Artists exhibit during Artweeks for a range of reasons. These include giving the public a chance to see their work, see how it is made and to visit their studios, and meeting people, some primarily for feedback, others to make sales, and becoming involved in the local artist community. While many artists find it most convenient to open their home or studio, others prefer to group together.
Would you like to take part in the Artweeks festival but can't exhibit from home?
It is an artist's responsibility to find and organise a venue for their Artweeks exhibition. However, in the autumn particularly, we are often contacted by venues who are keen to host an Artweeks exhibition, artists who are looking for possible exhibition venues and artists who would look like to share their space with other exhibitors. As and when we hear of these opportunities, we have listed them at the bottom of this page.
Would you like to offer your space as a venue?
Do consider the pros and cons of different venue types.
- From visitor feedback, it is clear that while some of our visitors have a preference for venues that are not private homes, others much prefer to visit an artist in their own environment.
- Please bear in mind that we have found that groups of artists often attract greater footfall than solo artists, and rural venues do tend to be quite a lot quieter than those in town centres. Working with other artists to present a group exhbition however can present more of a challenge than managing your own exhibition in your own way.
- It can be useful to hold an exhibition in a venue that has good footfall for other purposes e.g. a theatre or leisure centre. However, multi-purpose venues, or venues for whom art is not the their primary purpose may need more encouragement with their signage and exhibition promotion.
- Cafes often provide good wall space and long opening hours while the artist needn't be in situ. However, sometimes exhibition visitors find it hard to enjoy artwork over the heads of diners.
By encouraging other local artists to exhibit nearby, an area can become increasingly active within Artweeks – though it may take several years to build a strong artist community within a particular village or locality.
It is now too late to register a new venue for May 2018.
Opportunities for 2020
SOUTH 2nd-10th May 2020
There is a good annual exhibition at Peachcroft Barn, Abingdon. The group has a vacancy for a sculptor or 3 d artist whose work can be displayed in the centre of the barn( not hung on the walls ) They do have some plinths. Please contact Sue Hill on email@example.com
Abingdon County Hall/Museum -opposite St Nick's which is hosting group show, is hosting one exhibition in the main temporary exhibition space on the first floor. They have 2 other dpaces available - the Kempster Room in the basement which has often been used inventively (great spaces for tables, limited wall space) and a small but light corner space in their shop in the main museum space with room to hang perhaps six small pieces, plus there's a table and room for a browser. Interested in either? Please drop firstname.lastname@example.org a line with some samples of your work.
Chalgrove Church hosts a successful multi-artist exhibition each year and has space for a couple of new faces for 2020. If you are interested please contact group organisers GerryColes@btinternet.com or email@example.com to see whether this might work for you.
South NEW venue Newington, postcode OX10 7AG - beautiful church that no longer has regular services has been offered as a new venue for Art Weeks. The church is called St Giles and is in the village of Newington. Contact Alexandra for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org 07786087201
NORTH 9th-17th May 2020
West Ox Arts Gallery in Bampton have space for two 3D artists in their space for North & West Oxfordshire Artweeks next year (9th-17th May). Artists would be part of a large group (contribtion to registration fee, £30) and could choose to take a solo listing in the festival guide too if they wish. The exhibition would run throughout May and the gallery takes a commission of 20% on sales. All artists must be a member of WOA at the time of sign up and exhibition and should be prepared to sit in the gallery for at least two sittings of an estimated 3-4 hours during Artweeks to assist with covering extended gallery opening hours. Interested? Contact email@example.com
St Nicholas church in Idbury OX7 6RU (NW Oxfordshire) is keen to be a venue next year. It would be free to use and could host a group of artists or a number of individuals. Both 2D and 3D artists are welcome - 2D artists would need to being easels/panels/a browser as the church walls are old. The church would be open every day and artists would take it in turns to be present. For further information/to express interest contact firstname.lastname@example.org 07968 956298
Hanwell Village Hall OX17 1HNare keen to host an exhibition next year for Artweeks from 9th - 17th May at a special rate for an artist looking to book several days. Contact email@example.com
CITY 16th-25th May 2020
St. Matthew's Church in S Oxford has been a popular non-selling venue for many years (weekends only) and this year have space to include several other exhibitors either non-selling or taking their own solo artist listing. The space can accommodate reasonably large works, which other venues may not be able to. To express your interest and hear more email firstname.lastname@example.org with a weblink/samples of your work. Esther will forward on your email to the organisers.
Opportunity to join printmaker Uniz Chuey and a group of artists in a variety of media exhibiting collectively at Jericho Community Centre, 33A Canal Street OX2 6BQ For more details, send Uniz a quick email on hello@ArtStudio.Life
Opportunity to share city Summertown home venue, Blandford Avenue OX2. Good light room suitable for 3D art/textiles (not suitable for wall art) contact Philippa for more info: 01865 514670 email@example.com
www Turrillsculpturegarden.org.uk will show lots of work about the garden. We're keen to show new work by Oxfordshire sculptors in any material that is suitable for outdoors. We show for the full 3 weeks of Artweeks. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Space available SUMMERTOWN - pop-up gallery in Summertown, join other artists at Behind the ‘Spice Lounge’193 Banbury Road, hanging space, for the period of the ‘city week’ (16th – 25th May) Contact Kamal Lathar for more information 07976946331 email@example.com
Listed on Oxonarts, the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre space, used regularly during Artweeks. See more at www.oxonarts.info/opportunities/18613
To check the Artweeks area in which your proposed venue falls (see regions map). If you are unsure please contact the office.