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Culture, Art

Art Inspired by The Great Outdoors


This month we’ve chosen a selection of art by Oxfordshire Artweeks artists that celebrates the great outdoors, from moments of togetherness enjoyed in the garden and the peace that can be found in the countryside or the coast, to swimming, camping and places to explore.

Diving into the ocean of life, sculpture by Dawn Conn, in bronze resin. £3,950

Isolation, Stonor by James Kelso. Acrylic on gessoed panel. £7,500.

Burgh Island by Janine Philips, oil on canvas £375.

Buttermere Lake by Jo Cross Original acrylic on canvas. Prints from £40.

The Hills Beyond by Jo Dixon, mixed media, , £650.


Bluebell wood cushion showing a painting by Jo Lillywhite. £35

Oxford Montage by Linda Benton. Watercolour and ink line original £2995; also available as a limited-edition print ,£190.

Sunset Beach by Ronnie Biggs. Acrylic on canvas, £950. 
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Banded Demoiselle by Steph Hicks, Original pen & ink illustration, £45


Camping in the Trees by Tracy Lester, original oil painting canvas board, framed in white, St Ives style, £275.

Tom’s Cottage by Valma Benfield, textile appliqué, £100. Contact

Dawn at Little Wittenham by photographer Wendy Reed. Unframed £40, framed £75.

Festival painting of Leopallooza by Jo Cross ‘If you can’t go to Leo, bring Lo to you’. Prints from £40


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.

Corinne Bailey Rae
Wed 1 May 2024

Corinne Bailey Rae’s Put Your Records On snap-shotted the summer of 2006. Her most recent release, Black Rainbows came out 2023 and it is obvious to hear how much she is relishing the full range of her unique voice and, as I was to discover when we spoke, her extraordinarily lyrical vocabulary.