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Culture, Art

Local Talent: Seasonal Joy


As the Oxfordshire Artweeks festival bursts into life across the county this month, we choose twelve favourites from their 40th anniversary show which you can see both at The Jam Factory, Oxford and on-line at

Rich with seasonal joy, these pieces illustrate just some of the talent you can explore in artists’ open studios and pop-up exhibitions across the county this month.

Claire Brookes (Artweeks venue 87, Summertown)

Ditchley Greens, West Oxfordshire. Fine art giclée photographic print, £200

Gary Bosher (Artweeks venue 79, Summertown)

Woodland Retreat. Oil on canvas, £350

Gabriella Blakey (Artweeks venue 397, Shipton-under-Wychwood),

Birds bathing, on wood/veneers, £375

Susanna Brunskill (Artweeks venue 240, Aston Tirrold),

Lamb Grazing, oil on wood, £195

Sarah Smith (Artweeks venue 454, King’s Sutton),

Riverbed 3. Acrylic on board, £280

Caroline Hyman (Artweeks venue 308, Watlington),

Crocus 2. Pigment ink print, £300

Janine Philips (Artweeks venue 150, Thame),

Wittenham Clumps. Oil on canvas, £100

Patsy Jones (Artweeks venue 219, Wantage)

By Segsbury Camp. Oil on paper, £170

Mandy Reid (Artweeks venue 235, Aston Tirrold)

Pretty in Pink. Derwent Lightfast coloured pencils on Derwent Light, £350

Julia Ogborne (Artweeks venue 354, Finstock)

June Hedgerow. Acrylic on paper, £120

Cathryn Jeff (Artweeks venue 414, Charlbury)

Towards the Trees. Acrylic on wood, £150

Dawn Conn (Artweeks venue 160, Waterperry)

Hold Tight. Mixed media, £850

Marie Robinson (Artweeks venue 107, Headington)

In Conference. Oil on panel, £750

Pip Stacey (Artweeks venues 106 & 177, Headington & Marcham)

Blooming Colourfully. Glass panel, £240

Sarah Keogh (Artweeks venue 227, Milton nr Abingdon)

Seed Pod Vase. Ceramic, £45

Ushma Sargeant (Artweeks venue 207, Bishopstone)

Take a Breather. Textile fibres, £900


Mon 2 May 2022

It’s a strange thing to be confronted by a famous face whether in the flesh or over Zoom; you never know when you’ll be a little starstruck. Anton du Beke has spent most autumn weekends in my living room for the past eight years but despite that, I had no idea what to expect when we arranged to speak ahead of his ‘Audience With’ at the Wycombe Swan in May. 

Mon 2 May 2022

The idea for an open studios event was brought from the US four decades ago and the first Artweek in the UK was held in Oxford, simply as a small local event. Since then, millions of visitors have enjoyed the friendly welcome of local artists: now the festival encompasses the whole of Oxfordshire and it is a model which has been copied across the country.

Fri 1 Apr 2022

Stand-up comedian and presenter perhaps best known for his appearance on the now-cancelled Mash Report, Nish Kumar called in ahead of his UK tour of Your Power, Your Control which comes to Oxford on 17 May.  

Fri 1 Apr 2022

Following the hugely successful release of their latest album, Give Me The Future, we spoke with Bastille’s lead singer Dan Smith, not only to find out more about their upcoming tour, but to discuss the band’s early career and rise to fame.