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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


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nik kershaw
Fri 31 May 2024

Nik Kershaw’s debut album Human Racing came out in 1984 and saw him dominating the singles chart with tracks including Wouldn’t It Be Good, I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me and Dancing Girls. Swiftly followed by The Riddle, Nik spent 62 weeks in the charts and was one of the musicians to play Live Aid in July 1985.

Nell Mescal pwj9ug
Fri 31 May 2024

For the uninitiated, Nell Mescal (yes, sister of actor Paul) is an Irish singer-songwriter who hit the festival circuit hard last summer, playing (amongst others) The Great Escape, BST Hyde Park, Boardmasters and Live at Leeds. This year, she’s headed to Oxfordshire and Alex James’ Big Feastival for August bank holiday weekend. Eloise Lonsdale caught up with her to find out more about her musical style and her recently launched EP, Can I Miss it For a Minute.

Sea Girls Credit Blacksocks qoafap
Fri 31 May 2024

2024’s Truck line-up looks to be one of its best yet, balancing big names with emerging artists and beloved regulars. As an event, it has come to mark start of the summer holidays for its devoted attendees, but how about the acts? We caught up with Oli Khan, drummer in indie-rock band Sea Girls to get the bands-eye view.