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.
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.
David has recently retired as Chief Executive of one of the UK’s larger Trade Associations. He continues to represent them on several European boards and committees. He has experience in Whitehall, the City and the media industry.
David has always been an enthusiastic supporter of Artweeks and is pleased, at last, to have become closely involved. He is also very glad to be able at last to spend more time on his own paintings, and on illustration and photography. Lifelong interests that have, until his retirement, had to take second place to the day job!
David lives in Charlbury with Sally Simpson.
Jim is a self-taught artist who exhibits regularly as part of Artweeks and belongs to a number of art organisations such as OVADA. He works in a variety of mediums and often works to commission, preferring gouache and oils in particular. He has also exhibited with Oxford Art Fair, Oxford Art Society in an Open Exhibition and at the Broadway Arts Festival. He took early retirement from education to focus on painting, although he still works as a tutor for Oxford University Department of Continuing Education and as a consultant for an education charity based in Oxford. He is exhibitions co-ordinator for Oxford Bury Knowle Art Group and has curated small-scale exhibitions locally. He is keen to support local artists by providing encouragement and guidance in showing their work as well as raising awareness of art with local sponsors and the media. His other main interest is photography, focusing on people in landscapes.
Now working as a heritage management consultant, Susan worked in the field of culture and heritage for Historic Scotland for 10 years before her move to Oxford. She is now advising on World Heritage and other cultural and heritage matters for the UK government and the Council of Europe and other organisations. She is also a Trustee of the Oxford Preservation Trust and supports the development of arts, culture and heritage and their value to the whole community. As a Board member she is delighted to be able to contribute to Oxfordshire’s thriving Artweeks.
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.