Icons of Art is the Procession Theme

‘Icons of Art’ is the Carnival Theme for 2018.

According to the Oxford dictionary an icon is a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration. For 2018 we have chosen the theme ‘icons of art’ to celebrate those artists who stand out for their exceptional contribution to art and culture and their iconic creations.

In the Procession

We are keen to raise the creative bar, to see moving floats either electric powered format, built around trolleys or buggies or even back pack structures, with height and moving parts. We are happy to meet and discuss ideas and offer our creative guidance and training where we can.

  • All Carnival participants can choose how to interpret the theme in their own unique style.
  • We are looking for colour. Height, movement and WOW!

We are happy to meet and discuss ideas and offer our creative guidance and training where we can.

Here are some suggestions

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture,the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a dramatic portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by the German and Italian airforces.

Oxford icons

Antony Gormley

The figure of Antony Gormley on the rooftop of Exeter College overlooks Broad Street.

Sir Antony Gormley, OBE is a British sculptor. His best known works include the Angel of the North, in Gateshead Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool, and Event Horizon, a multi-part site installation which premiered in London in 2007, around Madison Square in New York  in 2010, in São Paulo, in 2012, and in Hong Kong in 2015-16.

William Morris

William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production.

Paul Nash

Paul Nash (1889-1946) worked as a war artist in WWI and his depiction of the WWI trenches was powerfully realist. By WW2 he was living in Oxford he painted Totes Meer at the Cowley dump, where damaged RAF and German planes were salvaged and reconditioned for reuse – this emotionally charged image was intended to serve as an anti-German propaganda tool, and he wanted to get the image onto postcards that could be distributed over German cities.

The Headington Shark

The Shark became the most famous resident of Headington when it landed in the roof of 2 New High Street in the early hours of Saturday 9 August 1986 on the 41st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

The sculpture, with the label “Untitled 1986” fixed to the gate to the house, was created by the sculptor John Buckley, it is made of fibreglass, weighs four hundredweight, and is 25 feet long.

250 year anniversary


Giovanni Antonio Canal (18 October 1697 – 19 April 1768), better known as Canaletto, was a very influential Italian artist famed for evocative views of Venice.

Canaletto visited England repeatedly between 1746-56, painting works like The Thames from Somerset House. Canaletto often made meticulous preparatory drawings and may have used a camera obscura for accuracy, but was always remained concerned with satisfying composition not simply slavishly recording views.

100 year anniversary

Egon Schiele

October 2018 marks 100 years since the death of Egon Schiele (Austrian painter; 12 June 1890 – 31 October 1918). When Austrian artist Egon Schiele died of Spanish flu in 1918, he left behind an incredible body of work. At times explicit, grotesque and twisted, his art is defined by its brutality and its honesty

Gustav Klimt

February 2018 marks 100 years since the death of Gustav Klimt (Austrian painter; 14 July 1862 – 6th February 1918).

Gustav Klimt was one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession. He is perhaps best known for his opulently gilded Art Nouveau portraits that epitomise fin-de-siècle Vienna.

Niko Pirosmani

April 2018 marks 100 years since the death of Niko Pirosmani (Georgian artist; 1862 – 9th April 1918).
Niko Pirosmani was a self-taught painter with no formal art training. Alongside Henri Rousseau, he is today considered one of the greatest representatives of Naïve art.