For a new commission by Swiss artist Nicolas Party (b. 1980, Lausanne, lives and works in Brussels and New York), the Piper Gallery is taken over by a theatrical cast of female heads representing and acknowledging the achievements of pioneering women in the city of Oxford.
The work is in response to what the artist considers to be the heavily masculine energy of Oxford’s architecture and academic histories.
Considering his exhibition as a public forum, the artist celebrates working collabora- tively and embraces the collective spirit of the theatre. Speakers incorporates a soun- dscape of piano, cello and voice arrangements, offering up improvised auditory encounters for visitors.
Throughout the exhibition there is a series of public events taking place within the gallery recognising and celebrating the wide-ranging history of women’s contributions to academic life and social and research communities.