John Hughes Arts Festival Preview

Joanna Ward 2 February 2018
Image Credit: Zoi Roupakia

The John Hughes Art Festival is back at Jesus College this weekend! The Launch Party was held on Friday night, which involved transforming our venue in an unused corner of college from a completely bare room to our vibrant Open Hang Gallery! This is no small task, but is made really enjoyable by the fact that we have received a vast array of incredible art from students, as well as having access to College-owned pieces by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and other notable artists. They are now available for the public to see.

Zoi Roupakia

There is so much more to JHAF than just the Gallery, however. The timetable of events includes a Comedy Smoker, a tour through the College grounds to take in Jesus’ infamous sculpture collection, as well as hands-on classes. I’m planning on attending Zumba and Life Drawing as a participant, but I’m also running an electronic sound making workshop — as a music student, I thought I could share some of my knowledge to introduce the world of sound art to the festival! The majority of events are free to attend and open to the public.

Elliot Wedge

The Festival was founded in 2015 to commemorate the life, work and friendship of John Hughes, the College’s late Dean of Chapel and Chaplain. It has evolved into an annual weekend celebrating the creativity and community of the College, both highly valued by John. This year’s Festival theme is ‘Bloom’, which was chosen with the hope of creating a positive atmosphere for the festival, and to reflect how much the festival has grown since its inception in 2015. I hope to see you there at Jesus College over the weekend!

Alastair Davey

John Hughes Arts Festival will be held from the 2nd-4th February. The full festival programme is available online at and on Facebook at