The Diversifying Portraiture project was launched in 2016 at the University’s Equality and Diversity Unit as part of a celebration of Oxford’s ongoing story of achievement and change. It was created to widen the range of people represented in portraits around the University, and reflect and encourage its increasing inclusivity. More than 100 individuals were nominated to be included, and 24 subjects were chosen. Each was paired with an artist, and the completed portraits are now going on show in an exhibition at the Bodleian's Weston Library, The Full Picture: Oxford in Portraits. The works depict living Oxonians drawn from different genders, ethnicities, disabilities and socio-economic backgrounds.
One of the subjects chosen was Professor Dorothy Bishop of St John’s, whose portrait was drawn by Benjamin Sullivan, an acclaimed artist who earlier this year won First Prize in the BP Portrait Award.
The exhibition runs from 24 November 2017 to 7 January 2018. More details can be found here.
Professor Dorothy Bishop by Benjamin Sullivan, pencil, 2017.
Read more about the creation of Dorothy's portrait here.