Have you visited any of the Oxfordshire Art Weeks exhibitions yet?
For those not in the know, Oxfordshire Art Weeks gives the public the opportunity to visit local artists and designers. Some exhibitions are in the artist’s studio or home, others are in a central location such as a church.
This year the Oxfordshire Art Weeks festival runs from 4-27 May 2019. The festival is roughly split into three areas; Oxford, South Oxfordshire and North Oxfordshire with each area open for one week during the festival. Art Week takes place in Didcot, and the surrounding area, from 11-19 May.
We visited three different exhibitions last weekend. All are open again this weekend.
Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
This was the main focus of our afternoon visit. The Sylva Wood Centre offers workshop space for local crafts people working with wood. The studios are open for visitors to wander around; we saw boats, stools and furniture being made.
There’s also the opportunity to have a go at woodworking skills yourself, find out more about the courses they run and wander around the outdoor spaces. Open 18-19 May from 10am-5pm. Refreshments available on site.
Clumps Studio, Little Wittenham
This studio is found in a fabulous garden in Little Wittenham. I was rather envious!
There are two studios to visit along with an outdoor cafe, where you can sit and enjoy the garden.
The exhibitors include a lady who creates silver bangles and spoons (including odd shaped ones to get the last bits out of any jar), an artist who paints seascapes and landscapes and a jewellery maker.
Open on 18-19 May from 11am-6pm.
North Moreton artists
North Moreton artists are exhibiting in the village church. Several artists are displaying works which include ceramics, jewellery, paintings and prints. One of the artists is Charlie Davies, whose print of Didcot Power Station adorns our living room!
North Moreton artists are open from 11am-6pm on Saturday 18 and 11am-4pm on Sunday 19 May. Refreshments are available.
The Art Weeks website has a searchable map of exhibitions throughout Oxfordshire this weekend. Locally you’ll find six artists displaying at various locations in Aston Tirrold, and exhibitions at St Blaise Church in Milton, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell village hall and Blewbury Clubhouse. Last but not least, in Didcot itself you’ll find the Woodland exhibition at Cornerstone Arts Centre.