Oxfordshire Artweeks is an artists' organisation which provides opportunities for Oxfordshire artists and designer-makers with a flagship event in May, a festival of open studios and pop-up exhibitions across the county, in which anyone can take part if they live or work in Oxfordshire or are a member of an established Oxfordshire based art group, society or guild.
The details of all Artweeks members' May exhibitions are presented on this website and in the annual festival guide & art directory, 50,000 copies of which are normally distributed in April and May throughout Oxfordshire and beyond, through a network of local information centres, libraries and many other venues. The festival guide is also widely shared in pdf and flipbook formats.
Wide-spread recognition of the strong Artweeks logo signposting a venue gives the public the confidence to venture into exhibitions.
To support this artists' May festival, Artweeks mounts an effective publicity campaign across the county and beyond through the placement of Artweeks stories in the local media and via social media, to ensure that the festival as a whole is brought to the attention of a wide audience. We also provide newspapers and local magazines, and BBC Oxford and other regional radio stations with feature suggestions about individual artists and designer-makers who have a particularly newsworthy story. To help to you best take advantage of this 'umbrella marketing' and other opportunities, we offer annual workshops (currently free to members) and additional support where possible throughout the year.
As a member, you should expect to help distibute guides, put up posters and sign post your venue as a contribution to the event.
During May Oxfordshire Artweeks also presents an art showcase on-line in parallel with the physical exhibitions, with content drawn from the members' artist portfolios - see below - and on social media in real time.
To accompany the physical exhibitions, annual Artweeks membership includes an online artist portfolio(/profile) with the facility to upload one image of yourself at work and 12 additional images of artwork, to embed three videos and to link to an exhibition catalogue, live-streamed events, social media and selling sites. Artists can also add information on forthcoming exhibitions, workshops and Christmas events. These artist-portfolios have proved to be a successful vehicle for additional sales, artists have been offered commissions and gallery space on the strength of these additional images and they can serve as virtual exhibitions. The website offers a search facility by name/artform.
Members who register a Solo artist virtual exhibition entry for the festival guide will also receive these benefits.
Through Artweeks you will be connected to a comprehensive network of local artists and through regular newsletters be offered a variety of adhoc opportunities for Artweeks artists or of which you might otherwise be unaware.
Join our Oxfordshire Artweeks artists Facebook group here and begin to meet us, or come along to free session with Festival Director Esther Lafferty which covers what you should consider if you are interested in taking part in next year (see here for dates). In 2021 this will take place on Zoom on Wednesday 13th October. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
If you would like to exhibit, you need to register as an Artweeks member, find a venue for your May exhibition and sign up to exhibit either as a solo artist or as part of a group exhibition using the on-line registration system by 31st December in the preceding year. See How do I get involved for further information. All Artweeks members are expected either to exhibit physically in May or to complete the Solo artist virtual exhibition entry form instead to appear in the festival guide.