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Oxfordshire Artists: The Colours of Autumn


This month Oxfordshire Artweeks artists have been inspired by the hues and flavours of the season from burnt sienna and russet red to chocolate brown.

With a bold orange sky, Euphoria by Woodstock’s Caroline Parkes was inspired by Pete Tong and his Ibiza Classics Orchestra at Nocturne, Blenheim earlier in the year.

Box canvas, £450, @caroparkesart

These gorgeous glowing lanterns with either heart or star cut-outs by Charlotte Storrs in Culham are 9cm in diameter.

£18 each,

Earthsong 1 is a watercolour and mixed media painting by s Ella Clocksin, made in woodlands on Shotover Hill, Oxford. “Working hidden in the woods, I tuned in to colour and light of the turning seasons, the clinging on of hazel leaves after other trees have shed their leaves, the increasing fragility of these ancient eco-systems, and the sheer peace of absorbing the shapes, colours, smells and sounds – and silence – of late autumn among the trees”.


Autumn Fruits #2 by Abingdon’s Emma Williams is coloured ink and pen on paper.


Gerry Coles’ linocut of Red Squirrels Linocut are from an edition of 17.


Cadence is a painting in acrylics on watercolour paper by Oxford-based Hannah Vickery.


Autumnal walk, oil painting on canvas by Jayne Ford from Crays Pond near Goring.


Sundown Walk by South Oxfordshire’s Jo Lillywhite, in acrylics.


This pit-fired Autumnal Ikebana Vase was created by Headington’s Kashmira Patel.

£65 (26x5x5cm) @kashmiraskitchen

Nic Vickery’s Art Nouveau doorway with its sinuous lines and curves, perfectly mirror the waiting fox, as craft and nature complement one other. Serendipity is one of Nic’s Animals in Architecture series and comes in a white box frame.


Nicola Kantorowicz’s stunning traditional stained-glass panel, Autumn Breeze.


This frost-resistant stoneware birdbath was hand built by potter Sally Dorrity, £295. Sally is exhibiting with photographer Tracy Florance at the gallery No 14 Market Place, Woodstock from 1-13 November.


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.