Art and Oxford Mathematics

The Mathematical Institute has numerous links to mathematically inspired art and architecture. The entrance to the building features a beautiful Penrose tiling (below centre) and Roger Penrose himself recently gave a talk explaining the theory behind the pattern (we have a range of mathematical talks aimed at a general audience).

Other elements of the Andrew Wiles Building's architecture are also mathematically inspired. The two main walls in the foyer exhibit Antoni Malinowski's 'Spiral Flip' (below left), which subtly changes with different lighting when viewed from different angles. In the building's entrance it is impossible to miss Mat Chivers' "Axiom" sculpture, the winner of our Sculpture Competition. 

We have hosted a number of art events and exhibitions, the most recent being Illegitimate Objects, held from September 17 to November 12  2015. We are always open to any ideas that artists may have for using the exhibition space. Our Arts Committee assesses all requests on a rolling basis. Please contact Dyrol Lumbard to discuss this further.

The department has also hosted mathematical craft workshopsmathematical bake-offs, and art workshops

See also: 

Marcus du Sautoy's talk on the connection between mathematics and art.

Our drone footage of the building.

Francesco De Comite's Flickr page for lots of images of mathematically inspired art.  

Antoni MalinowskiPenrose TilingAxiom Sculpture