University of the Air, An arts project celebrating research at the OU

In September 1963, Harold Wilson launched the idea of the ‘University of the Air’ which became The Open University (OU), receiving its Royal Charter in 1969.

To celebrate the role of research at the OU, an innovative arts commission was launched for artists and curators of all media to deliver one of four art projects around the themes of design and technology, arts and humanities, science and social science. Each project is based in one of the four UK nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The works are designed to demonstrate and celebrate the impact of OU research on society, promote innovation and excellence in the Arts and provide a memorable audience experience

The four commissioned artists in the ‘University of the Air’ project have created a range of cutting edge work. Each one will be available to visit during November and December.

You can view England: Caroline Devine – ‘On Air’ at the OU Campus, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA on Saturday 9 November and Sunday 10 November (2-4pm). 

For details of the exhibitions in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales please go to the Open Arts Archive, ‘University of the Air’.  The exhibitions are being recorded and will be displayed on the OAA.

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