Art events

Oxford's Sea View. sponsored by Hamptons International
1-29th April 10am-11pm
The Jam Factory, Hollybush Row, 27 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HU
An varied exhibition bringing the sea to Oxford with art by sixteen artists from across the county including paintings by Janine Philips, Jill Colchester, Jane Vaux and Neville Crowson amongst others; site specific mixed media work by Sarah Mayhew Craddock and an art installation by Claire Blackburn.

Explore Oxfordshire: an exhibition by local painter Anna Dillon sponsored by Hamptons International
1-30 April 9.30-6pm (Sun & B/H Mon 11-5pm) Plan ahead! Oxfordshire is an amazing rural county with iconic views and glorious gardens and for nearly the whole of May, you will be able to visit open studios and exhibitions in beautiful locations from Burford and Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds and across to the historic market towns of Bicester and Banbury, along the river Thames and the Ridgeway from Faringdon to Henley, and Wantage to Thame. Where will you choose to go first?
Enjoy views of the local countryside by landscape artist Anna Dillon as you sip your coffee in Café Nero on the first floor of Blackwell Bookshop 51 Broad St Oxford OX1 3BQ and plan ahead for your Artweeks visiting in and beyond the dreaming spires (and back to Blackwell’s too – venue 204). www.annadillon.com

Artweeks at The Ashmolean

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH
Mish-Mash Monsters!
8th & 9th April 1-4pm, drop-in family event. FREE Come and help metamorphosize the museum's gods and heroes into a giant book of muddled monsters. Working with local artist Francesca Shakespeare, children are invited to help create this exciting interactive artwork for the museum and to make a mini book to take home. The collaborative book will be displayed in the museum from 2-25 May (venue 209). Supported by Hamptons and ampm Technical Services

Ideas in the making: a creativity symposium for all

Saturday 25th April 10am-5pm at OU Museum of Natural History Ideas in the making will examine the relationship between art, craft, design, science and the creative process, bringing together practitioners from these diverse fields. Whether you are an artist, a scientist, or merely curious, join us for a series of talks, workshops and activities to reflect on your understanding of creativity and explore the nature of interdisciplinary creativity.

Open exhibitions

For Oxfordshire Artweeks, three of the county’s most vibrant and supportive art spaces are hosting ‘open exhibitions’ into which any visual artist from across the county were able to submit a piece of their work. These exhibitions will also give you the the opportunity to see a selection of work from artists who will also be opening their studios as part of Artweeks.
Banbury: On Water
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, Oxon OX16 5QE
2-31st May 10-7pm (Sundays 11-4pm)
The Mill Arts Centre presents an open exhibition on the theme water, imaginatively interpreted in a range of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and 3d work, showcasing the work of artists within a 16 mile radius of Banbury. Work can be handed in at The Mill from 10th April and entry forms, information and terms and conditions are available from the box office and website. All general enquiries should be directed to rachel.cronin@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Didcot: DRAW.SHOW
Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxon OX11 7NE
5 May – 21 June 10-6pm (Sundays 11-4pm)
Cornerstone’s annual open exhibition is always a feast of art from local amateur and professional artists. This year they focus on drawing including a huge range of styles and methods, from cartoons and doodling to drafting plans for machinery, from pencil on paper to chalk on blackboard, and even electronic drawing.
Oxford: The Jam Factory
Hollybush Row, 27 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HU
29 April-27 May 9am-10pm
The Jam Factory’s annual open exhibition showcases contemporary art by established and emerging Oxford artists.

Art Trails

Some groups of artists, coordinated by volunteer organisers, have put together more detailed artist trail maps trail maps to help you navigate from venue to venue within certain villages, towns and localities.

Art talks