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Oxfordshire Artists: Be Surprised 


As the Oxfordshire Artweeks bursts into life across the county this month, we have chosen a selection of unexpected pieces which will be on show during the festival. There’s so much more than paintings, ceramics, photography and sculpture and here are just some of the surprises, talent and intrigue you can discover.

This Bead Sideboard was made with oak with bead blasted ash and forbo by Adelaide and Ben Hinton of a+b furniture in East Challow (Artweeks venue 493). £1,750.

This dynamic wood sculpture of a Red Kite was carved by Andrew Binnie in Watlington (Artweeks venue 391). £895.

Cycladic Head and Ammonite (2023) by Tackley fine art photographer Benedict Ramos (Artweeks venue 134) is available as signed limited edition prints in archival pigment ink. From £135 framed

Carol Harvey’s Pigment Bank, on show in Chipping Norton (Artweeks venue 61), was created to showcase her naturally made pigments on an antique printer's tray. £,1000.

A memory of an iconic Oxfordshire landmark for many, Didcot Power Station was painted by Glenn Larder of the Oxon Artmakers in Abingdon (Artweeks venue 465). Watercolour on watercolour paper, £150.

Stoneware Flower Brick by Ewelme potter Harriet Coleridge (Artweeks venue 407). £175.

'Charlie’s Doughnuts' by potter Helen Woolner of Fired Up Studios in King’s Sutton (Artweeks venue 23) was inspired by Charlie’s Angels. £700 the set, or £185 each.

Aurora over Cutteslowe Park is a photograph taken of the Northern Lights as seen one evening in Oxford last November. By Karen Morecroft of Oxford Photographers (Artweeks venue 221), it can be recreated at any size.

These quirky 'stone' brooches’ have been crafted by Witney textile artist, Kerry Forkner (Artweeks venue 98). Made with cotton coloured with natural dyes, hand embroidery and glass beads. £25 each

‘Whisper of the moonlit flower’ hairpins, handmade in sterling silver and 24k gold by jeweller Kumiko Kihara in Summertown (Artweeks venue 184). From £460

An inventive illusory painting of a glitter balls on a circular board by Melanie Charles in Middleton Cheney (Artweeks venue 26). Available by commission in any colour way and in three sizes from £195

Looking at Vermeer, in oils, is by Jericho portrait artist Ruth Swain OAS. £5,000.

A shimmering shoal of tin fish swimming over an oak plinth, by Val Hughes of Great Coxwell Artists (Artweeks venue 500). £25

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