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Oxfordshire Artists: Optimism


Inspired by the New Year, Oxfordshire Artweeks artists look forward to 2024 with bright spirits and optimism as they begin their preparations for the county’s spring open studios and pop-up exhibition event.

This cyanotype on paper, Rays and Marjoram Flowers by Abingdon-based Emma Williams is mounted and framed.


Winter Landscape by Summertown’s Francesca Shakespeare is an oil painting on paper on board. Framed.


The Fire Inside, an abstract acrylic painting on cradled wood panel by Finstock’s Julia Ogborne.


Wings of a Phoenix is a linocut – an edition of 30 – by Lizzie Wheeler of the Oxford Printmakers Co-operative.


Snowdrops in the Green by Turville Studios’ Marie Robinson is painted in oil on gesso board.


The Gardener by Micah Hayns, is painted in oil on canvas.


Faroes by Paul Bullivant is a photographic print in black and white,


Song Thrush is a 4-plate linocut by Lower Radley’s Susan Wheeler. Unframed,£170, framed


A blank journal for a new start by Sharon Highway of Mallory Journals. Available with plain, lined or dotted paper, a ribbon page marker, pen holder and elastic closure.

Prices start from £41

Photographer Theo Blossom’s Cheetah 2’ This species was nearly extinct at one point and although numbers are still low, conservation efforts offer hope.

Prints available in aid of Cotswold charity, the Rafiki Thabo Foundation ( for £120.

Cotswold Snow by Dorchester-on-Thames’ Tracy Lester – because we all love a snow scene – is painted in oils on a wood panel.


Rising is a felted textile piece of wall art made with wool and silk fibre by Bishopstone’s Ushma Sargeant.



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.