Oxford Mathematics Online Exhibition 2020

Oxford Mathematics Online Exhibition 2020

Alongside the mathematics, the Andrew Wiles Building, home to Oxford Mathematics, has always been a venue for art, whether on canvas, sculpture, photography or even embedded in the maths itself.

However, lockdown has proved especially challenging for the creative arts with venues shut. Many have turned to online exhibitions and we felt that not only should we do the same but by so doing we could stress the connection between art and science and how both are descriptions of our world.

So we invited our locked down mathematicians to explore their mathematical creativity in a variety of media. A panel reviewed all the submissions, taking into account both the creative aspects and the mathematical component, alongside the description communicating the link.

And here are the results - our first Oxford Mathematics Online Exhibition.

Prize winners

Amy Kent - Bach Violin

Beth Thomas - Crochet Hexagons

Rachel Laing - Origami Polyhedron

Victor Lisinski - Singing Bowls

Monica-Maria Minea - Drawings

Perspective geometry combined with mathematical patterns can lead to beautiful results in drawings. Mathematics can also be used in creating optical illusions, such as the geometrical pattern above the eyes in the right drawing.

Maximilian Cairney-Leeming - 3D printed Sierpinski

Rosemary Williamson - Sierpinski Sphere

Michael Negus - Origami Polyhedra

Andrew Krause - Patterns and Chaos on a Cat

Jonathan Mason - Variant Pythagoras

Leon Galli - Mandala

Nadja Vohradsky - Sliceforms

Vendy Fialkova - Owl Drawings


Mathematics is all about abstraction, a parallel universe inherently tied to our daily life. Stripping away insignificant details layer after layer allows us to explore the most intriguing phenomena across a range of disciplines.

Mareli Grady - Islamic Geometry


Hand-drawn Islamic geometry pattern. Translational, reflectional and rotational symmetry is displayed both in the overall design, with reflection and rotational symmetry in the individual units.

Commended entries

Anna Knight - Knitted Klein Bottle Hat

Chris Uren & Tom Crawford - Tattoos


These photos, taken by Christopher Uren, show a selection of the mathematical tattoos of Tom Crawford. 

Clockwise from top left:

Maximilian Purewal - Origami Frogs

Two tree frogs folded from uncut squares.

Mareli Grady and 3-year-old


Mathematical Exploration with a 3 year old. During lockdown, arts and crafts have been vital in keeping a 3 year old entertained. This image shows a painting activity that led to a discussion about basic shapes and their properties.

Cameron Lee - Polyhedra on Tote Bag

Kevin Xin - Earth Orbit

Renaud Lambiotte - Quadrilaterals with a 7-year-old

Iolo Jones - Candle Holders

Hexagonal candle holders made from firewood. When circles are packed together they form a hexagonal pattern, and these hexagonal holders will tesselate with the candles.

Iola is a Mathematics Undergraduate in the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford.