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Alan Kestner | Girl in the vicarage garden

Oxfordshire prepares to be the world’s biggest art gallery

Around 1000 artists and designer-makers, including more than 200 who are first-timers for 2017, are preparing to turn the entire county into a giant art gallery for the Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival
By Sue Turner

"There are plenty of new dimensions to the festival to surprise the most experienced art-lover as well as the enthusiastic day-tripper."

Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival takes place 6th-29th May.

 

A cornucopia of artists and designers will be opening their studios, presenting pop-up exhibitions and giving demonstrations in interesting venues from Adderbury and Blewbury, to Wallingford and the Wychwoods.

Locals and visitors from further afield are invited in, for free, to enjoy eye-catching paintings, porcelain and pottery, fine art photography, sunlit stained glass, sculpted stone, comic book art, fashion, furniture and treasures in gold and silver.

Take a journey through the year that’s just past with the changing view from an Oxford window, experience the wildlife of an African adventure through the eyes of a Charlbury photographer, discover the people of Mexico in the portraits of a Wolvercote social anthropologist, or taste the flavours of an Indian childhood with Kamal Koria in Oxford’s Jam Factory.

Bee Thomas | A warm day in cool woods

 

You can marvel at Spiderman comic book storyboards in Chipping Norton and see magical mask-making nearby, or head to the beach with the stained glass of Banbury’s Jane Wimbury who is looking forward to her first Artweeks. With jewellery encapsulating literary classics by newcomer Mary Blackshaw, and wallpaper printed from hand-carved wood blocks by Claire Florey-Hitchcox in Stadhampton, there are plenty of new dimensions to the festival to surprise the most experienced art-lover as well as the enthusiastic day-tripper.

Visitors are invited into hundreds of interesting spaces, many of which are usually closed to the public, including three Oxford Colleges, two of the finest medieval barns in England, an old coal-wharf, woodlands and warehouses as well as city studios and country galleries, homes and halls across the county.

- Esther Lafferty

 

Top Image – Alan Kestner | Girl in the vicarage garden

Below By Sue Turner

Bottom – Bee Thomas | A warm day in cool woods

 

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