Observe the ingenious creations and designs of Rycotewood Furniture Graduates with this new exhibition in partnership with Activate Learning and Rycotewood, which offers the city a display of finely crafted furniture from the Rycote end of year show. With a mix of rich materials and clever design, the pieces produced this year really are works of art.
The work on show represents the diversity of Rycote’s courses; school leavers and mature students undertaking a City Guilds course in Furniture Craft, apprentices in industry fine tuning their skills, and graduates from the BA Hons Furniture Design & Make course in partnership with Oxford Brookes University.
The Rycotewood Furniture Centre is located in the centre of Oxford as part of Activate Learning. They have delivered training in furniture design and making for over 80 years respecting the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement whilst recognising the need to stay relevant to the modern furniture industry.
Drew Smith (course leader) explains:
We work closely with industry and other partners including recent projects with Ercol, William Hands Furniture, American Hardwood Export Council, Lathams Timber, Osmo Wood Finishes and Mirka Abrasives Systems. Many of the students on show have made furniture using sustainably sourced temperate hardwoods such as ash, oak and walnut, employing hand tools, portable power tools, woodworks machinery and digital production. Work is normally finished using an oil/wax or water based lacquer in an attempt to protect both the work and the environment.
Rycotewood Furniture will be on display in the #WindowGalleries from the 9th July until the 25th August, free and available to visit at any time.
The #WindowGalleries are an innovative collaboration between community organisation Fusion Arts and The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels that connects and supports Oxford’s communities by creating a lively space for the public to experience inspiring work by local artists.