Need a venue?

All Artweeks members are expected to exhibit during the May festival.

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 2021.

Opportunities for 2022

SOUTH WEEK 14th-22nd May
Artist Denny Webb is looking for a group to join, preferably close to Wallingford.
You can see her art/contact details here

There is a serviced office centre at Monument Park in Chalgrove which is keen to be part of Artweeks and is offering various spaces to artists. Contact LouiseJarman [at] jennings.co.uk to find out more.

Possible opportunity for a jeweller in a South Oxfordshire spot, also home to other artists, close to Didcot. Contact esther@artweeks.org in the first instance.

VENUE ALERT: newly revamped Faringdon Town Hall is open for hire (£40 a day; South area) and a good light space for an Artweeks venue, near to the popular Great Coxwell Group. Would be great for perhaps 3 or 4 artists to share, incl 3D work. Town Council expect to be very supportive with local marketing and it's in Esther's patch so there's great potential for an article in the town magazine. The exhibition space is upstairs; there is disabled access vis a lift. Email Esther[at]artweeks.org in the first instance.

There is an opportunity to join a multi-artist Artweeks 2022 exhibition at St Blaise Church, High Street Milton following two successful exhibitions there in 2018 and 2019. It is a very convivial space in the beautifully refurbished church with tea and homemade cakes available in our cafe area and the Plum Pudding Pub across the road with ample parking. Several of our previous exhibitors have moved away so they are just 3/4 at present and looking for other artists to join us. If you are interested please contact malcolmmoor[at]aol.com

NORTH WEEK 21st-29th May

Updated call-out for artists in any medium for Art at Farm-ED to exhibit within the inspiring eco-buildings at Farm-ED based at Honeydale Farm near Chipping Norton, an exciting new venue for 2022. Exhibition dates: May 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 & 29.
The underlying theme is Biodiversity, Climate & Sustainable Food. Commission 10%.
To express interest: Email fiona@farm-ed.co.uk ASAP using the heading ‘Art at Farm-ED application’. Your submission should include a CV & statement setting out how you would use this opportunity, together with 2 – 4 images of recent work or ideally, a link to your website.

To check the Artweeks area in which your proposed venue falls (see regions map). If you are unsure please contact the office.