Call for Participants! Heaven and Hell After Hours at the Ashmolean Museum

Publicity image for 'Ashmolean After Hours' with a the head of a marble statue of Dante against a blue background

Heaven and Hell After Hours 

at the Ashmolean Museum

Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme’s Dante Season 

Friday 26 November, 5pm-8pm


On the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, the Ashmolean’s upcoming exhibition Dante and the Invention of Celebrity, curated by Professor Gervase Rosser, explores Dante’s influence on art and culture from his own time right up to the present. It includes works by Botticelli, William Blake, Salvador Dali and Tom Phillips RA; and new work by the world’s first AI artist, Ai-Da. It coincides with a display at the Bodleian Library of precious early editions of Dante’s most famous work, The Divine Comedy.


TORCH will be collaborating with the Ashmolean for a special After Hours Event on Friday 26th November 2021 as part of the Dante and the Invention of Celebrity exhibition, and as part of the Dante Season 2021 - a programme of exciting events and activities as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme within TORCH.

We are looking for students and researchers to take part in the After Hours event on Friday 26th November.

  • Does your research or study relate to Dante in any context?
  • Are you a musician or performer with an idea for a performance piece related to Dante?
  • Would you be interested in offering a short bite-sized talk, or hosting an activity during the After Hours event at the Ashmolean?
  • Are you interested in engaging wider and public audiences?


We will be programming an exciting series of activities for the After Hours event including:

  • A series of 10 minute bite-sized talks
  • Interactive activities for visitors of all ages
  • Musical, theatrical, or spoken word performances



Would you like to take part?

If you have an idea and would like to participate in this event please send your suggestions to by Friday 24th September 2021:

Your expression of interest should include:

1. Your full name, Oxford Humanities Faculty and your position/area of study

2. Any previous experience in wider public engagement with research (this is not essential)

3. Brief summary of your idea for an activity, talk or performance

4. Any equipment/materials needed (if known at this stage)


All participants will receive support from the TORCH team to develop their activity for the night, plus the experience of working within a museum environment.

The TORCH team will also be carrying out audience evaluation, which we will pass on to all participants so that they have evidence of their work from the night. This may be useful for future funding applications etc.

The event will be documented via photography and a short highlights film, and will be publicised through the TORCH website, social media and newsletters.