premiered at Modern Art Oxford on 4th December 2015. Dreamsville has also been screened at Together2012 disability Film Festival in December 2015, OVADA gallery and at the Paralympic Festival in Queen Elizabeth Park, London in September 2016.

The group have also had their film “The Cave” exhibited at the London Disability Film Festival, and at Pegasus Theatre, Phoenix Cinema and OVADA Visual Arts Gallery in Oxford. Earlier in 2015 the group have also been involved in a creative exchange with artists from Magdalen Road Studios.

Richard Hunt has a painting being exhibited at Compton Verney gallery in Warwickshire, along with some of his video work. Richards work was chosen out of over 300 entries as part of Outside-In.

Danny Smith has had his film “A Time for a Change” chosen for the prestigious Sprout Film festival in New York, which takes the cream of the worlds best films made by filmmakers with Learning disabilities.

Mark Barbers film “Wake Up in a Dream” is showing at the “Spirit Level Gallery” at the  Southbank Centre in London for 3 weeks as part of the “Side By Side“.

Find a small selection of the groups videos in player below. There are many more films on Shadowlight Artists Youtube Channel

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Shadowlight Artists in the news

Oxford Mail September 08   Oxford Mail July 09  Russell Aug 10

Oxford Mail October 2011  Oxford Mail November 2011  Oxford Mail August 2012  Oxford Times August 2012 Oxford Mail December 2014

Oxford Mail July 2015  Oxford Mail December 2015

Oxford Mail Jan 2016

Chris Oakley Lead Artists supporting Shadowlight Artists

Shadowlight Artists Films on Mencaps Artspider website

Shadowlight Artists on Media Trusts Website

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Many Thanks also to St Michaels and All Saints Trust for their support to the Shadowlight Artists

  • Contact

    54 Catherine St, Oxford, OX4 3AH
    Tel: 01865 792731 Email:

    Registered Charity Number: 1041014
    Film Oxford is supported by Oxford City Council

    Oxford Film & Video Makers Ltd, trading as Film Oxford, is a company limited by guarantee.
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  • Supported by

    Oxford City  Council
    BFI Film Academy UK Network
    Arts Council of England