Artweeks' Board

Anna Dillon

Anna DillonAnna 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

Caroline HarbenCaroline 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.

Kate Hipkiss

Kate HipkissKate Hipkiss has worked full time as an artist since 2018, creating layered papercuts of architecture and landscape. She studied Fine Art at Camberwell College of Art and is a qualified teacher of art. Having left teaching in 2006 Kate managed art galleries in Oxfordshire for several years before establishing and running her own craft and fine art gallery in Woodstock until 2017. She is a member of Oxford Art Society and has exhibited with Artweeks since 2010.

Wendy Newhofer

Wendy NewhoferWendy 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 Newton

Hannah NewtonHannah 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.

Sue Side

Sue SideSue Side is an Oxfordshire portrait artist and illustrator, who has long enjoyed sharing her work during Oxfordshire Artweeks. She exhibits regularly as a member of Oxford Art Society as well as through local galleries. In 2015, she was selected to exhibit in the prestigious Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition. An Artist Teacher, Sue is also Head of Art at The Manor Preparatory School in Abingdon, where she aims to encourage a love for Art and artistic expression in all her students.

Jane Strother

Jane StrotherJane Strother is a painter, living, working and exhibiting at Artweeks in Oxford since 1994. She has taken on the co-ordinator role in Headington in previous years. Since student days she has continued to develop her artwork, generally painting and printmaking, as a commercial illustrator for 18 years and as curriculum and tutor manager for Oxfordshire Adult Learning. She has a passion for twentieth century landscape painting and for being in the landscape. Both feed directly into her personal work and teaching. She is a studio painter in that she devises and builds a final image through many stages and layers of paint working from sketches made outdoors, photos and reflection. Once the subject is established, the form of the work takes precedent. ‘I am excited by composition, colour and value relationships, the quality of a mark and its location!’
Teaching is an important aspect of her life and she has experience of all ages, in schools and public and private organisations. Her aim is to support students to develop their own practice, build confidence, knowledge and ideas.

Robin Wilson

Robin WilsonRobin 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

Honorary Director

Mary Moser

Mary MoserMary 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.

Patrons

Will Gompertz

Will GompertzBBC Arts Editor (painting by Tom Croft)

Mark Haddon

Mark HaddonAward-winning Author of best-selling novels (painting by Tom Croft)

Janina Ramirez

Janina RamirezOxford University Lecturer in Art History, author and TV presenter

Staff

Jo Salmon

Jo SalmonFestival Administrator

Esther Lafferty

Esther LaffertyFestival Director