Vaccine Trials - in Science and Art






Vaccine Trials - in Science and Art


Artist Fran Monks made portraits over Zoom of the pandemic's unsung heroes — vaccine trial volunteers.

And while taking photos, she gathered their stories: tales of ordinary people driven by a desire to save lives and bring us out of lockdown.

So join us to #celebratetheundercelebrated through Fran Monks' beautifully captured images.

From 15 October - 15 November 2021
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Photographer and portrait artist Fran Monks celebrates the under-celebrated.

We had a chat with Fran just before the Photo Oxford Festival 2021, and she shared the inspiration and story behind her Zoom portraits of vaccine trial volunteers.  

Read the interview

Come and experience one of the most extraordinary stories of the pandemic.

Explore one single nanoparticle of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine (one million times actual size) alongside compelling Zoom portraits of vaccine trial volunteers by local artist Fran Monks.

Together, they tell the extraordinary story of a vaccine that has helped save lives and bring us out of lockdown. 

Discover the Art of Science


Fran Monks (portrait artist and photographer)

in conversation with:

Professor Sir Andrew Pollard (Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group)

Dr Helen Salisbury (vaccine trial volunteer) 

Dr Silke Ackermann (History of Science Museum Director)

to explore the extraordinary stories of vaccine trial volunteers through science and art.

Chaired by economist, journalist, and broadcaster Tim Harford.

Watch the video

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Photo Oxford 2021 Vaccine Trials - In Science and Art (Zoom portraits by Fran Monks)
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All images: © Fran Monks