Art events

Inspired by the canal: an exhibition to celebrate Oxford’s secret waterway. sponsored by ECCO
31st March- 28th April 10am-11pm
The Jam Factory, Hollybush Row, 27 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HU
An mixed exhibition in conjunction with The Oxford Canal Heritage Project including paintings by local artists Michele Field, Katherine Shock, Valerie Petts amongst others; work by Oxford printmaker Caroline Maas and photographer David Willoughby and an art installation by Sarah Mayhew Craddock.
Art Installation: Wait ‘til it Settles, by Sarah Mayhew Craddock is inspired by the dark layers of mystery in the quietude of canals. Mayhew Craddock’s is concerned with the psychology of space, the way in which people move around space, consciously or otherwise, and engage with their environment. She is also intrigued by canals and their secrets: for example Oxford’s canal basin is now buried beneath the Worcester Street car park.
In the making of Wait ‘til it Settles, Sarah has ‘bottled’ unsettled waters for public examination, as if presenting a science experiment, to highlight the layers of history that make up The Oxford Canal, once one of the UK’s most important arteries of trade, drawing parallels between the canal and the viewers’ own personal histories.
Art Talk: The Oxford Canal: an artistic history From the industrial origins of the Oxford Canal to its modern leisure-based revival, artists have have provided an invaluable supplement to the historical record of Oxford's resilient 'half-town, half-country' waterway. In a free illustrated talk, Oxford local historian Mark Davies will expand on the varied themes revealed in two centuries of paintings, drawings, and engravings, including traditional narrow boat decoration and artwork related to more recent campaigns to save the Canal and its facilities from closure. 2.30pm on Sunday 27 April 2014 in the Boiler Room Gallery, The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street.  

Artweeks at The Ashmolean

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH
Cubism: a six sided game!
9th & 10th April 1-4pm, drop-in family event. FREE
Come and help recreate some of the museum's most well-known paintings to make a game of matching cubes. Working with artist Francesca Shakespeare, you will help make this exciting interactive artwork, and take home your own little game of cubes. The collaborative sculpture produced will be displayed on the second floor of the Ashmolean amongst the picture galleries from 3-26th May (venue 314).
Supported by Hamptons and ampm Technical Services

Artweeks Marketplace at the Ashmolean 26-27th April 11-2.30pm FREE Come to the Artweeks’ colourful market place, hosted by Britain’s oldest public museum alongside Oxford University's outstanding art and archaeology collections, for a taster of the vibrant talents of artists and designer-makers in Oxfordshire today.
Jacqueline Hopkins (paintings), Malcolm Moor (ceramics), David and Tara Parker-Woolway (paintings and photography), Matthew Wright photography, & SEEN artists: Emily Fermor (Jewellery), Stephen Gold (photography), Christine O'Sullivan (painting), Sarah Smith (painting, printing), Penny Varley (ceramics).
Dianne Frank (botanical drawings),Tam Frishberg (ceramics), Jane Hainsworth (jewellery), Catherine Jeff (paintings and paper cuts), Mary Knowland (painting),Graham Mant (pottery), & Katherine Shock (painting), Richard Shock (wood), Camilla Sopwith (printing).

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. Didcot: Portraits Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxon OX11 7NE
1 May – 1 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 explore the theme of ‘portraits’, showcasing work from across the genres and with a multitude of different inspiration.
Tues 6th May, 6-8pm This exhibition is accompanied by Art Networking Event for local artists and art enthusiasts with a talk from photographer Matthew Wright who will introduce his photographic installation 'The Farrier' , also at The Cornerstone for Artweeks (venue 42).
Banbury: Banburyscapes 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 ‘Banburyscapes’, 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.
Oxford: The Jam Factory Hollybush Row, 27 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HU
3-26th May 12-6pm
The Jam Factory’s annual open exhibition showcases contemporary art by established and emerging Oxford artists.

Art Trails

Banbury Old Town Wander through the streets and lanes of Banbury town with local art at every turn on walls and windows of many independent shops. Vibrant, inspiring and creative 'arty' shop windows can also be found and even one or two shop keepers getting into the spirit of things by dressing up as artists or by being creative themselves, along with free art demonstrations and talks! The town trail will showcase art work by many of the artists that have larger exhibitions in the villages surrounding Banbury. There will also be a chance for young ones to get creative by doing arty wordsearches and a colouring competition.

Oxford City Join O3 Gallery, the Old Fire Station and The Jam Factory for a series of exhibitions and workshops exploring and celebrating creative analogue photography. Lo-Fi, i.e 'Low-fidelity', is a recognised generic term used widely within popular culture to describe photographic practices which embrace low quality exposure and prioritise aesthetic effect over digital accuracy. Throughout this project visitors are encouraged to participate in workshops and photo trails with their own pictures or admire and be inspired by the work of others. Unleash your creative photo potential and get shooting!

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

Art talks

The fifth Jericho Artweeks Lecture: The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London
Tuesday 20th May 8pm FREE (donations welcome)
Lecture St Barnabas Church, Cardigan Street, Jericho OX2 6BG
Hannah Greig, academic and OUP author, talks of London's beau monde as the pinnacle of 18th-century society, drawing admiration and censure. Beneath the glitter, its members - from Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough (associated with Blenheim) to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire - enjoyed unprecedented social, cultural and political power. The lecture uncovers the allure and authority of the famous figures who populated the fashionable world. Refreshments available. Sponsored by OUP.

Developing the Local Cultural Economy and Ecology Thursday 22nd May 6.30-7.30pm FREE Modern Art Oxford, Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP
Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford, talks about buying contemporary art and its greater value; the impact that investing in the creative industries has on cultural tourism, and the local economy. This event is free but please do reserve your place in advance at

Degenerate Art Sat & Sun 17-18th May 2.30-4pm
Braziers Park, Ipsden near Wallingford OX10 6AN
A debate on censorship about art which shocked to accompany an exhibition ‘To deprave and corrupt’, an exhibition within an exhibition.
Fifty years ago John Latham painted an artwork on Braziers Park drawing room wall which was considered scandalous and was removed. If left, it might now be worth more that the estate and mansion together, and that which shocked and appalled is now viewed fondly, with regret for its passing. This event will coincide with Braziers Wood festival.