Anna Dillon is a talented painter from Aston Tirrold near Didcot who has been the local Artweeks coordinator for the Didcot and Abingdon areas for a number of years. She studied Art and Design at Banbury College before becoming a graphic designer. In 2008 she became a full-time professional artist. She is a member of Oxford Art Society and her work is represented in a number of galleries both locally and further afield.
Caroline Harben grew up in Zimbabwe and had an international business career in market research in various parts of the world, being transferred to the UK in 2000. She moved to Abingdon in 2006, is a member of Abingdon Artists and has exhibited in Artweeks since 2009. As a geographer, her interest lies in painting land and its representations in all their forms – from landscapes and geological wildernesses to maps. She supported Artweeks with her strategic and financial insights for several years prior to be invited to join the board.
Wendy Newhofer is a talented glass artist well known in the Artweeks community, a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild, a member of the Oxford Art Society board and a previous Artweeks Mary Moser prize winner. She was also the local Artweeks coordinator for the Jericho area for a number of years. Her work is represented in a number of galleries both locally and further afield.
Hannah graduated from Manchester with a degree in printed textiles and fashion. She subsequently worked on community arts projects in Manchester with the Hulme Regeneration partnership, collaborating with local artists to promote the area through different art forms. She furthered her love of community work and textiles by travelling to Asia, Mexico, Central and South America to study traditional textiles of these areas, looking at traditional skills and often working with local women and children. Since 2005 she has worked in a secondary school to the south of Oxford, where she leads ‘teaching and learning’ in the large and vibrant creative arts and design faculty. Hannah’s interests are firmly centred on education and the arts and their interface with the community.
Robin is artist in residence at Oxford University, based at a purpose built woodland studio in the University woodlands at Wytham. He is also currently Artist in Residence at Harris-Manchester College, Oxford where he also exhibits his work. In his recent exhibitions, Robin has focussed on relief printmaking - producing several series of reduction and multi-block linocut and woodblock prints. Robin is also a writer, illustrator and academic social anthropologist, whose base outside of Oxford University is at the Flagstone Press strawbale studio in Duns Tew, which he co-founded with his partner Rosie Fairfax-Cholmeley, who is also an artist and illustrator. As well as exhibiting his art work regularly, Robin teaches arts courses to the public at the Pitt Rivers and Oxford Natural History Museums and from his studios in Wytham and Duns Tew. A gallery of his recent work and activities can be found at: www.flagstonepress.co.uk
Mary took up art seriously on retirement and became a printmaker; first working in silk screen and latterly in etching and woodcuts. She has exhibited a number of times in Artweeks and also with the Oxford Art Society, of which she is a member.
Mary became involved in Artweeks in 1992 when, with volunteer colleagues, she organised the 1993 Festival and then remained chair until 1999. Artweeks had for some time been doing residencies in schools but found it increasingly difficult to raise money for this as it was not a designated charity. So Oxfordshire Artweeks Education Charity (Kids@Art), chaired by Mary, was set up to carry out the educational work of Oxfordshire Artweeks. It raised funds and arranged artists’ residencies in schools throughout Oxfordshire also extending its work into Art4Age, with residencies in homes for the elderly before it wound down in 2009.
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