Keble College launched a very special exhibition in Hall on Friday 20 September to mark 40 years of co-education and the beginning of their 150th anniversary. The ambitious installation celebrates the rich diversity of the Keble community and is also a piece of art in its own right, with portraits floating’ above the tables.
The portrait subjects, taken by Fran Monks, represent different genders, ethnicities, disabilities, socio-economic backgrounds and LGBTQ+ communities. They were nominated by their peers because they have made or are making a major, positive difference to Keble, Oxford and the world. The 28 individuals include alumni, undergraduate and graduate students, current and former staff and fellows.
About Fran Monks:
Fran Monks is a British portrait photographer. She is best known for her engaging and painterly portraits of individuals who are changing our world. Her website, How To Make A Difference, features her interviews and portraits of remarkable people, dating back to 2004.
Monks’ work has been widely published in national and international magazines and newspapers. Her photographs are currently exhibited in the Ashmolean Museum, Examination Schools and several Oxford Colleges. Her Gratitude Project was commissioned for the Oxford Festival of the Arts in 2017.
Monks trained as a photographer at the Corcoran School of Art and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and Central St Martin’s School of Art, London.