About this website
The current design of this website is determined by an algorithm. It uses live weather and astronomy data from our location in Oxford, UK to create a unique & unrepeatable composition.
The wind speed is 2mph, so the typography is a little bit distorted.
It's 02:57 – this determines the primary colour and the position of the gradient, and because it's daylight the colour is light rather than dark. Today's date, the 14th of July 2024 causes the contrast to shift and the gradient is rotated too. The gradient is also affected by sunrise at 05:08 and sunset at 21:13.
The UV index is 0 so the colours are not very saturated.
The condition is Clear so the composition is bright and saturated. There's a 8% cloud layer to match the sky.
This website was designed by Jake Dow-Smith Studio.

What we do

FIG is a new project in Oxford that brings art, horticulture, and communities together.

Based between the two sister sites of Elder Stubbs Allotment and Makespace Central, Fig works with artists, writers, designers, horticulturalists and communities to support the development of innovative new work.


We are currently developing a number of projects that will be announced later in the year.

Sign-up to the mailing list and @Fig_Oxford on twitter and insta to keep updated.

Fig’s establishment and commissions have been supported to date by: Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant, Natural England, Oxford and Oxfordshire City Councils, and TORCH – The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

Fig was established by artist and curator Sam Skinner as an experiment in supporting emerging creative practices which have ecology, horticulture, and community at their heart. Sam combines experience in the arts, with a BA and MA in art history, a practice-based PhD, and working for and developing projects with a wide variety of cultural organisations, with a fledgling! horticultural knowledge, cultivated through work on organic farms, community gardens, and studying with the RHS. Thus Fig is a work-in-progress, an experiment in beginnings and transitioning, driven by an interest in exploring alternative models of creative production. How, for example, a cultural organisation may nurture and offer fertile soil and a biologically diverse environment for artists and audiences to engage with, and what that may enable.

Groundwork for Fig was developed during the Fusion Arts Research Lab 2021.

Follow the Journal and @Fig_Oxford on Instagram and Twitter to see how the project evolves!