What’s On

The sun is out and after more than a year’s closure, ONCA Gallery is open again! Come and see Daniel JG’s exhibition Inner Landscapes throughout July. (image above (detail))

Meet the Artist – Daniel will be in the gallery with a BSL interpreter on Saturday 17 July between 1 & 4pm to meet visitors and answer questions about the exhibition.

We’re delighted to announce the winner of our Pride 2021 window open call: Soofiya! Soofiya’s commission will be on display in our gallery window 18 August – 5 September.

Come to the ONCA Barge Community Mornings on Fridays, 10am – 1pm. Expect coffee, chat and craft; better still, bring clothing in need of repair and make the most of the Dresscue Project which runs at that time too, supported by Pfaff.


Please note that we will be extending our Covid-19 safe measures beyond 19 July until further notice, restricting numbers and wearing face masks in communal indoor spaces. Read more here.

The ONCA Green Curtain award at Brighton Fringe 2021 went to breathTAKING, a group art exhibition curated by Jenni Lewin-Turner and featuring Judith Ricketts, Josef Cabey, River Sweeney and AFLO the Poet (catch it at Phoenix Art Space until 25 July). We look forward to working with the artists in the coming months.

Another artist we’re thrilled to be working with over the summer is Alicia Radage who will be in residence on the Barge in September, more details TBA.

Great news! We have secured an Arts Council England project grant for our autumn Making Care group project. This will feature Keith Hennessy, Carmen Papalia, Kyla Harris, Evan Ifekoya and Josephine Chime – artists who explore care and access in rich, radical and varied ways, to co-curate an exhibition and programme in September & October. Watch this space for more information on the project as it emerges.


We’re recruiting! ONCA needs a Comms Manager! Deadline midnight, Sunday 15 August. Interviews w/c 6 September. Role starts October 2020. Please spread the word! We acknowledge structural exclusion in the arts, and are actively striving to make ONCA a more inclusive organisation. We are keen to encourage applications from people who may face barriers to employment in the arts (e.g. POC, LGBTQIA+, disabilities). Click here to read the job description.

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